I just dove back into querying on my MS, and in between checking my email every five minutes to see if I've gotten a response, I'm futzing around with a new project. Only about 16000 words in, need to figure out where exactly the plot is going, but... in the meantime, I thought I'd post the opening. Any thoughts are appreciated.
The judge emeritus had scheduled his death for nine in the morning.
So Kaya Rai arrived half an hour early to bring him back to life.
She pulled her car up to the estate’s gate, an ornate barrier of black metalwork about ten feet high. As Kaya cranked down the window, the nearer guard, dressed in a tight-fitted blue, eyed her uncertainly.
Kaya leaned out the window. “Morning. I have an appointment.” She raised one hand to brush hair out of her face, while the other rested on the steering wheel.
The guard might have been new, or at least Kaya hadn’t seen him before. He glanced over his shoulder, to the other, older guard who waited on the far side of the gate. The older guard had been around for Kaya’s previous visit, and he gave a solitary nod, acknowledging her credentials.
They opened the gate just enough for Kaya to pass through. “Head up to the front door,” the grizzled guard told her. “They’re waiting for you.”
I should think so. Kaya offered him a meaningless smile and started the ride up the long driveway.
Judge Horace Longleaf lived on a twenty-three acre estate on the edge of the city, with the manor house about a quarter-mile up the driveway. Stately beeches lined the path, dark leaves dancing overhead, dappling their smooth, gray bark. The house was built in the old Jevenite fashion, brick faced with white moldings, smooth columns holding up the roof above a wide front porch. It was the sort of place where horse stable, carriage house, and carport could all live side by side.
Kaya loved rich people, mostly because they would part with whatever she asked them to.
(So it's a little over 250. Sue me. I wanted to finish the thought.)
Also, just curious if anyone gets a vibe of a certain time period from it. I have a certain vision in my head of where this society is, and I want to get it clear early. I won't say what yet so that people can offer unbiased opinions.