In one of my prior articles, Who But An Author, I discussed the Kill Cliff Brooks challenge during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Below is an excerpt from my first NaNo novel, The Wall of Time (prequel to my sci-fi series). The hero, Wil, has to deal with a hired assassin and he decides the best way to find Mozzimo is to use his girlfriend, Eboneé, as bait.
A scrawny man in a dirty black leather thong and studded dog collar answered the door. He had a name tattooed on is skinny chest: Cliff Brooks. Cliff escorted Wil into the lobby and told Eboneé she was wanted below. The whore took her time, making sure she was perfectly attired for her new playmate.
(A scene follows where Wil “persuades” Eboneé to contact Mozziomo.)
Eboneé reluctantly placed the call to Mozzimo. It wasn’t a clear visual, but he could see Wil holding her prisoner. Wil’s smile was lethal, wicked, cold with anger. He took this all very personally. The fact that the Council actually thought they could kill him offended his sensibilities in ways nothing else could. That they had tried to use his friend first, offended him as well. Now they were sending a cocky, arrogant, pervert after him. They were killing his ego, that was about all they had accomplished.
“I’ll be there soon, Ebby,”Mozzimo told his prostitute girlfriend. “You just keep him happy til I get there.”
“Moz! He’s trying to kill me here!”
“Don’t be stupid, bitch. If he wanted you dead, you already would be. Play nice.” He cut off the transmission.
“Let’s get comfy, shall we?” Wil dragged her to the bed and cuffed her to it, arms and legs splayed indecorously across the dirty red coverlet.
“They’re gonna come asking for me if you don’t let me go soon.”
“Baby, they won’t ask for you for a week. I gave them so much money, I could keep you here as long as I wanted. No one cares. You’re meat.” He dressed quickly and sat on the only chair in the room, facing the door, waiting.
He knew Mozzimo was close. He was probably already in orbit. Moz was sloppy. He hadn’t paid attention to his screen angle. Wil had seen the navigation instruments behind him on the vid screen. He’d been less than five hectares away from Aolani. Figure at least thirty minutes for approach, clearance and docking, he’d be through the door in less than an hour.
Eboneé was beginning to like the position she was in. She liked the man who threatened her, finding that she enjoyed getting the pain as well as giving it. If she could distract him, maybe Moz would have a chance and kill him. She could watch. She could really get off on that.
“Hey,” she put on her most coaxing, sultry voice. To Wil she sounded nasal and annoying.
“What?” He didn’t look at her. He could see her in his peripheral vision.
“Why waste your time and money? Come on over here, I’ll give you something to keep you occupied til Moz gets here.”
“Oh, come on. I’m all set up and ready for you. You’re so hot, you’re steaming. Take off your clothes and join me. I’ll make it worth your time.” She writhed on the bed and tried to look sexy. It was hard to look really slinky with her arms and legs spreadeagled, but she tried.
Wil laughed, not keeping the dark amusement from his face. “Save it for someone who gives a shit, Ebby.” He said her name in a mocking tone. “I don’t want what you have to offer. I like my women clean.”
“I’m clean!” She screeched.
“Sure you are.” He chuckled. It was a very spooky sound.
Eboneé cried softly, waiting for Mozzimo to arrive. Wil sensed him before he heard Mozzimo in the hallway. Making no pretense of his arrival, he was coming in hot and fully loaded.
Yelling obscenities and banging on doors as he clumped down the hall, he was disturbing the entire establishment. Cliff came up behind him to find out what the trouble was. Without thinking, Mozzimo spun around and shot him right between the ‘f’ and the ‘B’. Cliff scrabbled at his chest, coughed once and died.
Dellani Oakes is a not quite completely crazy author of Indian Summer, Lone Wolf and The Ninja Tattoo. Indian Summer – historical romance and Lone Wolf – futuristic romance are available from Second Wind Publishing. The Ninja Tattoo – contemporary romantic suspense, is available from Tirgearr Publishing.