My name is Jehen, and I’m in charge here–so they say, anyway. The truth of the matter is something more complicated, but then the ones planet-side don’t have the faintest idea of what happens out in space. They have the logs, and the simulators, but it’s not the same.
As a veteran told me when I was ten or so. That was Mavra Two-Eyes; she was one of the rare ones who came back. With a glass camera for an eye and sophisticated prostheses that she told them not to bother to hide. We all know what that means, and it’s only on those other worlds that folk stare. On Sarronny, we’re lucky to get repaired and it was a good job, so it’s admired much the way that … oh, I suppose, some sort of very expensive personal adornment is on the other worlds.
During the second half of October, I will be posting character interview excerpts for this year’s NaNo novel, Inside the Jump. This week’s excerpt comes from the interview with Jehen, the starship captain who will be taking on the role of detective when a political murder is committed on her ship.
My NaNoPrep is based on the thirty-day character questionnaire. Who are your people? This is a magical tool for finding out! Watch my NaNoFeed posts for more information about ways to use the character interview to generate plot.
Weekend Writing Warriors offers eight-sentence excerpts from a variety of writers; see the other excerpts here.
This eight made me very curious about your story. Nicely done.
Great snippet. I agree with Millie, the last sentence is fantastic.
I love your prose. Another fantastic snippet, beautiful and haunting!
Interesting excerpt…they obviously live in difficult times but seem quite matter of fact about it. I’d love to read more!
Sounds like an interesting world/universe.
This world seems very complex.
What a great way to tie WeWriWa into your Nano prep. Jehen’s world certainly sounds complicated. Thanks for sharing.