Friday, March 1, 2013

Josiah Teague: Territorial Agent V


Teague rode down into the valley, holding his horse to a very slow walk. He did this with two objectives in mind.

Firstly, everything he knew or had heard about reservation vamps indicated they spooked easily. Vamps were, by inclination, nomadic creatures. They were not a gregarious species either. Though organized into clans, their basic social unit was the pack. Each clan consisted of numerous, small semi-autonomous packs that seldom interacted one with another. Thus, being confined to a relatively small space and forced into undesired proximity to others of their kind made them...easily exciteable.

This understanding of their social structure had been learned through a series of very bloody and very brutal misunderstandings. Josiah Teague was not an excessively cautious man but he had no desire to find himself with either the option of being torn limb from limb or being forced to put down needlessly-enraged vamp natives.


This snippet was selected for the weekly Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet and is from a work in progress, Josiah Teague: Territorial Agent (a paranormal Western)  Previous snippets in this series may be viewed here.

11 comments:

  1. 'Easily excitable...' That is good to know. I can see how that can lead to misunderstanding. Love your description of vamps bahviour.

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  2. Like TK said, I love the "easily excitable" comment. There is a lot of detail in your world that brings it to life... or undeath...or whatever! Anyway, great stuff!

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  3. Like, TK, I love your description of the vamps' behavior, particularly that they are nomadic and easily spooked. Imagining them like that is actually more terrifying than their other forms. Great snippet with a great pace.

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  4. I like that you're taking the vampires in a different direction and that it seems to fit rather well. Can't wait to get some back story on Teague and find out how he ended up there.

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    1. Sue Ann, sorry I was checking comments from my phone and accidentally deleted yours. The vamps are organized into clans. Each clan is made up of several smaller packs

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  6. You have an interesting twist on the whole vampire legend, and I like it. The new direction intrigues me and keeps me wanting more.

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  7. Hmmmmm. Very nice. I like what you're doing with this. :-)

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  8. I've been intrigued by these snippets. I can't wait to see where you're taking this.

    The blend of vampire and native American is interesting... I'm not entirely sure I like Teague's attitude yet, though he seems a decent man.

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  9. I really like the mythology you're building around the vampires. The Western setting is a creative twist on the genre.

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  10. I agree with the earlier comments - an intriguing mythology and an interesting parallel with native Americans. I'm enjoying this, and looking forward to seeing where it goes.

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