Harsh Reality is the name of a spaceship in my current WIP, working title Rash and Scarson. I am writing a book with my children, with them helping with character creation and alpha proofing.
Lulu and Old Tom are dogs. Rash and Scarson are twin humans.
I will post excerpts from various writings daily.
While Captain stayed atop with his crew, Rash and Scarson and Lulu followed Old Tom down into the bowels of the ship. He hobbled in front of them, leaning on his walnut cane, favoring his left hind leg, which bent outward, and was knotted below the knee. "Her name's Harsh Reality," Old Tom said, meaning the ship. "We named her that because she was a good awakening for us when we left Earth. Nothing like the harsh reality of a mass extinction, now is there!"
"Extinction?" said Rash.
"He means the dinosaurs, genius," Scarson said. "Remember the meteor?"
Old Tom turned and stabbed his cane at Scarson's shins, striking one of them with such force that he almost fell. "Don't you be a-geniusing me, laddie!" Old Tom said. "Genius, you lickspittle mooncalf, is listening when someone be a-speaking to you! Now let me tell you about extinction."
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Eric W. Trant is a published author of several short stories and the novel Out of the Great Black Nothing. He is currently represented by Debrin Case at Open Heart Publishing. See more of Eric's work here: Publications