Loyalty Versus the Easy Way

This week as I’ve written more of my book, I’ve ended up with one character who is desperately looking for the easy way out. Things have gotten too hard for him. He’s torn between what little loyalty he has to a friend and his personal safety. The risks seem too high if he stays with the others, besides, it’s his friend that is the enemy’s focus. It would be so much easier to step away and vanish. He would have done it by now, but he knows the guilt would be too much.

Even though leaving would be the easy way out, the easy way out is not always the best. He may never recover from the dangers they face, if he survives at all. It’s a terrible time in his life, but he isn’t the only one wishing for the easy way out. The other characters, men and women he has known for years, also want out. Even the woman who guides them based on her scattered visions of the future knows they can’t just give up.

I know how this story will end. After all, I’ve written the ending. Now, I just must keep them working on it. The male character I described at the beginning might think he can take the easy way out. Whether he will choose that path or the more dangerous path, for that character is still up in the air. He didn’t fit into the ending I wrote, so he might have died, or he could have gotten away.

I’m excited to see where he goes. My current project, this book, is forming up nicely on this draft, even thought it is taking me longer to write.

Take a look at some of my other books on Amazon.

My last book, Collected Lives, takes place near the end of the twenty-second century, with vacations and tourism to Earth by off-worlders controlled by major corporations. The largest corporation, Collected Lives, has several enemies. The story follows the events as four people from different portions of Collected Lives’ process are thrown into the middle of a larger problem.

My fantasy, A Map, a Mage, and a Sacrifice, is set in a world with ancient technology where sacrifice of lifeforce brings magical power. The greater the pain and suffering, the greater the magical energy generated. The Forty mages controlling the empire use voluntary sacrifice of the citizens to generate power they use to protect and defend the empire. But their rule may be coming to a close.

Malignance, my third book in my time travel series that began with Resonance and Dissonance, is on Amazon as a kindle and a paperback. That was a fun series to write, and for now, it is completed. I have also placed all three books from that series into one volume titled The Machina of Time.

If you’re looking for a science fiction story, try my book The Promise of Dust, which takes place in a cloud city floating in the atmosphere of Venus. Or Progenitor’s Legacy: Deceit, which takes place many years in the future on a tidally locked world that orbits a red dwarf and has been reached by humanity in their search for the alien progenitors who seeded the galaxy with nano machines.

If a young adult science fiction is more to your liking, check out my series This New Earth, that starts with Demons of a Dead World and Secrets of a Dead World.

If you are looking for a young adult fantasy, check out my book The Threads Unbound.

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