Thursday, October 15, 2015

#Excerpt - Inevitable Ascension by V.K. McAllister

Title: Inevitable Ascension
Authors: V.K. McAllister
Genre: Fantasy/Thriller
Length: 242 pages
Release Date: September 2015


Violina had been burned and betrayed by mankind ever since she had sprung into existence. They declared her a heretic and condemned her to die in a pit. Though stranded, starved and bloodied, she would not submit. This truth screamed out from the depths of her soul. Violina, the girl who had been mocked and hunted for rejecting the warped ideals of artificial authority, would lay down her own law.

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Staring down the bolt of her crossbow, the man closed his mouth and made the wiser choice of raising his hands slowly towards the ceiling. Several other frightened lab workers followed suit and raised theirs as well. 

Out of the corner of her eye, Violina noticed one man who didn’t look so fearful. Suddenly, but not unexpectedly, he charged at the girls. Violina pressed a small switch on her whip, electrifying it. Crackling sparks filled the air as she struck him to the floor, and the crowd went dead silent. 

“Relax, guys,” said Lux in a calm and even cheery voice as if this sort of thing happened all the time. “We’re just here for the dreichoden hatchlings. The enforcers are coming to confiscate them anyway, so it’s not even like we’re stealing anything from you.” 

“Exactly.” Violina nudged the unconscious man a couple times with her boot. “So let’s keep any wannabe heroics to a minimum, shall we?” 

After a brief moment, an older man motioned for them to follow. “This way then,” he grumbled. 

As they walked down an isle stacked with cages of various animals, a static-filled voice sounded through the lab. “Attention: Everyone remain calm. Intruders have entered the lower floors. Enforcers are enroute. Please stay where you are.” 

Lux shook her head. “Wow, they never cease to amaze me. Do they really think we’re going to just stay where we are for the enforcers?” 

Sometimes it was difficult for Violina to tell whether Lux was being serious. “Well, I don’t think that announcement was directed at me and you, Lux.” She turned to the man. “Can we hurry it along a bit please? We apparently have deadlines.” 

“And here we are.” The man reluctantly motioned towards a nearby cage. 

The sight took Violina by surprise because she had always believed dreichoden to be reptilian creatures, but these were fluffy white hair-balls attached to teeth, razor-sharp claws and a stub of a tail. 

Lux’s eyes looked as though they would burst with joy. “Oh my goodness! Who knew they’d be so adorable?!” She stretched a surgical mask over her face and sprayed a smoky blue gas, knocking them out one by one. 

Wasting no time, Violina loaded the three hatchlings into a burlap sack. “Shall we be off?” 

“I presume you have our exit ready to go?” asked Lux. 

“Not yet.” Violina retracted a panel on her bracer and at the flip of her switch, thunderous crashes erupted from the corridor.

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