Valentine's Day is Abducted Life's birthday, and to celebrate, I decided to host a blog hop about being abducted by aliens. Because nothing is more romantic than getting kidnapped by aliens. What? Savannah and Evan disagree? Bah. They are no fun.
Anyways, join me and others this week as we muse on being abducted by aliens. You can still join, too, if you'd like. I decided to write about the moment before they were taken.
The wheat rustled in the night's wind, swaying around Savannah. She ran her fingertips over the tops. Where was he? He usually beat her. Then he'd wrap his arms around her and...
Heat rushed up Savannah's face.
Footsteps turned her around. Evan strode to her. He ducked his head and grinned sheepishly. "Sorry I'm late. Mom woke and--"
Savannah crushed her lips to his.
The force caused him to step back. "Whoa." He chuckled and wrapped his arms around her. They held each other, reveling in the warmth of their embrace. Evan kissed her again. His hands slid up her shirt. She moaned against his lips and the world around them faded. Nothing mattered. School tomorrow. Unfinished homework. Getting caught. Not even the shooting star that seemed to be coming toward them mattered. They were together and nothing could separate them.
Savannah Janowitz’s perfect life was destroyed the night she and her boyfriend vanished without a trace. A year later she reappears—alone. With no memory of what happened and strange, new abilities manifesting, Savannah struggles to rebuild her life.
Evan Sullivan never gave aliens much thought until the night he and Savannah were abducted. Changed by the horrifying experiments that made him less than human, Evan hides in the shadows and watches Savannah rebuild her life without him.
But neither can let the other go. Reunited, Savannah and Evan finally see a glimmer of their old lives return. As they face what happened to them together, they realize aliens aren’t the only danger out there.
Someone closer to home is watching, waiting for the right moment to tear them apart.
Now, it's your turn. How would you be abducted by aliens? What would you do?
Next month, on Valentine's Day, is Abducted Life's birthday. Savvy and Evan are three years old. To celebrate, I thought I'd ask you to write a story about being abducted by aliens.
Try to keep your story around 500 words or less. You can go nuts with how you approach it. Government report. First person encounter. Stowing away on an alien spaceship. (Okay, not really an abduction, but if that's where inspiration takes you, who am I to argue?) You want to write it from the alien's POV? Go for it. It's up to you. If you get graphic in anyway, make sure to put a note at the top that it's not PG. Posts will go up the week of Valentine's Day. I will email details for Abducted Life on February 1st.
The dream I had that inspired Abducted Life was about a vampire trying to escape aliens. He had the cliché vampire traits like fangs, but for Abducted Life I wanted Savannah and Evan's looks to reflect the fact that aliens messed with their genetics to make them less human.
BEWARE THE FULL MOON
For Savannah, I didn't want her physical appearance to change. Her alterations are invisible. On the outside, she looks perfectly normal. But she's faster and stronger, and during the full moon, she gets the urge to procreate. There's a real parallel to chronic illness. I hadn't intended it, but suffering from those myself, I bet it was an unconscious decision.
ALIEN VAMPIRES ARE REAL
When it came to Evan and alien vampires, I had one specific animal in mind: a sea lamprey. Specifically, it's mouth. I wanted Evan's changes to be something he had to cover and in doing so would make him stand out in a crowd. It also had to be horrifying. He shrugs it off in the story, but it's not an easy change to cope with as he makes it seem.
NOW, THE SHAMELESS PLUG ;)
Savannah Janowitz’s perfect life was destroyed the night she and her boyfriend vanished without a trace. When she reappears a year later––alone––she’s a shell of her former self. Robbed of her popularity and her boyfriend, she has no memory of what happened to her. Savannah struggles to move forward as strange, new abilities manifest.
Evan Sullivan never gave extra-terrestrials much thought until the night he and Savannah were abducted. While Savannah’s memory was wiped clean, he remembers every horrific detail. Constantly reminded of the experiments that made him less than human, Evan hides in the shadows and watches Savannah rebuild her life without him.
But neither can let the other go. When their paths cross, Savannah and Evan finally see a glimmer of their old lives return. As they face what happened to them, they soon discover they aren’t safe. There’s more to fear than what’s hiding in the stars.
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