SFR Brigade Presents…

Here’s another installment in my unnamed paranormal romance:

As the Praesul, Ippolito sat at the head of the table to lead the meeting and Calandra noted that even Ippolito seemed tense. Legates Bezzotti and Gessati sat at the other end of the table. They were not twins, but their matching hair-ringed pates, small grey eyes, and thin lips made them look as if they had the same parentage. Their personalities, though, were as opposite as day and night. Bezzotti was high-strung, wound tighter than a tourniquet. Anyone who dared to cross him would get written up; and they’d all been written up at some point or another. Gessati was the essence of cool, calm, and collected. Calandra had only seen him angry once, when Ippolito had left a Novitiate alone on a dark street while he dashed off toward the action. The Novitiate had survived, barely, but had quit the order. Which meant he had to be killed. And Gessati had made Ippolito do it.

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.
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8 responses to SFR Brigade Presents…


  1. Really sets a mood, especially that last line. Nice world-building and characterization within just a few sentences, Ceres!

  2. Wow, fascinating. I could really “see” the characters as you were describing them and of course you got my total attention with the part about them having to kill the poor Novitiate. Enjoyed the excerpt!

  3. Ooooh, someone is about to meet their demise! Great excerpt!

  4. The last couple of sentences really got me. Intriguing! =D

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