Rust and Ruin No. 2

Welcome Readers and Writers!

Returning to Weekend Writing Warriors, and more from my post-apocalyptic/sci-fi short story, Rust and Ruin. This is a prequel to Girl Under Glass. (Previously posted snippets from this work are herehere and here.)

Continuing with Ehtishem and the boy, Logan, whom he caught trying to steal fish in last week’s snippet. I’ve jumped ahead a bit. Ehtishem has fed the kid and gotten information about the two men, Johnston and Paul, who are following him. The first to speak is Logan.


“Aren’t you worried?”

“About Johnston and Paul?”

The boy nodded and studied one of the chestnuts.

“Peel it.”

Logan did as instructed and his eyes widened with appreciation as he took a tentative bite.

Nava—no—I’m not concerned.”


Thanks for reading and commenting both last week and this week.

You can find a list of all the other WeWriWa snippets here. 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.

  • Jess Schira

    Another very nice snippet. I live the child’s reaction to the chestnut.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Jess. Logan turned out to be a great counter character to Ehtishem.

  • Siobhan Muir

    There’s something attractive about being with the baddest badass of them all. Great snippet, Monica. 🙂

  • Veronica Scott

    I love the details! Another excellent snippet from this story…

  • Wonderful. So wonderful. I signed up for your newsletter, or emails, or notifications. Something. I think I might have signed up last week, too.

    Signing up twice isn’t getting the story notification to me a damned bit faster. ~sigh~

  • I appreciate scenes like this. Sometimes, what isn’t said is more significant that what is said.
    We authors forget sometimes how important silence is in writing dialog.