I'm currently editing Shakazhan the second book in my sci-fi series. It's a big job, bigger than Lone Wolf in some ways, but at least this time around I have some help and I know more what I'm doing. My daughter read the entire book and made a lot of really helpful notes. With those in mind, I'm attacking the manuscript with renewed vigor and an added perspective. It's still a long haul, but it doesn't feel quite so daunting as editing Lone Wolf did.
Anyway, during my latest session, I came across one of my favorite scenes. Those of you who have read Lone Wolf know who Emmelia Spenser and Ben Drexel are. For those of you who haven't, a brief recap. Chairman Emmelia Spenser is head of the Galactic Mining Guild. Because of the actions of John Riley, the Commandant of the Mining Guild, her life is in danger. Benjamin Drexel is sent to protect her. In the brief time they're together, they fall in love.
Ben leaves when duty calls, as it always will for a captain of the Galactic Marines, and Emmelia is left with her memories. However, three years later, he's able to contact her. Below is the scene where her best friend, a sentient praying mantis named Sslyvenia, finds her as Emmelia listens to Ben's message.
"Why, whatever is wrong, Emme? I've never seen you like this!"