Science Fiction Romance Brigade – 10/18/13

Bo and Cheng are friends in the Guangzhou district of China. Bo is half American and a freelance IT consultant. Their neighborhood is subject to visa raids on occasion:

Footsteps sounded and the front door burst open, spilling in a handful of Guangzhou police who immediately leveled their guns at Bo. He froze, hands up. The head constable strode in and surveyed the party’s remains, then approached him. She held out her hand.

“Visa,” she said in English.

Bo’d seen the trio countless times before on raids, yet they always acted as if he had just washed up on shore in a rowboat from Madagascar. Bo held up his index finger. “One moment. Just woke up and it’s not something I keep on me while I’m sleeping.” He headed for the bedroom, followed by two of the police. Cheng was stretched out on the bed, dead to the world.

“Who’s that?” one of the constables said.

“Cheng. Doesn’t live here. Native, though,” Bo said.

The constable grunted. She knew who it was, Bo thought. He drew the visa from his nightstand and handed it over. The constable inspected it and gave it back, apparently satisfied. The two policemen withdrew. Bo tossed the visa back into the nightstand and followed them out.

Bo called after them. “Call ahead next time and I’ll have some sago tarts.”

The head constable threw him a stare that chilled his skin. Then left. Bo breathed relief, suddenly envying Cheng, who’d slept through the entire ordeal.

About dohlman

Wright received her master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and Cog was her thesis novel for the program. An accomplished poet, Wright’s science fiction poem “Doomed” was a nominee for the Rhysling Award, the Science Fiction Poetry Association's highest honor. Her other publications include “Of Sound Mind and Body” in the Bram Stoker award-nominated Sycorax’s Daughters; “Dear Octavia Butler” in the Locus Award-winning and Hugo-nominated Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler; “The Haunting of M117” in Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction; “Cyberpunk Remastered” in the award-winning Many Genres, One Craft; “The Last Stop” in Diner Stories: Off the Menu; “Bequeathal” in Far Worlds; and “Mission: Surreality” in The City. Find her on Twitter @KCeresWright.
Science fiction romance, SFR Brigade

12 responses to Science Fiction Romance Brigade – 10/18/13


  1. Oh! Scary and tense. Very nicely done. 🙂

  2. Interesting, especially the attitude of everyone involved. Makes me wonder if he’s taking this seemingly routine raid a bit too casually. Intriguing excerpt, enjoyed the “tone”.

  3. Good tension and style, as always, Ceres! I already have a good idea of the setting and culture within this world just from those few lines of prose and dialog. Nice characterization with Bo handling the situation while Cheng sleeps.

  4. Interesting interaction between Bo and the police. Makes me wonder what’s really going on. =)

  5. Nina Croft

    Great sense of setting and character in this. Loved the tone.

  6. Great snippet! Has an adventuresome feel about it.

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