Sunday, June 22, 2014

# #8 Sunday # Post

Lone Wolf -Snippet Sunday

~~Warning: adult language, mature themes~~

On Sundays, I share tidbits of my works in progress as part of Weekend Warrior’s 8-Sentence Sunday

I've been busy working on some short fiction this week. This is from Lone Wolf, a story based on my Lone Wolves of Shay Falls series. 

Sue's limbs were shaking while she forced open the squeaky truck door and stepped out into the blazing sun. A warm breeze blew strands of pale hair into her face, and she brushed her vision clear while she carefully approached the injured animal. It lay without moving, save for the erratic, rapid rise and fall of its ribs. As she came around in front of the wolf, she saw his eyes squeezed shut and his long, pink tongue hanging out. Blood seeped on the ground beneath him—a glance confirmed it was, in fact, a male-but not so much that blood loss alone would have killed him.
Guilt and an odd sense of responsibility pierced her stomach, even though there was nothing she could have done to avoid hitting the creature. An idea struck that she never should have considered, but it took hold of her heart and squeezed hard. She headed for the flatbed of her truck and dug around until she found the old blanket and a snow shovel.

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  1. Oh no! Poor wolf! You've drawn a painful imagery >< I hope she's able to help him. Great snippet!

  2. Poor thing. It must feel awful having injured an animal. I hope she can help it somehow. Very emotional 8.

  3. Quite a wrenching scene! Two things - a nit, typo - you have squeezed "hart" instead of "hard" and I didn't need the "she could tell it was a him from what was down near his tail". The phrase threw me off. I think most people will assume she can tell she's looking at a male wolf without dancing around how she knows. But maybe that's just me. I am enjoying the story, can't wait for more.

    1. "hart"...oh my, I laughed at that one. Thank you so much for catching it! I also made an adjustment to the sentence "down near the tail". Great feedback!

  4. Oh, no! That poor animal. Heartbreaking description! I think I can guess the crazy idea she's entertaining--and it's not an especially good one. Still, I'd be tempted to try to fix the problem, too.

  5. Oh, hitting an animal with your car is such a horrible feeling. I hope he's not going to die...

  6. Could get very interesting if she's strong enough to get the injured "animal" into the truck bed.


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