Sky Queen preview: Alex’s story.

Alex roared and burst the watcher apart in a splattering burst of golden blood. Tore another’s head clean off and leapt for cover in the city ruins as laser shots tore the crashed cars around him into flaming pieces. Beyond the rubble of toppled skyscrapers the watcher army spread out into the streets in search of the anomaly. Elegant alien troops planted living barriers in the asphalt that swelled and branched into tall ribbed barricades. Gunners rushed up the new ramparts to lock scaly cannons in place, eyed helmets scouring the distant dead traffic for any sign of him. Hulking black monsters came galloping up the road ahead like oil-spill primates, ripping the rubble apart and sniffing hungrily for any trace of him.

Pushing back his bloody white hair, Alex grinned his sharp coal-black smile. Gulped hot gold blood from a severed alien arm and felt its slick sudden surge set his veins on fire. He sat and waited in the shadows, tail whipping feline-sadistic. Watching the cautious invaders stalk in there through the ancient overgrown traffic of New York. A fresh smile played across his lips as they wandered into his territory. Leaping from a dead tower block he threw screaming arcs of light down into the cars below. Crackling hellfire. The watchers were shouting; yelling their strange sonorous words as the cars burst and exploded around them. A few managed to run; many more were writhing and screaming and flailing for their limbs in the carnage. The cannons on the distant barricade erupted into screeching life, carving the ruins into tumbling landslides as their shots chased the human through the sky. Alex floated there above it all, grinning. Wild stark eyes drinking in the dancing flames of New York. His New York.
‘How many times do you want to do this?’ he called up at the creeping mothership, crawling its vast shadow over the toppled city streets. The winter wind blew the ashes of humanity into high winding spirals over Manhattan. Flames danced a glowing zig-zag trail of destruction through entire city blocks; dozens of failed attempts to bring him down.

‘Guess I’ll need an example,’ he sighed, descending a couple of streets away. ‘Come on big guy,’ he told the heaving black monster, stepping out into the street as its white staring eyes fixed on him. With a furnace growl it came thumping and crashing up the road towards him; fiery red throat glowing fierce behind bear-trap teeth. Alex leapt and burst into a lightning storm, pouncing down on the stunned creature and sinking his claws deep into its neck to rip it apart in a rage. For a few glorious moments he didn’t know where he was, or what was going on. All he knew was the spilling, slopping, steaming silver gush of violence that made his heart race. Grinning, he buried a clawed hand in the thing’s screaming head and pulled its brain apart. Tore its thick spine from its back in a succession of snapping squelches and walked back out onto the main road with it dragging and dripping in his hand. With a lightning arc he electrocuted the running watchers in a blinding white thunderclap before they could fire on him. In a burst of light he shot into the sky to meet the mothership and swung the severed spine, smashing a dent in the armoured plates.

‘How many times do I need to ask?’ he roared at the ship, tearing holes in its rubbery alien skin. ‘I’d like to negotiate, please!’ A hole melted open in the fuselage above him. A team of watchers peered down and opened fire in a hail of screeching shots.
‘Finally!’ Alex said happily, pouncing up into the opening and butchering the screaming watchers where they stood. The only one left standing just stared as the smiling anomaly dripped with the blood of his troops; didn’t even try to raise his rifle.
‘Smart,’ Alex growled with a black-fanged grin, licking golden blood off his claws. ‘Now take me to your fucking leader.’

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2 Replies to “Sky Queen preview: Alex’s story.”

    1. Hi LibraryRocker, I’m glad you liked it! I’m working away on Sky Queen right now, and aim to have it published by late summer/early autumn. Expect more colour, more alien races and a Tabitha who’s more wild, scarred and adaptive…

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