The sea is bright tonight, under the Greater Moon. Somewhere on the shores of the Inland Sea, the Sarronny grubbers are dancing and the cadets watching them in fascination. The Great Council are considering the evidence our agents have submitted to them. Martisset the Elder, in retirement on the Greater Island, no doubt is composing poems to the Moons, or perhaps to the stars.
I am standing in the deep shadow of the villa, on the side where no lights reach the sea. Overhead stretches the Road of the Stars, the trace of the galaxy into whose heart we look.
So many worlds, so many possibilities: an empire spanning the stars — that would be something to aspire to, and then to wish for it as well a seemly duration. All things perish and all things pass away, but it will be millennia before that happens, if we set the foundations firmly; behind the picket-line of the Outposts, a rich prize awaits us.
The question is “One last moment, in great detail.” From character interview with Temn, the villain-in-chief of Inside the Jump (NaNo 2013). Weekend Writing Warriors offers eight-sentence excerpts from a variety of writers; see the other excerpts here.
This is almost a prose poem. Beautiful.
I love your voice in this excerpt, you’re creating a world that comes alive and is full of promise.Thank you for sharing.
What a beautiful piece. I love this!
Very engaging. This is a character with some real promise.
I’m in love with the tone of this, such beautiful prose. Excellent excerpt!
All I can say is Ditto to the above comments….
Very atmospheric, and rife with possibility. I love the Road of the Stars, makes me think they must be on the outskirts of the galaxy .
A night sky full of stars captured in prose. thanks for the journey.