Monday, February 4, 2013

Overcoming Adversity with Captain Wrath

This bloghop is hosted by Nick Wilford who is compiling the entries to help raise funds to send his stepson to a specialist college. It's a great cause, and I've been excited to write my post since I first heard of it.

The tough part for me was choosing a story to share: my dad's active life despite a childhood disability and a prosthetic leg, or my friends' daughter who sang a solo at her school recital recently even though she is in a halo and a full body brace, or my sister-in-law's husband who leads Bible Studies although he has MS and is unable to move from the neck down. There are days when I feel surrounded by amazing heroes and heroines who overcome adversity daily.

I couldn't decide, and life got crazy, and when life gets crazy I seem to end up thinking about Captain Wrath, aka Doug Cranton. So I don't know if it fits or not and I wrote it at the last minute between grading papers, but here is a story from Captain Wrath:

Doug woke in an instant, remembering the fight. Restraints on his wrists and ankles kept him from leaping out of his chair, but it toppled forward.

He hit knees first, and then forehead.

Husky laughter greeted him, and a pair of stiletto heels sauntered past his side view. “Get him up,” said an oddly familiar voice.

A bulky figure hauled his chair upright and he faced the woman from the spaceport bar.

She leaned in close to him and whispered, “Now, Dougie, be a good boy and tell me why a cruise ship captain would be interested in my cargo.”

Doug looked at the single light bulb hanging above her head.

She drew back, and placed her long fingernails against his cheek. “Whoever’s paying you isn’t paying you enough to go against us, trust me.”

“No one’s paying me,” he said angrily.

“What? That’s ridiculous.” Her eyes narrowed. “Unless you think you can make a profit from trafficking on your own . . .which you can’t unless you have the right contacts.” She dug her sharp nails into the side of his face. “Who are your contacts?”

Doug gasped, surprised by the pain. How in the world did this woman get her nails that sharp? He had to get out of here, but he couldn’t see much of the room. He didn’t think she had more than one bodyguard with her, because he hadn’t heard anyone else.

“Who are your contacts?” she asked again, digging her nails in deeper.

Doug tried to ignore the pain.

“Pay attention, Doug. You don’t know who you’re dealing with here.” As she spoke, her voice changed in pitch, and he could see the pupils of her eyes narrow to oval slits. Her cheekbones enlarged and fangs sprouted along her upper teeth.

Doug shuddered. Out of all the races from the Faerland Galaxy, those that could change form were the only ones that truly frightened him. “I don’t need payment to free slaves,” he said.

She drew back with a roar, her face morphing oddly between the form of a woman and a cat.

Doug felt himself break into a shivering sweat, terrified.

Finally, she stopped, and said, “Tell me how you knew about the cargo, and you might not have to die.”

“If I die today, I die knowing that I saved people from the misery you intended.” Doug tried to shrug nonchalantly. “Go ahead.”

Suddenly, a huge crashing noise from behind Doug interrupted the interrogation. Weapons fire filled the air, and Doug threw himself to the side, knocking his chair over on purpose.

The woman changed the rest of the way into a tigress, but bullets cut her down in mid-leap.

Strong fingers freed Doug’s hands, and Doug twisted to see Telli behind him.

“Good to see you alive and whole, Captain Wrath.”

“Good to be alive,” Doug said.

“Let’s not tell the crew that I had to save your hide this time, Captain, or your reputation will be ruined.”





Christine Rains said...

Awesome story! First sci-fi piece all day. Love the tension and action.

Trisha F said...

Love the story! And I can definitely imagine this being a snippet from a larger story! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Captain Wraith is awesome! Like the shapeshifter. Going to be cool to read the whole story one day.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Christine - Thanks!!! I like writing action scenes. Good to know the tension worked - my family felt I was being a bit melodramatic.

Trisha - Thank you! It is a snippet, but I just didn't have enough time to write something with completely new characters this last week. It was hard to get a short enough piece that I hoped it the theme.

Alex - Thank you! Someday I'll get the whole story done.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Terrific imagery, and suspense...

What special people in your life, Tyean... No wonder you couldn't pick. Thank you for sharing their brief and AMAZING stories.

Mark Means said...

Very cool story and love the name..."Captain Wrath!" :)

Nick Wilford said...

Excellent piece, Tyrean, thank you for contributing. Great tension relieved by a flash of humour at the end. Captain Wrath sounds like one of the good guys, for sure!

Al Diaz said...

You caught my usually flickering attention since the start. That is to say A LOT. I want to read more about this Captain Wrath! :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Bad kitty - you're dead!

mshatch said...

I like Captain Wrath, too :)

David P. King said...

Okay. I'm really digging this Wrath fellow. Awesome story! :)

Barbara Watson said...

I love how you understand and remind us that heroes surround us every day.

L.G. Smith said...

That was fun. Great action story. For some reason I pictured Harrison Ford as Captain Wrath. :D

Carrie Butler said...

Oo, shifting. :D I like it!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Michael - thanks for understanding. I felt like I was at a crossroads between greatness and wasn't sure who to highlight. I'm thinking about doing a series of posts about the heroes around me.

Mark - Thanks!

Nick - I'm glad you liked it!

Al - Thanks! He's a character that keeps jumping around in the background of my imagination.

L. Diane - :-)

mshatch - Thanks!

David - Thank you!

Barbara - Thanks! It's hard to choose just one to highlight, and it's given me an idea about some ongoing posts.

L.G. - Thanks! I kind of picture him that way too.

Carrie - Thanks!

Angie said...

Love the story! I am always amazed by the people around me overcoming adversity too. It helps me to do the same.

Leigh Covington said...

Great story!

And it sounds like you are surrounded by amazing people who've overcame adversity. Just the quick mention in the beginning was enough to get me teary-eyed. I love it all!

Lexie C. said...

I'm really liking Captain Wrath- great story! :)

And thanks for reminding me that there are heroes all around us!

Ella said...

Great story! Captain Wrath rules ;D
Yes, thanks for reminding us!
A great post!

Michael Pierce said...

We can all use some help sometimes, even the mighty Captain Wrath! Great story. :)

Damyanti said...

Sci-fi I can get behind. Well done!

Empty Nest Insider said...

Very creative Captain Wrath story! I would also like to hear more about the real heroes in your life. Each of them has a triumphant story to tell. Your friend's daughter especially got to me.

Elise Fallson said...

You did a great job with this flash and loved the little bit of humor at the end. And thank you for sharing the stories from the real heros in your life . . . inspiring and humbling.

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Samantha May said...

Go Captain Wrath! Ha I was cheering for him the whole time :D

The Golden Eagle said...

I love the action in your story!