Thursday, June 22, 2017

RustCity 17 Flash Fiction: Suzanne Sabol

I'm delighted to welcome back to Alpha Heroes another veteran of the RustCity Five Words Flash Fiction game!  Good to see you back, Suzanne -- please introduce yourself:

Hi Nicola! I'm Suzanne M. Sabol and I write Urban Fantasy with a little bit of Paranormal Romance. I tend to favor the more graphic and dark plot lines. There's a lot of action and violence in my books. So, if you like action packed, my books going to hit the spot. I love books - of course - and Disney, especially the secondary characters. That's weird, I know, but I'm a total Disney girl.

I have a definite soft spot for Disney myself. What is your favorite kind of hero?

I like heroes that are damaged. James Bond (books, not the movies) was my favorite growing up and I think that probably shaped more about me than I should probably admit.

Bond certainly sets a high standard for heroes!  Are you ready to play?

You know it!

OK! Suzanne is continuing our "Anything Goes" category for this round. Authors are welcome to bring in any kind of element they wish to this category, from time travel to zombies. What's the catch? Incorporate five random words from the previous player! Suzanne's challenge words: violet, abyss, book, curse, tombstone.  OK, Suzanne, take it away!

The Hunters

Part One, by Stacy McKitrick
Part Two:

Rising from the upturned earth, a giant worm slithered and screamed through a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth. It opened its hideous maw, revealing a black abyss of nothingness. He’d read about Mongolian death worms in the book of magic and mythos. But he had never seen one. Hadn’t really believed they’d existed until he was staring one down in a cemetery.

Twelve feet long and three feet in diameter, the death worm thrashed back and forth as it broke itself free of the grave’s hold. Slamming against two tombstones with its heavy body, the worm extricated itself with a force that shook the ground clear over to Rick.

“Shit,” Rick hissed, dropping the stake in his grip.

“Um,” Suzie stammered. “Please tell me you brought a knife.”

“In the car.”

“Shit,” Suzie parroted.

Yep, that about sums it up, Rick thought. But this wasn’t new. When a curse had been cast, damning him all those centuries ago to hunt creatures like this, he hadn’t been prepared then either. Not for the unending years. Not for the knowledge of the creatures that haunted the darkness.

Inching back from the enormous creature, he held his breath as its stench of sulfur and ruptured bowls filled his nose. The slime the worm left in its wake shimmered violet in the full moonlight, giving it an eerie glow as he plotted his next move.

“Rick,” Suzie whispered but not quite soft enough. The worm snapped in our direction, finding prey. The death worm slithered between the car and their position. Suzie would have to make a run for it which would leave her open. They didn’t have a choice.

“Run for the car and get the knife. Hell, get the sword,” Rick barked.

“What are you going to do?” she shrieked.

“Don’t worry about me. Just go.”

She hesitated for a moment but then took several steps back, circling around the back of the shed to take the long way around. The worm might be large but it was quick. It was now or never.

With a deep breath, he pounced.


Whoa! Vampires or zombies would've been way too predictable, don't you agree? This is what I love about this game!  Find more from Suzanne at her website.
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Rue Allyn said...

Great starter, Stacy. Can't wait to know what happens next.

Rue Allyn said...

Guess I should have said Stacy and Suzanne. The writing is so seamless, I couldn't tell where part one ended and part 2 began. Great job, ladies.

Nicola O. said...

Thanks for stopping by, Rue! See you soon! (hint hint)


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