Saturday, 29 April 2017

A-Z Challenge 2017 - Y is for Your Lordship

Welcome to Day 25 of the A-Z Challenge 2017. This month I'm sharing my "Black & White Snippets" - snapshots of some of the characters, places and concepts that populate my forthcoming YA dystopian trilogy, Black & White. There won't be a lot of details or spoilers - just short scenes and vignettes that give you a hint of the world I've created. Today, it's Y for Your Lordship.


“Just... gone?” said Lord Histender, the protruding veins on his forehead seeming to provide a physical map of his anger. “How is that possible? What about their tracking chips?”

“There’s no trace of them, Your Lordship,” said Dontible, legs apart and hands behind his back, focusing on his usual spot on the wall behind Histender’s head, his expression unreadable. “Gone completely offline.”

“That has never happened, Dontible.” Histender’s voice was so quiet as to be almost inaudible. “You must be aware that, realistically, there is only one thing this can mean. And it is disaster for this government.” He rested his fists on the desk, clenching them so tightly that the knuckles were the same colour as nearly everything else in the room – and in the country.


Dontible nodded. “Yes, Your Lordship.” There was no need for either of them to say it.

14 comments:

moon said...

wow! "reign of terror" is what came to mind most spontaneously on reading your snippet.
Brilliant creation.
Best wishes,
Moon
https://aslifehappens60.wordpress.com

Geethica Mehra said...

This is a very good take using the alphabet Y. I like your style of writing.

Jean Davis said...

Love this line: "the knuckles were the same colour as nearly everything else in the room – and in the country."
Discarded Darlings - Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

Darla M Sands said...

Nice imagery. Very well done.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

Tracking chips are always a fun element when the world is ruled by crazy, I mean order-loving, individuals :-) Happy A-to-Z-ing.

Josie Two Shoes said...

It sounds like life as they know it is about to come tumbling down, and good thing too! Absolute control over other lives is a power seldom handled without corruption. Things definitely need a shakeup there, and I love this foreshadowing!

Y is for Yvonne

DeeDee said...

Now I wonder what is going to happen next, how is it going to end.
Lovely read

A Peice Of My Life

Keith's Ramblings said...

Extremely graphic! Things can only get....?

Another day in Amble Bay!

Michelle Wallace said...

Love the protruding veins imagery! Very effective!
Writer In Transit

Carrie-Anne said...

It sounds like they've got some classified information and state secrets!

Sara C. Snider said...

Uh oh. His Lordship is most displeased...

A to Z 2017: Magical and Medicinal Herbs

Liz A. said...

No need to say it? Yeah, that's the way to keep a reader turning pages.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nick - diplomatic Dontible ... cheers Hilary

http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/z-is-for-zebra-zoo-and-zedland.html

Cathy Kennedy said...

Nick,

Great cliff hanger but one can see this government is in trouble. Sounds like a rebel uprising if you ask me.

~Curious as a Cathy
Art Sketching Through the Alphabet “Y” (Yawn)