Thursday, August 05, 2010

Inhuman | Chapter 14: Sacrifice [old edition]

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NOTE: This is an old version of Inhuman, which is currently undergoing extensive revisions that include a stylistic overhaul and several chapters’ worth of new content. Stay tuned for the final version, due out whenever I finally slay the procrastination demon that’s taken up residence in my brain. (The bastard.) Meanwhile, please note that the following may not be representative of my current writing skills and is kept here primarily for archival purposes.

The race for safety and battle for survival continues.


— CHAPTER FOURTEEN —

Sacrifice

Crack. The sound reverberated like a whip as a large fissure suddenly appeared in the door … Aki took a half-step behind him, her hand around his waist … The crack slowly grew, the edges reaching each side of the doorframe, the reinforced glass finally starting to fail under the endless barrage it had held up so valiantly against …

This is it … we’re done … I tried, love, I tried … but I couldn’t …

Sean pulled her into his arms quite tightly, willing to shield her from everything around them and their impending destruction, focusing on the softness of her fur, the warmth of her body; goddamn it, he loved her so much … He felt the wetness where her face pressed into his shoulder and he had no doubt she could feel the droplet on her muzzle …

Another crack, another fracture, this time in the window … then another … and another … and …

KA-BANG

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Inhuman | Chapter 13: The Rescue [old edition]

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NOTE: This is an old version of Inhuman, which is currently undergoing extensive revisions that include a stylistic overhaul and several chapters’ worth of new content. Stay tuned for the final version, due out whenever I finally slay the procrastination demon that’s taken up residence in my brain. (The bastard.) Meanwhile, please note that the following may not be representative of my current writing skills and is kept here primarily for archival purposes.

Sean must find a way out of the hell he landed in and rescue the ones he loves.


— CHAPTER THIRTEEN —

The Rescue

NO!

Sean was shaking hard, his efforts to remain calm abandoned, but with nowhere near the intensity of the poor foxgirl on the screen. He was leaning forwards from his seat over the metal table as though trying to reach her, to save her, but his restraints and the cruel presence of General Xander made him stay put, no matter how furiously he was straining against his cuffs or how madly his heart thumped in his chest. He couldn’t help it; his eyes were powerless to avoid staring at her, her violently writhing and twisting body, her reflexively flexing claws, her streaming, bloodshot eyes, her gaping muzzle as she let loose any number of silent cries that the muted display saved him from hearing. He tried to keep his head clear, but the terrible, irresistible scene before him filled his heart and mind with a maelstrom of horror, rage and panic.