One of my darlings

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Short Story Snippets | Posted on 16-10-2014

Memories of a dead world worked to erase the beauty of the planet that lay before her. Xandra M’Ren fought, without success, against the nightmare. It returned again and again to remind her of all she’d lost, each time she closed her eyes.

“Alexandra where are you? Come to me.” Sweet and low, JasHaarr’s voice called from tall windowless buildings. “Alexandra I’m here.” Love flowed and caressed with a soft whisper.  

Her heart ached. “JasHaarr! JasHaarr! Where are you?” she screamed. Hollow and empty, the sound echoed through once life filled streets.

This time I’ll find him, find him before it’s too late.

The force of JasHaarr’s voice tugged at her. “Alexandra… Alexandra…”

Despite the longing something held her back. She tried to get away, to go after her love. A firm grip kept her in place.

“Xandy, wake up.” A strong male voice soothed with her childhood nickname as it broke through the fog of her dream. “Xandy wake up, now.”

She opened her eyes. Belted in by a safety harness, she struggled to get free. It did no good, besides JasHaarr was gone. There was only one way to be with him now. Am I ready for that? she wondered.

Hello From Jodi

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 02-10-2014

A new month, and another realization. I have really been neglecting my webpage. There was one particular spam post that brought this to my attention. So one more challenge each week. I will post something new, no matter how small to my webpage.

This is a busy month. Even though I will not be going to the Surrey International Writers Conference this year, I still have the time off from my day job. This will give me time to prepare for NaNoWriMo and dive more into the edit of my book.

I think it’s time to start submitting my book to agents. This means research as well as finishing this last time through my book.

If Only I’d Known 6

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Short Story Snippets | Posted on 21-08-2014

That was too easy, Eihpos cackled. Come on. We need to get started on the rescue. Now.

“But I’m supposed to go to the basement.” One last chance to escape slid away when the elevator opened and the cart seemed to wheel itself inside. The door snapped closed before Sophie could follow.

“If we don’t gather them and get them out of here the world will suffer.” Eihpos’ words bounced like Sophie’s had before.  But these were much more terrifying.

“But they were the monsters of history.” Sophie wouldn’t budge.

Were is the key word. That is it is if you get them out of here. If they stay they will be used to wreak more havoc. The only thing that can stop them is exposure to natural forces.

“But why would they want this?”

It’s not their choice to make. They were twisted by their time and their circumstances. Besides do you really wish them on your world again? Wasn’t once enough?

Disbelief wafted through Sophie and overwhelmed her. Fear was hard to overcome. Even though she had spent little time on studies, there had been stories. “Th…there are so many of them.” How can I get them all out? I don’t even have my cleaning cart anymore.”

The dog was by her side once more. You don’t have to get them anywhere. What you need to do is lead the way.

Before Sophie could think of a way to respond, a crash from the room they’d left rocked the silence.

Eihpos stood at the door, trying to keep it closed. The pressure was too much for her. “Help me,” she screamed. For once the self-contained mirror image of Sophie was out of control. “Help me, I said!”

“I thought you said they wanted to go.” Sophie ran to her side.

“No. I said it wasn’t their choice. You have to get them out of here.” Eihpos moved over so Sophie could help her. Together they pushed their way back into the room.

The cats that had been on the shelves that lined the walls had all jumped down. They gathered together and started to move toward Sophie and Eihpos.

A growl grew in Sophie’s throat. “Stay back” she said.

The felines stopped their forward movement. Eihpos linked her arm through Sophie’s. “They aren’t going to hurt you. They are as eager to get this over with as you are.”

Sophie sighed. How did I get myself into this? she wondered.

You volunteered. The dog put his muzzle into Sophie’s left hand. If you hadn’t Eihpos wouldn’t be here.

“They took your memory of that away, when they cloned me,” said Eihpos

“They did what?”  Sophie’s knees threatened to give way. She stepped back to press against the now closed door. It gave her the support she needed while affirming there was no escape. “Who are they?” Dread overwhelmed curiosity.

“You saw the sign?”

“Black Mesa Research. But research is for education.”  Sophie knew she was wrong. She felt rather than saw the cats coming closer.

If Only I’d Known 5

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Short Story Snippets | Posted on 12-07-2014

There was no use trying to stay on this floor. Maybe if she finished up somewhere else, she might be able to sneak back. Either way, Jim wasn’t going to let her do anything but what he commanded her to do.

A light touch on her shoulder let Sophie know she wasn’t alone. I’ll go with you. Two working together will help things go faster.

