Pistol in the bathroom (#SFFSAT)

So, Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday: a mouthful, a blog hop, a hive mind of the most geek-tastic brains out there. Some guidelines, a little welcome:

Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday. On the surface, it’s a web ring of authors who post snippets of their work for comment. In reality, it’s a close-knit group of friends and colleagues working together to support and encourage one another and promote the science fiction and fantasy genres.

– JC Cassels, 2012


  1. Absolutely no erotica or explicit content. This ring is for all ages to read. This is the founding reason for this ring, and any diversions will be removed from the final list on Saturday.
  2. Length of snippets:
    • Prose: 4 – 10 sentences.
    • Poetry: 4 – 10 lines.
  3. Any and all comments on the authors’ work are welcome, but please take care to keep them constructive.

I’ve been sharing snippets from a wip called Human: a tale about a detective who meets an android named Adelyn X. And can’t get her out of his head, which leads to trouble, of course.

I have also started sharing Young Gods, a YA wip about its namesake.


(Don’t mind the post title. That was before  I noticed we had a prompt.)

Today I’m sharing more of Human. Last time we met, Dr. Hart (who Jack and Adelyn believe has some answers for them about who Adelyn is…and what she is) shared a lot of information with Jack and Adelyn about where she came from, and why–at least a lot more than they had before. But this week we’re going to change things up a bit and feature these two characters–Jack and Adenlyn in a newly written, just for today snippet featuring the prompt “sun” to fit in with SFFSAT’s new mix it up theme.


“You don’t even know what you have,” Adelyn said quietly, picking at her nails. He’d have thought an android’s nails would be perfect.

“What do you mean?” he asked.

“You breathe a concoction that perfectly fits your lungs every second, but never think of what a task it actually is, what functions your body flitters through to make it all so effortless. You feel your skin warm from the sun and don’t realize that to feel such a lovely sensation, your brain has done computations you can’t comprehend.”

“So, I’m ungrateful?” he laughed.

“That and terribly naive. Perhaps even ignorant. But people often don’t appreciate such things in life. They just don’t know what it means to be a human, to have an entire system that happens naturally and does what it does.”


Alrighty, now that Adelyn has had a chance to  chew Jack out, why don’t you go check even more sunny snippets?



6 thoughts on “Pistol in the bathroom (#SFFSAT)

  1. Nice. It’s true, we never do think about these things. Very thought provoking. And I just love that little ‘human’ thing Adelyn did by inspecting her nails.

  2. It’s easier to see from a distance . . .

    This reminds me of a mind trick you can play on others: Just tell them, “right now, you’re breathing manually.”

    They’ll think about that, and it’ll be true!

    Works on yourself, too.

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