Saturday, March 09, 2013

Snippet Saturday: City as Setting

Snippet Saturday is the brainchild of author Lauren Dane, wherein a group of authors selects thematic excerpts from their work and shares them on Saturday mornings. This Saturday's snippet is city as setting. And there's hardly any city setting as fabulous as Las Vegas!

From Survival of the Fairest:

In this scene, the hero, Jake, has just helped the heroine, Talista, escape from the clutches of the bad guys and they're attempting their getaway in Vegas traffic. Tali (a fairy) has never been to humanspace before but she's studied it.

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“How much further is it, Jake?” Maybe she’d ask him to stay in her hotel room tonight.

Jake glanced at her. His hair gleamed in the low lights of the car’s interior. Their car idled behind others in front of the waterworks. His dark clothes blended with the seat that cupped him, and the half-smile at the corner of his mouth fascinated her. No men she knew had that twinkle in their eyes or those perfect laugh lines. Drakhmore clan members were dark like him, a little scary, but Jake Story didn’t scare her. Exactly.

“A couple miles, but this traffic’s pretty bad. So what are your plans? What else do you want to do while you’re here?” he asked.

She hid a smirk and wriggled deeper into her cushioned seat. “I want to attend a water park, look through a humble teley-scope, surf on the Internet, visit the White House, shop at a supermall and see baseball.” She wanted to do the things normal humans were lucky enough to do every single day. She wanted to know how human technology had replaced magic and what it would be like to live here permanently. She wanted to know more about Jake Story and why he made her tingle.

“There’s a water park at the end of the strip called Wet ‘N Wild. I take my cousins’ kids when they visit. Malls are everywhere. The White House is across the country.”

“I was testing you.” Tali could never remember how far things were in humanspace. The land the fairies inhabited in the Realm didn’t correspond to the continent here. “What about a humble teley-scope to see the stars? I read about it in HumanWa...”—oops!—“a science magazine.” Tali waited to see if Jake would catch her slip.

He didn’t. “There’s a planetarium at a community college nearby. Their telescope is nice, though. I wouldn’t call it humble.”

“Baseball and surfing?”

“No baseball, but we have an arena football team called the Gladiators. As for the Internet, you can check it out with any computer. That’s not very exciting when you have a whole city to explore.”

What else did she want, besides to kiss Jake again and run her fingers through that silky hair? “Oh, I want to see Chip and Dale.”

“The cartoon?” The traffic around them moved. Jake edged the car forward, and the bag around the mirror swayed. The music from the dancing waters faded into a babble of pedestrians and car horns. Humans young and old milled on the sidewalks.

What was a cartoon? She’d overheard the ballet praised by two female researchers. “They’re dancers. The Chip and Dale ballet.”

Jake pinched his lips together. “I see. Those Chip and Dales.” Traffic slowed again, and they halted next to a smaller casino called Holiday Inn Boardwalk. Orange lights blinked along the building’s edges, and a network of white scaffolding rose behind it.

“I gather their ballet is breathtaking.” Tali pushed a button in the middle of the car dashboard. She heard a rushing, staticky sound and punched another. “None of those skinny women in fluffy dresses.”

Jake’s face twitched, as if he were trying to keep himself from responding. Did he hate ballet? “There aren’t any skinny women with Chip and Dale.”

When Tali tried a third button, a loud, raucous pounding flooded the car, accompanied by an angry voice yelling about something. She quickly punched the button again so the music ceased. That must be the radio.

“Don’t you like rap music?” Jake clicked one of the buttons that controlled the windows and his own rolled down.

“I like...what do you call it...the Beatle music. Do you still have it?” Fairies often assumed things wouldn’t change in humanspace because the Realm rarely changed, but she no longer trusted that. This world of glitz and sound was very different from what she’d expected, yet also very stimulating. Fairies could mingle here no matter what they looked like or what they said.

“We do.” Jake set an elbow on the doorframe and propped his wrist on the steering wheel. They rolled forward only to halt as humans flooded across the road at an intersection.

“We’re stopping again? We could get there faster on foot,” Tali complained. “If they catch up with us, we’d be trapped here.”

Places you can buy Survival of the Fairest:

All Romance Ebooks
Amazon (paperback)
Amazon (ebook)
Barnes and Noble (paperback)
Barnes and Noble (ebook)
Diesel Ebooks
Fictionwise
Google
Kobo
Powells (ebook)
Powells (paperback)
Samhain Publishing (paperback)
Samhain Publishing (ebook)




Jody Wallace
Author, Cat Person, Amigurumist
http://www.jodywallace.com  * http://www.meankitty.com   

MORE CITIES, MORE SETTINGS

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Caris Roane
Eliza Gayle
McKenna Jeffries
Selena Blake
Taige Crenshaw
Delilah Devlin
Felicity Heaton
HelenKay Dimon
Shiloh Walker
Lissa Matthews
Myla Jackson
Lauren Dane

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