Weekend Writing Warriors #128 – Revenant (Part 168)

Time for another 8 sentences from Revenant. As always these pick up immediately from the last lot so please follow this link to see what preceded this week’s offering.


    “I didn’t mean to…” Ryan let out a long breath. “Listen, you’re right, I’ve spent too long feeling sorry for myself.”
    “I care about you, Ryan.”
    Ryan managed a weak smile. “I shouldn’t have said those things. I lashed out, and I hurt you. Please believe that I’ve never blamed you for what happened.”
    “Then why have you been avoiding me?”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #127 – Revenant (Part 167)

Has it been a week already? Last week I indicated that the previous scene had come to a close, but I have decided that isn’t the case so there’s still more to come before I am happy to conclude this chapter of the story. As always these pick up immediately from the last lot so please follow this link to see what preceded this week’s offering.


    Ryan busied himself with the controls as Marcus exited the cockpit. Cerebral implants acted in concert with hands as he plotted the course to the third and final colony ship.
    Kassandra watched him work, her gaze like a physical weight on his chest. He tried to ignore her but it soon became too much. “What?” he said, perhaps a little firmer than he’d intended.
    Kassandra’s eyes widened, but she recovered in a heartbeat. “I’m sorry.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #126 – Revenant (Part 166)

Sunday once again, and that means it’s time for another 8 sentences from Revenant. The final snippet in this scene before we enter the home stretch of the story. As always these pick up immediately from the last lot so please follow this link to see what preceded this week’s offering.


    The men faced each other for a long moment. Marcus, wore an expression of challenge, as if daring Ryan to fault the logic of his comments. Of course Ryan recognised the truth in Marcus’ words and could appreciate what it took for the man to speak them.
    “Best head back and strap yourself in,” he said finally. “The Zheng He is in orbit around Saturn. We won’t be saving anything if we just stay here yabbering.”
    Marcus held Ryan’s gaze for a heartbeat longer, before his face softened into a smile. “Aye aye, Captain.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #125 – Revenant (Part 165)

Hello again, did you miss me? I spent last weekend in the country with my sister and brother-in-law making sausages, salamis, and prosciuttos (Italian style cured ham) and didn’t have a computer with me. This week I am back with another 8 sentences from Revenant. As always these pick up immediately from the last lot so please follow this link to see what preceded this week’s offering.


    Kassandra’s face reddened and she looked away, Ryan too felt a flush of colour in his cheeks at Marcus’ words. “I suppose I hadn’t thought about it like that.”
    Marcus nodded sagely. “Which is why I came up here to point it out. You two are better than this petty bickering. The fact is you need each other, and beyond that this crew needs you to be focussed on the mission. We’re trying to save the world for fuck’s sake.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #124 – Revenant (Part 164)

Boy this week has just flown by. It being Sunday again means that Marcus gets to continue with his rant. This snippet continues immediately from last week, with Marcus speaking, so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


The two of you have been walking on eggshells since he woke up. I know that you’ve been through the wringer with everything that’s happened but it doesn’t do to have our two most experienced space-farers distracted while the rest of us are out there risking our lives.
    “Now I admit it’s been a bit of a cakewalk so far, what with that airborne whosimawhatsit you developed, but in case you hadn’t noticed we’re in deep space and one hell of a long way from help. So I’d ask you both to stow this argument at least until we’re in a far less life threatening situation.” He shifted his gaze between the pair of them. “Am I clear?”
    Ryan’s mouth moved like a fish struggling for breath.
    “Let me help you out. This is the part where you say, yes Marcus, you’re right, how could I have been so selfish.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #123 – Revenant (Part 163)

Sunday is once more upon us and that means that I have the next 8 sentences of Revenant to share with you today. As always, this snippet continues immediately from last week, so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    “Just thought you’d like to know that the team are all squared away.”
    Ryan nodded. “Thanks, Marcus. Now if you don’t mind…”
    “Actually I do. Don’t you know it upsets the children to hear mummy and daddy fighting like this?”
    “We’re not—”
    “Pup, pup, pup,” Marcus raised a hand to cut him off, “I’m not finished.


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Weekend Writing Warriors #122 – Revenant (Part 162)

Hello all, and apologies once again for having to miss the last couple of Sundays. The house move is all but finished now. All that remains is to clean the old place before handing the keys over to the new owners as well as the seemingly endless task of unpacking. In all I am glad that we’ve moved but definitely not keen to repeat the process anytime in the near future.

I have the next 8 sentences of Revenant to share with you today. As always, this snippet continues immediately from last week, so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    “What do you think I’ve been doing?”
    “But you’re focussing on the wrong thing. You’ve been fighting against me rather than the real issue; you’re damaged nerves. If you want to be able to walk unassisted again swallow your foolish pride and let me help you.”
    Ryan’s heart quickened and his hands balled into fists. “Foolish pride! Is that what you really believe this is about?”
    Whatever Kassandra might have said in response was lost when Marcus poked his head into the cockpit.


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A Note for all the Weekend Writing Warriors

Hi all, I’d like to apologise for my continued absence in this wonderful weekly snippet tour. I am in the middle of moving house and after nearly 20 years at the same address you can imagine just how much stuff my family and I have accumulated in that time. It also apparently does not move itself so we have been madly ferrying our precious junk from place to place and it is, quite frankly, an exhausting and tedious process. As such my creative juices are at a low ebb as is my energy.

Hopefully it will all be done by next weekend (we still have to clean our old place once everything is moved) so I can dive once more into the next 8 sentences of Revenant.

See you all on the other side.

Weekend Writing Warriors #121 – Revenant (Part 161)

I’m back home from Thailand in chilly Melbourne once again. It was good to be away but it’s good to be home too. Here are the next 8 sentences of Revenant. As always, this snippet continues immediately from last week, so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    Ryan kept his eyes down. He didn’t trust himself to meet her gaze. “I know, and I’m sorry. I’ve been so wrapped up in my own bullshit and I spoke without thinking.”
    Kassandra sighed. “So stop whining and get your head out of your arse. Self-pity is an unattractive quality in a person and it definitely doesn’t suit you. You’re supposed to be a fighter, so fight.”


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Weekend Writing Warriors #120 – Revenant (Part 160)

This weekend’s post comes to you from a hotel room in Thailand. As I type this a band of rain has blanketed the city reducing what was once a lovely view of the beach and bay to a wall of roiling grey. It just seemed like the prefect opportunity to work on these next 8 sentences of Revenant. As always, this snippet continues immediately from last week, so if you want to see what has come before then just follow this link.


    Kassandra’s jaw dropped, and she looked at him. “Not you,” she said after a moment. “I won’t take that from you.”
    Ryan turned away unable to face the pain he’d caused her. As soon as the words left his mouth he knew he’d gone too far. “Kassandra, I didn’t mean—”
    “Do you have any idea how hard it’s been for me? To be treated like some kind of angel of death. I’ve had to come to terms with that from them, but I never thought I’d need to with you.


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