5th line from your book...

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Profilepic Anu Besson · Author · edited 23 days ago
5th line of THE OLD GOD: "They could do nothing to help." 

Quite bleak! :D 
Author photos 007 10 Eric Christopherson · Author · added about 1 month ago
5th line from Frame-Up: "I want you facing death."
Borregomephoto01cropped Moro Rogers · Author · added about 1 month ago
"I’m a carrion eater..."
G41fnsv0 Anthony Vieira · Author · edited 11 days ago
"This was the longest he had gone without ingesting mind-altering chemicals of any kind (except maybe the Twinkie and Diet Rock Star he had pounded at a gas station a half-hour before) in the last six years."
Yxhk42e4 Anniken Haga · Author · edited 3 months ago · 1 like
’’At my side, a machine read my blood pressure and heartbeat.’’
Is the 5th line of Artificial Generation
Userphoto7 original Corey and Natasha Kern · Author · edited 3 months ago · 1 like
The fifth line of The Enhanced! A Super Hero Novel
"As he did so, a feeling of nausea overcame him."
0925161337 J. Danielle Dorn · Author · edited 3 months ago · 2 likes
Late to the party, but the fifth line of Devil’s Call is the narrator failing to adhere to the rules of grammar:

"Why there was no other way this story was going to end."
10010804 10204405977324996 934323765199511974 o André Brun · Author · added 3 months ago
the fifth line of Lies and Deception :
“Help me.” Elizabeth was breathing heavily. Her voice turned down to a whisper.
Someone followed me to work ... he… he is now shooting the patients.”
28954eec79977b1f707fdbba327a364c Maximillian dErembou · Author · added 4 months ago
From Nightfall: Book One of the Nightsong Space Opera, now on the Nerdist Sci-Fi Contest. Please like!

"The crunching of boots on frozen snow caused the king to crouch in the shadow of a chunk of fallen hull; more pirates were coming."

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 nzkhmgt Evan Graham · Author · edited 4 months ago · 2 likes
The fifth line of Tantalus Depths is boring out of context, but the fifth line of what I’ve written so far in Proteus is much better:
"Seated in the center of this jungle of wiring was something that, a few decades ago, would have been called a man."
Profile pic Seth Greenberg · Author · edited 4 months ago · 2 likes
      "He was sweating as Captain Ethan Nova played off the near-death experience with his usual candor. "
G6ohwk9u Patrick Tebbe · Author · edited 4 months ago · 2 likes
5th line from Crow’s Gambit.

"No little green men, giant flying saucers in the sky, or take us to your leader."
Zgqf1fqf 400x400 D. Navekar · Author · edited 4 months ago · 1 like
Sweet thread you have here. 5th line from Opuscosmos.

The stag had already disappeared, most likely having his spinning head resting on porcelain.
G0qhuhqf Em Brewer · Author · edited 4 months ago · 2 likes
5th line from Rifted is:
Prison, he thought, a place he’d known before. 

Fun thread!
Ajsmall Alistair James · Author · edited 4 months ago · 1 like
Cool thread!  5th line from The Force Inherent:

"The cigarettes were old and stained and tasted too much of nicotine, and nobody wanted to be caught doing such an illegal thing — regulations don’t permit it on the ships, gas pockets and all that.
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Me J. Graham-Jones · Author · edited 3 months ago · 4 likes
The 5th sentence in 1000 Faces:

"The projected gaze, the manual argues, must serve as a surrogate for the actual, biological gaze, or else a beholder may become unsettled by or mistrustful of the wearer. If the eyes are the window to the soul, we must present at least the illusion of that window."
Self G. R. Paskoff · Author · edited 4 months ago · 1 like

This is quite a fun list.


"And even on the night of his death, the way he yanked up the collar of his overcoat and scrunched into it like a turtle would have been seen as natural, for the gale winds and rain cascading slantwise in surging waves across the rows of slickened parked cars presented a daunting gauntlet to run."

27fe5424ca07cb54a91803a77e7bbf1e Quincy Z. Gunderson · Author · edited 4 months ago · 1 like
Here’s mine, from Specimen X:
The means of conducting war were rapidly becoming mechanized.


Pxuytwsw Ryan Muzzey · Author · edited 4 months ago · 2 likes
Here’s the fifth line from my book. The line references a child pickpocket cutting purses in a crowded market street. It’s a short line with not much to it, but the whole chapter is available in the link.

From The Odd Coin
The work was delicate, but had an easy rhythm to it.
Img 2511 Jane-Holly Meissner · Author · edited 3 months ago · 3 likes
Yes,  the 5th sentence in your manuscript (which I chose arbitrarily). :) Here’s mine from Mutants: Uprising-

The speaker snickers like he’s just told the best joke ever, and something soft hits your side as you jerk awake.
Pic222 Chris Picone · Author · edited 4 months ago · 3 likes
How fun! I love little activities like this.  And there’s been some ripper lines there.  Paul, yours was very Douglas Adams.  Rebecca, you should have stuck with "no - stop!" Out of context, that’s quite intriguing and potentially very funny. 

I’m not sure I understood the task right.  I took it literally, going to the fifth line as Inkshares presented it, and then captured whichever complete sentence I found there.

