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Eight Sentences: Zeelia (11)

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The mound shifted with a long, drawn-out groan as it sloughed off into the water. Despite the glowing fungi and gentle luminosity in the background it was not easy to see details in the murkiness. She moved away from the water's edge, headed towards what resembled a tangled mass of roots. It didn't move when she touched it, so she grabbed hold and started climbing. Soon she could look out across the dimness from a vantage point a few hundred feet above the water level. For what it was worth. Which wasn't much. She nearly fell off her perch atop the roots when she started awake at the sound of voices and the approach of lights.



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Eight Sentences: Zeelia (10)

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Minutes, hours, days; she had no idea how long she slept there in the mud. Her arms and legs ached, partly from the fall, mostly from the impact and the strain of fighting her way free of the water while wearing armor. The muck covering her and matting her hair was mostly dry. Perhaps it would prove good camouflage, despite the reek, though she had no illusions about eluding her pursuers. It would take more than a blind jump and a dizzying fall through an impossible rain forest to escape the ones hunting after her. If she were to get away, then she would need to make it more trouble than it was worth to continue pursuing her. So she took her time, like her instructors had constantly drilled into her during training, and carefully examined her surroundings while she quietly extricated her legs from the mud and picked a likely looking direction. When she was ready, she quickly made her way towards what looked like higher ground, it was time to see what she'd gotten herself into this…

Eight Sentences: Zeelia (9)

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Sputtering and blowing, she fought her way to the surface in a torrent of bubbles. The water was cold, her limbs stiff, the armor heavy, but she struggled her way back up to the air with implacable determination. She was on the verge of exhaustion, but there was no way she would give up now. Not now. No time to lose, she spotted some sort of pink and green smears off to one side, so she headed towards them. Half swimming, half floundering, she kept going until she was crawling and clawing her way through mud and finally she touched something almost solid. Darkness claimed her then. Surrounded by softly luminous fungi and a host of tiny white frogs that resumed their croaking chorus after the intruder had lain still for a few minutes.



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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (Wormfest 2014)

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The Second Annual National Wormhole Week or Wormfest 2014 is a fun blog-hop co-hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, Stephen Tremp, and L. Diane Wolf. Last year we were asked where we would go and what we would do if we could slip back in time via a wormhole. This year we've been asked to name one thing where science advances mankind, and one where technology with unforeseen consequences will go too far and set mankind back. What a great theme.


One Step Forward...
Life Extension. Being able to extend a person's active, productive life-span by a few more years or perhaps even decades or centuries would give those who receive this gift more time to do great things. Instead of slowly, inexorably crumbling into dementia and oblivion, the greatest minds of each generation could go through an extended personal renaissance. If it became possible to extend lifespans past the century-mark, to live for multiple centuries or even longer, it would transform everything. The so-called 'Long view…

Eight Sentences: Zeelia (8)

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She fell through another section of interlocking or overlapping canopy. Then another. Another. Gravity seemed lighter here than what she was used to back in the ruins. Then the murky-dark ground came rushing up at her with vicious force. She closed her eyes. Darkness enveloped her. Dark, cold waters rapidly surrounded her, buffeting her ears and slapping her all over as they swallowed her and she plunged down, down, down into the cold embrace of some stygian lake.



PreviousNext An IntroductionAn IndexDatadex/Appendix The Weekend Writing Warriors site sponsors a round of 8-sentence excerpts every weekend. Zeelia (1) was my first 8-sentence except and has become a regular weekly feature here at my blog. There is a new Linky-list at Weekend Writing Warriors for everyone participating in the blog-hop each weekend. Be sure to check out some of the other writers!

Eight Sentences: Zeelia (7)

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A trickle of Blood ran down her cheek like a tear. She looked up at the gargantuan leaf overhead. The hole where she fell through. It would be a lot less work to just go to sleep here and now, next to the scummy pool. Ripples. Something moved in there. She had no interest in waiting around to see what lived in the water, so she got back onto her feet and picked a new direction. The soil thinned out the farther she moved from the pool; she never saw the edge of this leaf until she was tumbling down past it.



PreviousNext An IntroductionAn IndexDatadex/Appendix The Weekend Writing Warriors site sponsors a round of 8-sentence excerpts every weekend. Zeelia (1) was my first 8-sentence except and has become a regular weekly feature here at my blog. There is a new Linky-list at Weekend Writing Warriors for everyone participating in the blog-hop each weekend. Be sure to check out some of the other writers!