Friday, October 29, 2021

In Vulnerable - A Short Story

Another background tale from the Starforce Saga. This story takes place a few years before Burden of Solace and features a couple of the characters from that book. You might even recognize an unnamed redheaded medical student in the beginning. 😉 This story answers Cassie's question from Burden - "Who's Gina?" It also features one of my favorite characters: Ironhorse. More about him later.
BTW, this story took 2nd place in the 2019 Writerwerx Short Story Contest.

In Vulnerable

by Richard L. Wright

   Nate’s thoughts blurred as they wheeled him through the emergency room entrance. Hands pressed against his chest, urging him to lay back down on the moving gurney. Concern etched the face of the young redheaded woman as she looked him over, but she wouldn’t meet his eyes. Nate tried to look around, hoping to see his father.
   Where is he? Was he sent to a different hospital?
   “Please, sir,” the redhead insisted. “You need to keep calm.”
   “How is he still conscious?” Nate heard another voice whisper. “I can’t imagine the pain.”
   The small entourage that surrounded him banged through one set of hallway doors after another, finally arriving in a room. Two nurses and the petite redhead efficiently transferred his prone form to an examining table. He looked to his right and saw Gina lying on the next table. She met his eyes for a scant second and then cringed, looking away before someone pulled the curtain between them. Over the chaos of activity, he couldn’t be sure, but it sounded like she was crying.
   “I keep telling you, I’m fine. Where’s my father? Jim Gorman - big guy, early 60’s. Is he OK?”
   The redhead exchanged looks with a paramedic as she prepared an IV line and tied a length of soft rubber tubing around his upper right arm. The paramedic shrugged.
   “I don’t know,” she answered. “I’ll try to find out. But, right now you need to let us worry about you. Now, you’re going to feel a little stick. Hold very still.”
   She positioned the needle against Nate’s skin.
   “Good luck with that,” the paramedic snorted.
   Nate watched as the needle bent, crumpling into a zig-zag.
   “Dammit,” she muttered under her breath. She detached the ruined needle and tossed it into a red plastic container attached to the wall, then reached for another IV set from a bin. Before she could rip open the plastic bag, the paramedic laid a hand on hers.
   “Don’t bother,” he said. “I wasted seven on him. None of them went in.”

Thursday, October 21, 2021

The COMPLETE Staforce Saga now available for Kindle


Bundle up! Now you can purchase the entire 3-book Saga in one volume!

We call them exohumans - non-human by law. Admired by some, hated and feared by others, they’ve existed throughout history. And Cassie Whelan has just become one of them. Her anger can destroy but her compassion can heal any wound. One man, a horribly disfigured exo who is falling in love with her, may hold the key to saving her and her world. Or he may just break her heart.