Here’s my from my fantasy novel Kanimbla:  "On any other day, Dale would have been awake for hours, sitting with his back against a tree waiting patiently for the first animals of the day to make their way down one of the many small creeks that dotted the landscape – but today was no ordinary day."

And from my sci fi short story Sunraysia:  "
Garuda 9 loomed in the atmosphere above, far too big to land on this little rock."

Cheers!
Solo Andrea L Boyd · Author · edited 4 months ago · 2 likes
I’m liking everyone’s lines. This is a great idea.

From Slipping:

He lifted weights, too, to keep muscle definition, of course, but only twice a week, and only after the bike ride.
2015 12 02 20.28.58 Janna Grace · Author · edited 3 months ago · 5 likes
Love this idea! From The Talkers are Talking:

"What a swan song."

This is in the voice of the cannibal (for context- talking about losing control of his bowels if he dies), so the sentences are much shorter. Enjoyed reading your lines everyone =)
Autumn leaves owl K.L. Noone · Author · edited 5 months ago · 4 likes
Technically my fifth sentence is "Oliver couldn’t remember a time without his."

Which sort of needs context (his what?) so here:

"
Fairy-companions weren’t unheard-of. Unusual, but not unheard-of. Rare. Legendary, even.

Oliver couldn’t remember a time without his." :-)
Img 6226 Rebecca Pert · Author · edited 4 months ago · 7 likes
Technically my 5th sentence is "no - stop"! My 4th one is a bit meatier:

My birth, my untimely entrance into the world, on the hottest day of 1977, when the sun seemed to hang unmoving in the sky, and the washing hung in the back gardens of the estate like limp tongues, and my mother’s body, as if exhausted, gave up and dumped its cargo two months early, letting me slither out unceremoniously, limp, half-baked, wrinkled as a burst balloon, onto a tarpaulin on the living-room floor.

2017 05 21 11.34.48 TCC Edwards · Author · edited 5 months ago · 4 likes
From Far Flung:

The scientist directed the readings to Third Mind, allowing the more analytical part to catalog the data. First and Second Mind looked at the more immediate problem – determining how this ship had appeared instead of the target, and what to do with it.

(A tiny bit past the 5th sentence, but couldn’t resist)
Onat790s Jacqui Castle · Author · edited 5 months ago · 4 likes
Fun! 5th Line from The Walls are Closing In

The top, which I cannot see from where I’m standing, even though I stare until my eyes start to burn in the bright sunlight.
R6rgp3ky Les Abernathy · Author · edited 5 months ago · 3 likes
Here’s the 5th line from my current project, The Variant War.

"Most of the right side of Beckman’s hair had been cut short and dyed red in an effort to blend in with the eccentric lifestyles of the area."

The first chapter is up on my page if you want to read more.

https://www.inkshares.com/books/the-variant-war-71dd0e
Lowrez0033 Leslie Nipkow · Author · edited 5 months ago · 4 likes

"To someone looking out from within the newborn temple of applied beauty, I must resemble a before picture: hair spiking wildly around the edges of my cap, Chucks worn down at the heels, raccoon circles ringing my tired eyes." - from HOW TO KISS LIKE A MOVIE STAR 

303706 10150954327860478 2105082505 n Paul Plante · Author · edited 4 months ago · 5 likes
5th line from NaNo WIP ’STEEL’S EARTH’ (didn’t realize this is a paragraph, oh well haha)

Now, any gelatinous being of mostly-non-Newtonian-fluid would assure one that referring to its limbs, or proboscises as some might have, or joint-less appendages, as a paw or other such soft sounding descriptors is preferable to hand or claw, beings of physicality’s of a less-than-solid nature take insult if any word that sounds dense describes any part of their entity. At least this is a deeply, socially fundamentally important truth, stated as such, by some like Consul Reok Forx, who is a researcher for the University Galactic Board of Naming Conventions and Other Such Proper Titles and Pronouns.

There’s nothing special about STEEL’S EARTH on my profile, I’m just really excited about the story compared to my others :)
Sammy photo Sammy Wilsmore · Author · edited 4 months ago · 5 likes
"I’m going to be here for a while. Mostly alone. But I’m okay with that. Research keeps me occupied and the views are amazing."

Mine starts as a log entry, so I had to search to find the proper 5th line that wasn’t "Log entry xyz"

You can find the context here: https://www.inkshares.com/books/space-cat
Iy9w 11m Tahani Nelson · Author · edited 4 months ago · 5 likes
“Come on, Kai. I’m not going to get stuck mucking stables again because you can’t get up like any regular faoii for chapel.”

hmmm... Think I like the 5th line from the excerpt better:

"An arrow from the east caught him first and he toppled off the roof. Kaiya grinned."

I guess while I’m here I should tell you to click HERE and read the rest of it. ;)
Img 2511 Jane-Holly Meissner · Author · edited 4 months ago · 7 likes
Post the fifth line from your book! Here’s mine:

 Abbie was sitting on a mossy stump, watching bees as they swarmed the petite white blooms of a blackberry bramble, and anticipating the bountiful harvest she’d enjoy in the coming months.

from Fae Child ( bit.ly/faechild )