Fine, Sophie sighed, then turned back to Jim. “What floor do you want me to take now?”

“Well, I guess. You did do a pretty good job. I’ll go back to the main floor. Finish up in the basement, then report to me there.”

At least he wasn’t going to tag along with her. He probably would have, if she hadn’t answered back.

“I’ll expect you by two thirty. That’s close to the end of your shift.” He wrinkled his nose.

Plenty of time. Plenty of time, said Eihpos.

“What?”

Sophie jumped. “I didn’t say anything.”

Jim rubbed the back of his neck. “This floor always gives me the creeps.” Elevator doors swished open. “I’m not waiting.” He walked inside. “It won’t take long for this to get back up here for you.” Inside, he pushed a button, the doors closed, and he was gone.

That was too easy, Eihpos cackled. Come on. We need to get started on the rescue. Now.

“But I’m supposed to go to the basement.” One last chance to escape slid away when the elevator opened and the cart seemed to wheel itself inside. The door snapped closed before Sophie could follow.

“If we don’t gather them and get them out of here the world will suffer.” Eihpos’ words bounced like Sophie’s had before.  But these were much more terrifying.

“But they were the monsters of history.” Sophie wouldn’t budge.

Were is the key word. That is it is if you get them out of here. If they stay they will be used to wreak more havoc. The only thing that can stop them is exposure to natural forces.

“But why would they want this?”

It’s not their choice to make. They were twisted by their time and their circumstances. Besides do you really wish them on your world again? Wasn’t once enough?

Disbelief wafted through Sophie and overwhelmed her. Fear was hard to overcome. Even though she had spent little time on studies, there had been stories. “Th…there are so many of them.” How can I get them all out? I don’t even have my cleaning cart anymore.”

The dog was by her side once more. You don’t have to get them anywhere. What you need to do is lead the way.

Before Sophie could think of a way to respond, a crash from the room they’d left rocked the silence.

Eihpos stood at the door, trying to keep it closed. The pressure was too much for her.

If Only I’d Known 4

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Short Story Snippets | Posted on 05-07-2014

“You….It’s your fault.” The ghostly figure raised an emaciated hand. A boney finger pointed adding accusation to the words.

“Ssssssh,” voices chorused with fear.

Sophie tried to back out of the room, but she found her avenue of retreat blocked. The dog, somehow she knew it was a Basenji, the pet of the pharos, pressed his mussel into her back.

It is too late to leave now. The words grew in Sophie’s mind. Throughout the room heads nodded agreement.

“How did you get here?” Sophie’s words bounced against the ceiling expressing her fear better than any sentence she could form.

“Sssssh.”

How does not matter. What matters is that you have come to rescue them.

“Re…rescue? How? I can’t.” Besides, she didn’t want to.

The figures had all turned toward Sophie. They formed a circle with no escape.

It is not them you need fear. The Basenji joined the circle and faced her.

Silence descended with the whoosh of the elevator door opening.

“Hey, where are you?” Jim called out.

“Ssssh.”

Don’t answer him. Multiple voices had turned to one single one that echoed in her brain. He wants to take you away from us.

“Sophie? Where are you?” Jim’s voice grew louder getting closer. “You’re shift’s half over, and you haven’t gotten a tenth of your work done. Sophie?” The voice trailed off. Jim must be headed for the bathrooms.

“He knows I’m here,” Sophie’s whisper was as quiet as she could make it, but she knew everyone could hear her.  Everyone except Jim, at least she hoped he couldn’t.

You have to go out now. Tomorrow come back and we shall start the plan.

“The plan?” Sophie had always feared conflict.

“That’s why you have me. It is meant to be.” Eihpos, unable to contain hr excitement, did a little dance.

“Why me?” Sophie wanted to run and hide like she always had before. Why she didn’t mystified her.

Eihpos linked her arm through Sophie’s. “You just don’t understand yet how strong you are. That’s why you have me.”

“Sophie. Come on. Stop playing games.” Jim’s voice grew louder with irritation. “If you want to keep…”

“I’m here.” Sophie felt herself pushed into the hallway.

Jim stood there. “I’m really getting tired of your games. If you don’t want to work why don’t you stop wasting everyone’s time?” he growled.

It was bad enough that he always had to be mean about something, but Sophie was really tired that he didn’t give her any credit. “Did you check the bathrooms?” she asked.

“Well…”

“And were they clean?”

“Yeah.”

“Then what’s the problem?” She grabbed the cart and headed for the elevator, her temper taking control.