One Down

With one holiday wrapped up (yes, I said that), I’m kicking this into high gear.  I’d like to see ‘The Vista’ available by March at the latest.  Since this is my first venture into online publishing, we shall see.  Wish me luck of the good kind.

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Excerpt 3 from ‘The Vista’

So you know, I’m not going to post the entire book here, just enough to hook you!  So there!  Comments appreciated.

Excerpt 3 from “The Vista’

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“She’s stronger than you give her credit for,” Wade told him.

“She is, but this is Mac. You know how she feels about him. How they feel about each other. If something is going to cause problems with the team, my money would be on that.”

“I know,” Wade said. “Do you really think I haven’t considered this?”

“No. Wade, the only weaknesses the three of you have out there, in the field, are each other. And Shannon . . . “ He didn’t have to finish. Taylor shrugged. “Some day, she’s going to find out the truth about a whole lot of things. Who do you think she’s going to be the most pissed at? It won’t be Mac.”

“Don’t you think, once we get to Cody would be a good time to delve into some of those things?”

Taylor nodded. “As good as any, better than most.” He didn’t think Wade had an actual plan for it other than letting things fall apart and picking up the pieces as he could. “And you’re still going to make him second in command of Cody.”

“Yes, I am. Who do you want me to give the position to – Shannon? You? Ballentyne?”

“Oh, hell, I don’t want the job.”

“If Mac goes to Cody, he’ll be second in command, end-of-story. If he doesn’t go, Shan won’t go and then everything we’ve been working for the past five plus years was a waste of time. We want Cody for a reason. You know the reason, I’ve shown you the problem printed out for us in all that pre-war media. It doesn’t matter to me one bit if you like Mac or not, he’s Team Three, just like I am, just like she is.” It wasn’t the first time Wade had words with him over Cody or Mac.

“He’s not just like you,” Taylor pointed out. “You all know it, too.”

“That doesn’t matter. Splitting hairs, Kyle. Don’t. I’m not breaking the team up because of your personal feelings about someone. Team Three is Team Three.”

“Your call, your responsibility.”

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Excerpt 2 from ‘The Vista’

Excerpt 2 from ‘The Vista’

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It’s daylight,” Mac decided, sitting up and rubbing his eyes.

“How are you feeling?” Shan asked, palm against his forehead. “Your fever finally broke.”

“Alright, I guess. What time is it?”

“A little before ten.”

“You going to join me?” he asked, patting the heavy quilt he was mostly buried under.

“Not now. We’re on lockdown.” She sat next to him.

“Why?”

“Nomads following the interstate. Team Two is out taking care of it.”

“You should’ve woke me.”

“So you could tell Mick to take Team Two out and have a look? If they’d rode through town, I would have. Mick pretty much dared me to pull rank on him.”

“Three of my four senior officers are out screwing around in the snow.” He shook his head.

“Yeah,” Shan confirmed. “I’m in charge until you get up and get moving.”

“Am I in any condition to be running things?” He looked around for his clothes.

“Where’s your sidearm?” Shan asked. “It’s been ten hours or better since you had any drugs.”

Leaning over, he found the holstered Remington 1911 .45 and showed it to her.

“You’re fine,” Shan decided. “Is that big enough?”

“You tell me,” he offered, winking. “Besides, someone stole my Kimber, I needed a decent replacement.”

“You can have it back any time you want. Just ask.”

Mac shrugged. “Not an issue except that it’s a damned big gun for a little girl.”

She shook her head. “Not an issue. I’m not a little girl anymore. Come on downstairs. We can get a game of cards going.” Impulsively, she kissed him, jumping up and heading out. “ I got a room full of rookies, don’t keep me waiting.”

He didn’t.

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Excerpt from ‘The Vista’

Excerpt from ‘The Vista’

 

“The archive has an active file on you. One of the first babies born in The Vista,” Hunter said.

“One of the first that lived,” she amended.

“That pretty much makes you a princess.”

Dallas let it go. If they were going to have a fight, it wasn’t a good time or place, but he’d brought it on himself.

“That makes me immune to the flu. Dallas, have we been here before?” Shan didn’t take the bait.

“Define ‘we ‘ and ‘here’. A team made a cursory inspection eleven years ago. Mostly it was a radiation check.”

“I know I haven’t been here, but this is so familiar,” Shan mused.

“You’ve read about it or seen it in a movie,” Hunter told her.

“Is now really the time you want to piss me off, Lt? I think I know the difference,” she scowled. It was one of those things none of them could explain. Shan had seen the sky burning from the detonation on Missouri Breaks. Wade had seen it from his home. Mac, tucked away in another shelter with his family, witnessed it, because they had. It wasn’t the only thing, it was simply the most evident.

“Shut up both of you,” Dallas said, signaling them to stop.