Friday, April 26, 2013

Josiah Teague: Territorial Agent XIII


Teague steeled himself for the next challenge, the ritual greeting. Before becoming an agent, he had assumed, like most people, that the Vamps had some sort of spoken language. While, of course, they did it was seldom used since Vamps shared a mental link, a form of telepathy, that they used among themselves. The spoken language was used only with Outsiders. 

That spoken language was simply not intended to be spoken by anyone who did not have Vamp physiology. The hissing, spitting and low, gutteral growls were painful, at best, for humans to make. By the terms of the Vamp-Human treaty, Vamps were required to learn and use the human language. 

Teague was barely surprised to learn none of his predecessors had bothered to access the Bureau database of Vamp language training. Once he accessed the recordings and heard what comprised Vamp, Teague didn't relish the thought of learning it but had no choice. Given the depredations the Lost Valley Vamps had endured under the "guidance" of previous agents, Teague owed it to them to try.



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.

9 comments:

  1. Hmm, most interesting. Loving the history/development of the story and back-story. And Vamps sure sound like my cat before he has a hissy fit!

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  2. Ha! Similar theme to my snippet this week. Better learn the language! I can definitely relate right now, as I am brushing up on my Spanish in preparation for a trip to Ecuador in June. But at least there's no hissing and spitting in Spanish. Nice snippet!

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  3. Indeed, language is THE theme this week. This vamp language doesn't sound like it would lend it self to romantic love songs. I think I need a throat lozenge just thinking about it.

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  4. Sounds like they'd get along well at the holiday dining table with my family, what with all the hissing, spitting and growling.

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  5. This piece reveals a lot about Josiah's character--he's not ordered to learn the language, he's willing to make the painful effort to show the Vamps his sincerity, when others have been disrespectful (but fully within the law). I like it!

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  6. Language does seem to be a frequent theme this week.

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  7. And to think that I was contemplating posting a snippet of Anna dealing with an alien language and vetoed it. Live and learn, I suppose.

    I can just see Josiah's situation going south real quick with unintended misspoken words and phrases. This is the stuff sitcoms are made of.

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  8. I really like the pieces of characterization that are coming though... the mistakes the past agents have made, Josiah's wariness, but also his compassion and desire to do a good job.

    Very nice snippet.

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  9. I never thought about Vampires having their own language. That he's interested reveals a lot about Josiah's character.

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