This was the original opening chapter for BREACH OF CONTAINMENT, part of about 40,000 words that got tossed in revisions. The scene is utterly unnecessary to the novel, but the incident it describes is referenced in Chapter 9, and I’ve always rather liked it.
You’ll note the date–this part of BREACH was written early. Some of the dynamic between Elena and Bear is still in the novel, so some of this will be redundant for those of you who’ve read it. And like the published first chapter of BREACH, it has mild spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read the earlier books.
Friends Like These (2014)
I wrote this in one night, when I was sick to death of working on my novel. A friend of mine suggested writing something that had nothing whatsoever to do with the universe of my books. It came out almost exactly like this (yes, including the egregious overuse of semicolons).
It’s not SF or fantasy. It could perhaps be spec fic, sort of. It’s probably best classified as some sort of mystery, but it’s not a whodunit.
And yes, now that you mention it, there is a big rock behind my house.