Sunday, the snow started and was predicted to turn to ice later in the day. That’s not a forecast we want to hear in these parts because the power can go out at the mere mention of that three-letter word. So just in case I can’t complete and upload the post I was writing on Sunday, I’ve preloaded this additional tidbit from Death Out of Time.
So far, all the snippets have focused on “our” time. But here’s a clip from a new scene from Landry’s point of view. Again, this is the first draft.
A bell sounded from the Control Room.
“Incoming signal,” Gwinnett called out. “It’s Hopkins’s device.”
“Initiating rift sequence,” Valerie said, her hands running over the controls. “On the launch pad, Landry.”
Landry jumped into position. “Ready.”
“Power levels holding in the safe range,” Gwinnett said. “No significant fluctuations.”
“Estimated time to rift formation—fifteen seconds,” Valerie said.
“Incoming signal is steady. They’re not sending prime numbers again.”
“Ten seconds to rift.”
The air around Landry began to distort, as if a light fog was developing around him.
“All systems green,” Gwinnett said.
“Five seconds. Landry, do you need an abort?”
Valerie’s words and form were blurring in the rift. “No,” he said, his own voice wavering to his ears.
“We’ll bring you home in two hours. Safe rifting.”
And then he was in the cold and dark between times.
I hope this piques your curiosity about the story!
How’s the weather behaving in your area?