Rust and Ruin No. 1

It’s been a loooong time since I last participated in Weekend Writing Warriors, and I’ve missed the feedback and getting to see what other writers are working on and releasing. I have several projects in progress, but cannot post from some of them. However, I do have a new short prequel to my post-apocalyptic space opera, Girl Under Glass. Titled Rust and Ruin, it will be published shortly. (NOTE: I previously posted two snippets from this work under the title Breaking Faith. You can read them here and here.)

So, here we go; Ehtishem not quite alone in the woods:


There was a four-foot, rocky drop-off from the slope to the creek bank, and Ehtishem peered over the edge to see the sandy-haired Terran youth, knee-deep in water, trying to catch a fish from the pool.

The Ohnenran stepped forward and dropped from the low cliff to the bank.

“Oh shit!” The boy lunged back and landed in the water up to his chest.

Ehtishem hauled him from the frigid creek, a massive fist manacling the youngster’s left bicep. He deposited the boy on the pebbled bank and said, “Stay.” Then, like a grizzly, the Ohnenrai soldier swatted the largest of the fish from the water to the shore. Pointing at the flopping salmon, he said, “Bring it.”


Thanks for reading and commenting. A little more tweaking and this sucker will be ready for publication. (Slated for a spring release.)

Please check out all the other WeWriWa snippets this week. Many great writers to be discovered and revisited!

By Monica Enderle Pierce

I'm a Seattle author of fantasy and science fiction books that have been called lyrical, powerful, and sensual. I trust readers to fill the gaps with their own imaginations.

  • Steven Montano

    Awesome! I love your detail and description, Monica, and always have. Remarkable!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you, Steven! A great compliment that’s sincerely appreciated. 😀

  • I was immediately sucked in. Not sure who to worry about or why, but it works! Welcome back.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Worry is good! Yay! Thanks, Alexis. 😀

  • Jess Schira

    Monica, so glad you’re back! I have missed your snippets! Based on this bit, it seems like Rust and Ruin is going to be another great tale. I’m looking forward to reading it in it’s entirety.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks so much, Jess. It’s a short one, but I’m happy with it. And I can’t wait for you and everyone else to be able to read it. 😀

  • Veronica Scott

    Welcome back! Enjoyed the excerpt…just wondering, does the Ohnenran soldier know about grizzly bears? This seems to be in his POV, so that reference threw me a bit….but I confess to not refreshing my memory on the story first. Always love a post apocalyptic tale!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Veronica. It’s nice to be back! And that’s an excellent question. Ehtishem has been on Terra in the Pac. NW for twelve years at this point, so he’d definitely know about grizzlies. (And they’d likely know about him. LOL!)

      • Veronica Scott

        Oh good, re the grizzly. I figured you had that covered but just had to ask!

        • Monica Enderle Pierce

          And I’m glad you did, Veronica!

  • Christina Ochs

    Great excerpt! I especially like the “fishing.” 🙂

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Hey, whatever works, right? 😀 Thanks, Christina!

  • Oh, this sounds fun. Love the fishing scene 🙂

    And I love the cover! 😀

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you, Liza! I’m really happy with the cover, too. 😀

  • Siobhan Muir

    Eep! That would surprise the heck outta me, too. Great snippet, Monica, and welcome back. 🙂

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Siobhan. It’s nice to see some familiar face. 😀

  • I was sure I’d left a comment! Dagnabbit. I don’t see it. Losing my mind. 🙂

    I can hardly wait to read this, Monica! I love your descriptive writing. I think I have a crush on Ehtishem… lol

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Aw! He’s lovable, even in this story. Thanks, hon. I’ll be sending out ARCs for review soon. Let me know if you’re interested in R4R’ing this one. 😀