#8Sunday: From Stranded with the Cyborg…short-circuit imminent? #SFR

Until I get a cover, I'll use this guy to stand in for my cyborg.

Until I get a cover, I’ll use this guy to stand in for my cyborg.

In last Sunday’s Weekend Writing Warriors excerpt, Brock got suspicious when his boss offered him a drink. This excerpt continues shortly thereafter. We’re in Brock’s POV.

“Whenever you break out the Cerinian brandy, you’re either trying to butter me up or soften the blow.” He eyed the man who’d been his friend since they served together in the Terran Central Protection Office fifteen years ago. Carter’s blank expression betrayed nothing, but the brandy sang like a yellow songbird.

The director knocked back his shot, then thumped his chest with his fist. Cerinian brandy went down smooth until the afterburn set your throat on fire. Or it did to one who was unaltered. Brock downed his and felt only slight warmth.

“I have an assignment for you,” Carter growled, his voice hoarse from the liqueur. “The Association of Planets Summit is on Malodonus next week. There’s been a threat against…the Terran ambassador,” he hesitated like he expected Brock to short-circuit a computer chip.

Unofficial blurb for Stranded with the Cyborg

The daughter of the Terran president, Penelope Aaron resented the rules and restrictions imposed upon her, but that was no reason to take it out on the man assigned to protect her. She regrets how she wronged Central Protection Office Agent Mann and got him booted from the security force. But now that she’s an interplanetary ambassador about to embark on her first diplomatic mission, she still doesn’t want him tagging along. Especially since he seems to be stronger, faster, more muscled, and sexier than she remembers. And pretending to be husband?  This mission couldn’t get more impossible!

Penelope Isabella Aaron had been a pain in Brock Mann’s you-know-what going back a decade when he’d been assigned to protect her in the Terran executive residence. Much has changed in ten years: “PIA” as he code-named her, has grown up and is about to attend her first Alliance of Planets summit conference, and Brock, well, he was transformed into a cyborg after a near-fatal attack. Now a secret agent with Cyber-Operations, a covert paramilitary organization, Brock gets called in, not when the going gets tough, but when the going gets impossible. So when he’s unexpectedly assigned to escort Penelope to the summit meeting, he balks at babysitting a prissy ambassador. But after a terrorist bombing, a crash landing on a hostile planet, and a growing attraction to his protectee, Operation: PIA may become his most impossible assignment yet.

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14 Responses to #8Sunday: From Stranded with the Cyborg…short-circuit imminent? #SFR

  1. Kim Magennis says:

    Love your phrasing! Especially: “the brandy sang like a yellow songbird”. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I liked the hints of his cyborg nature.

  3. I’m with Kim. You write so well, Cara. I may have to uh, borrow that phrase.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      One of the things I like to do in sci-fi is to strip down slang and metaphor to their basic meaning to show what’s really being said. I did that a lot in my Breeder sci-fi romance trilogy.

  4. I’m with the ladies above, the brandy sang like a yellow songbird. Love it. So visual! Can’t wait to see if he short circuits or not . . . now or later 🙂

  5. Tina Christopher says:

    Fabulous snippet! Love the tension that cranks a little tighter with every word. I hope you’ll share his response;).

  6. Naomi says:

    Beautifully descriptive. I’d love to read more of this story

  7. Enjoyed the excerpt, the yellow bird turn of phrase and the cyborg ‘stand-in’….all excellent! Can’t wait to read this one…

  8. Nancy Gideon says:

    I like where this is going! Creates questions even in such a tight scene.

  9. The brandy sang…love this depiction. I have the feeling the news he’s about to get won’t get swallowed nearly as smooth, however. Nice buildup!

  10. So is Brock an android? Of course, if I’d read more than just this snippet I’d know…

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