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"X," I think is the hardest letter to post in the Challenge, especially if you are posting an excerpt / teaser from a novel to be released in the future. The easy way to get around it is to have a character with a name starting with "X."
Unfortunately I don't.
Below is my "X" post for the A-Z Challenge from "Forces of Mist," I hope you like it.
Xerox machines were lined up against one wall, some whole, others in pieces amongst old computers and gaming consoles. Other machines, unrecognizable, were organized in various bundles awaiting dismantling or had been hurriedly broken apart and were laying in piles on the floor.
Finding the older technology was difficult, but by the looks of the room the technicians had been busy reassembling devices with analogue capability which would not be detected by the enemy.
Jackson left Sarah’s side and walked over to the table holding the new weapon. The technicians halted their work, looking at him suspiciously.
The room fell into silence.
It was obvious the workers felt threatened by Jackson’s presence.
Sarah joined him and asked one of the workers directly, “Have you discovered out how the device is operated?”
An eager tech enthusiastically answered her question, describing what they had learned from studying the hard drive Sarah and Roberts had brought back from the settlement.
“They had named the machine Xantippe. We discovered it was a town in Western Australia which was named after the wife of the great Socrates.” The technician divulged with excitement. “You do know who Socrates was, don’t you?”
Sarah, a look of confusion upon her face tried to remember the name. She had heard it before, but couldn’t recall who the man was.
The technician, frustrated by her silence divulged the answer, “He was one of the world’s greatest philosophers. Plato and Xenephon were his students. The man was a genius and brought about the scientific method of hypothesis!”
Sarah looked at the tech dumfounded by his enthusiasm and felt demoralized by his intelligence.