I got tagged by proverbs31teen for a writing challenge sort of thing. Here’s the explanation:
The 777 challenge requires you go to Page 7 of your work-in-progress, scroll down to Line 7 and share the next 7 lines in a blog post. Once you have done this, you can tag 7 other bloggers to do the same with their work-in-progress.
So, I’m actually breaking the rules a bit, because 7 paragraphs works better than 7 lines in my excerpt.
This is from a sequel I’m writing to my first published book, Odd Team Out. If you want to take a look at that, you’d probably have more character backstory.
As it is, I’ll explain as much as needs to be explained.
Jean is an agent for my made up agency, The SPI (Superior Protective Inteligence) Agency. Mr. Ecks (get it?) is the director of the agency and her boss. The agency intercepted some coded letters, and Jean was called in to help decode.
Here you go!
“Were Emily, Ptolemy. I educate thinking ebony otters t learning,” said the first sentence.
The room was silent for a few moments, then Jean cleared her throat, “Well, you were right about it looking like nonsense.”
Mr. Ecks shifted forwards in his seat, “’Looking like nonsense’? It is nonsense. But do you know what it means?”
“Actually, this is in a code that I found interesting when I was studying and I’ve used it before. It’s not very complicated at all, though it looks it.”
She put the paper on the table, grabbed a notepad and began writing.
“So you take the first two letters of each word, if they have two letters, write them down and that makes this sentence…” Jean spun the notepad around,
“We emptied the bottle”
“But, “ Jean picked up the notepad, “The judging by the next sentence, I’d say this is double coded. They’re masking the words by using different terms, and I don’t know what those mean. It says (decoded), ‘Contents unstable, but are out of danger now’.” It was quiet for a bit as Jean studied the paper more, then she sighed and pushed her hair back. “I think I’ll need some time on this one.”
And, I taaaaaag……
I know, I know… I always do that.
But, seriously, if anyone out there reading this wants to do it, just comment and say you want to, and you’re tagged! 🙂
Should I put up more sequel?
Please tell me what you thought!