Hi! I’m hard at work on the Department of Homeworld Security holiday story. It’s turning out to be a challenging project! Still, progress is good, and I’ve passed the 15k mark. It’s one of those “two steps forward, one step back” pieces, but I’m pushing through and loving the story.
For today’s #TeaserTuesday, I thought I’d share one of my favorite moments with you. Buddy runs a sub shop and when dinner plans fall through with Nika—the girl of his dreams—he decides to surprise her with a picnic. He sneaks into the back of her truck, which turns out to be a colossally bad idea. Read on to see why.
HOMEWORLD FOR THE HOLIDAYS
(THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMEWORLD SECURITY, Book twelve)
Copyright © 2019 Cassandra Chandler
All rights reserved
He didn’t want to wait too long, and not just because he was tired of sitting in the dark back of the truck. He felt around for the handle and carefully opened the door, slipping out with his basket in hand.
The basket felt heavier than he expected, but as he looked around, that became the least of his worries.
The walls were white and stretched at least four stories high till they reached the ceiling. The gray metal floor stretched out bigger than a football field. Bigger than five football fields. And the things parked on that floor…
They weren’t cars. They were ships.
Giant ships. Small ships. Medium-sized ships.
Some looked like the flying-saucer type spaceships he’d seen in B-sci-fi movies growing up. Others were boxy shuttles, he’d guess.
And then there was Nika’s truck, parked against one wall, the light gleaming off its shiny silver sidepanels.
He turned around, his brain having trouble processing everything he was seeing. Everything except Nika.
She was standing in front of a large window, staring at… at…
Buddy walked up next to her, his heart pounding in his chest.
It was Earth. He was staring down at Earth. From the moon—or right next to it, anyway.
The blue sphere became smaller as they started moving away from it. More and more of the window became filled with blackness and stars.
Space. I’m in outer space.
“Whoa, that’s really something,” he said.
Nika turned toward him. She stared for a moment, then her eyes widened, her mouth dropping open.
“Buddy?” she gasped.
He nodded, eyes stuck on the window.
“So, um…” He swallowed hard. “I’m guessing you don’t actually work on cars.”
I can’t wait to share Buddy and Nika’s story with you! I’ll have a cover reveal very soon. Thanks for coming along on the adventure!