It’s my fault, really: I cut my teeth on writing visual novels, so I expect multiple endings. Of course, that’s a luxury that trad novels don’t have. I am now embarking on the third attempt to kill everyone* in Cursed Hearts. Given my track record, it will take at least two more attempts. Look: here’s “Bad End #1:”
He ran at her. Her horrid grin returned at she ran at him, her arms stupidly held out behind her. I cannot let her touch me! Must render her unconscious…! In less than two seconds they closed –
Maya jumped; he’d seen her flex just a moment too late: his right hand over his head closed on air just an inch below her foot. He skidded to a halt, knowing before turning about he’d lost: there was no way to get to Cat in time. He turned about.
Maya was holding the hands of a shaking and crying Cat, speaking to her softly. But not so soft that Chris could not pick out the word “…death!” Reacting at last, Corporal Cortez directed the team of men towards the wrecked car. The fire was spreading.
Chris began a steady walk towards the only two things that mattered to him. At three meters, Maya spoke up, without turning.
“No closer, brother! Or I eat her!”
“Let her go, sister. Take me in her place.”
Now her head moved just a little left; her eyes sliding to the corners. Red, but lessened, he thought.
“Why not the both of you? Two meals plus a dessert!”
Chris did not understand, but drew some comfort from the sound of another dozen soldiers coming out of the hangar. This group headed towards them.
Fade to black. WTF! Seriously, wtf! That didn’t explain anything! In a VN, I’d give you that for making poor choices throughout! Well, I’d have killed you earlier if you’d tried to get an ending like that.
So, it’s 4k words later. No parking garage, only Anton’s driver dead. Tomorrow; I swear I’m ending this tomorrow. Excerpt below. And, the check’s in the mail, I love you, I won’t come in your…
*Anton lives**. There’s an Epilogue.
**I think. Not finished. Continue reading “Tertium”