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Chapter 11 - LOLMac
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Chapter 11
No, I'm not declaring bankruptcy, not even creative bankruptcy.  But I did just finish and post chapter 11 of Reverb.  Here's the trailer teaser.  (The end of chapter 10, it has been noted, would have been the trailer, because it's all explosions!  And explosions make great trailers!)


Chapter Eleven: Demonstrative

MacGyver’s ears were still ringing with the shock of the crashing blasts, and bright sparks danced in front of his eyes. The world was upside down. That didn’t seem too odd – after the explosions, if anything, it seemed only right – but the world wouldn’t turn rightways up again.

Instead, it swayed. Something was swinging back and forth in front of his face, either above him or below him, depending on which way up was supposed to be. When he tried to lift a hand and move it out of the way, he realised the swinging thing was his hand.

And the moving things, not that far beyond it, were feet. Hurrying feet. He was slung over someone’s shoulder, and the world was actually right ways up, but he wasn’t. The world was apparently still in one piece, and he was too. Sort of. He hoped.

There had been an eye-searing vision of clouds of fire, blooming and billowing up from the explosions, but the blazes had ebbed away and left the night even darker than before. This early in the dry season, the jungle would not succumb to fire – the rains had paused, but the tangled trees and looping vines and choking undergrowth were soaked down every morning by the heavy fogs from the river.

There had been a foul smell of chemical smoke in the air, but the night air bore no trace of that now, only thick scents of leaf and earth, of growth and rot. The heavy wet smell of the river was thickest of all, with a faint trace of old paint and machine oil that grew suddenly stronger as the floorboards of an open boat jumped up and thwacked him – mercifully, on his right side, although the impact jarred him all over. Mac bit back a strangled cry of pain. Wherever he was, making a lot of noise was probably a lousy idea.

“Damn good thing you’ve gotten so skinny, amigo. You’re no treat to carry.” Xavier’s voice above him, a murmur in the dark. Around him, close to his ear beyond the thin skin of the boat, the deep rushing voice of the river.

Mac’s head was still throbbing with the thunderclaps of the explosions, and his agitated heartbeat hammered in his ears. An engine coughed to life and added its rattling thumps to the confusion. The noise of the river grew louder as the boat began to move and picked up speed. The steady splashes smoothed away the other sounds and washed over Mac, carrying away the heat and the chill and the throbbing pain. His heart steadied, backed off from the hammering that had been shaking him into dizziness. The thumping of the boat engine faded away into peaceful silence and a welcome darkness.

And the whole chapter is here on ff.net.  So are the other chapters, for that matter.

April 2010


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lothithil From: lothithil Date: 5th April 2010 02:15 (UTC) (Link)
'Splosions make great trailers... and whumpage makes good teasers!!

*iz teased!* :D
lolmac From: lolmac Date: 5th April 2010 03:30 (UTC) (Link)
How good of you to take the teasing so well!!
idlewild_ From: idlewild_ Date: 5th April 2010 05:59 (UTC) (Link)

That is all.
lolmac From: lolmac Date: 5th April 2010 06:16 (UTC) (Link)
*weg* *weg* *weg*

And that's not all.
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