Below is a snippet from my latest WIP called Across the Stars. It's a SFR or Sci-Fi Romance.
Here's the story scoop: Laina is one of the last surviving humans after earth was destroyed when the humans tried to kill the cyborgs they'd created when the cyborgs rebelled and escaped. Now the Cyborgs, with permission of the Galactic High Council have free rein to pursue the last remnants of the human race and do with them as they see fit. Rorik, a cyborg lieutenant stumbles upon Laina hiding in a ship and he captures her, thinking to get information about the whereabouts of other humans. But when the cyborg doctor on Rorik's ship runs tests on Laina, a genetic anomaly in her hand raises questions and he suddenly wonders if Laina might hold the key to the survival of the cyborg race. Can he learn to trust and love his sworn enemy if it means he might save his people?
Last week we left off with Laina having climbed into the ceiling of her room by moving a tile out of the way and crawling up inside. Rorik and his cyborg crew have boarded the alien Nubra ship transporting Laina and have watched video feeds which show Laina climbing up into the ceiling. Rorik asks Zore, the nubra captain where the ceiling air ducts leads.
Zore lifted his head, eyes flashing straight up above their heads and he pointed one index finger to indicate the tiles overhead; just then, the ceiling above them creaked.
Rorik smiled, pulled his phaser from his holster and flicked the setting to a low level blast, enough to destroy the tile and bring the woman crashing down. Julian, Alanna and Zore all took several steps back right before Rorik pulled the trigger and the phaser emanated a red beam vaporized several tiles above them.
In a great crash and a scream, the woman fell from above and landed hard on her side, a small pack rolling off her shoulders and bumping into tips of Alanna’s black boots. Alanna toed it daintily as though concerned it might be poisonous before she reached down and picked it up.
The human crumpled into a ball, knees tucked up near her chin, arms wrapped around her head protecting herself from whatever attack she expected and Rorik's his stomach clenched. Had she been attacked before? Did she not understand cyborgs were different than humans, they did not retaliate with brutality unless necessary for survival?