This whole scene is from the first draft. I really love it and wanted to edit it and keep it. This is the current version of it, which starts off chapter 2. A friend who’s serving as a beta reader demanded (with much love) that I expand on the first sentence and I fully plan on it. In any case, I hope you enjoy the current iteration and that it gets you excited to see the finished book this summer!
Grimluk emerged from the sandstorm like a phantom. Several yards ahead of him lay the town’s entrance, guarded immediately by two Human men. The hunter walked slowly towards them, covered from head to toe with a thick coating of pale dirt, which he endeavored to beat loose from himself. He stopped within talking distance, and allowed the Watchmen to observe him. The dust fell from him in great showers. After clearing himself as best he could, he held up his hands in peace, letting them know he was real and awaited their response.
“Charlie, you see this too,” the watchman on the right asked the watchman on the left.
“Big fuckin’ Orc-man,” Charlie remarked.
“Aye. We both see him them. Reckon we should ask what he wants.”
He stepped forward, holding a rifle, and shouted at Grimluk.
“We both see ya, so you’re real. What you want, Orc?”
Grimluk lowered his arms and spoke.
“I was hired to fix your demon problem” he said plainly.
The Watchman looked back at his peer before turning back to the green-skinned wanderer.
“How do we know you’re really a hunter? How do we know you ain’t a harrier?”
“You’re a Wastes town. That means you have a barrier, correct?”
“So it’s said,” the Watchman replied.
Grimluk stepped forward slowly. He could feel energy ripple as he approached. The hunter reached out his left hand and touched the barrier. It rippled and shimmered like a soap bubble, humming lightly in resistance to the Orc’s hand. The Watchmen looked at each other, curiosity and confusion washing over their faces.
Grimluk pushed his hand through the barrier.
Charlie’s rifle was up against his shoulder and aimed squarely at the Orc’s head in an instant.
“Hold back, Orc,” Charlie shouted.
Grimluk held his right hand back up and pulled his left hand back from the barrier.
“Yeah, okay…you’re true,” the other Watchman said.
The trio stood silently.