A Dangerous Game…

I have found the magic pill that makes my lungs behave. It’s called Zyrtec and it’s a miracle.

With one tiny pill, there is no more wheezing, no more coughing. And I finally have something resembling energy again. I still don’t have time to write due to the crazy three year old running around, but, hey, it’s progress in the right direction. I’ll take it.

While I still haven’t been able to write, I am working on writing related projects. I have signed with with ACX and I am trying to release Revenants as an Audio book. So far I have one audition, and I should have another by the end of the week. It’s exciting, but strange at the same time. It’s one thing to read your book aloud during the editing process. It’s quite another to hear someone else reading it.

But now it’s time for WIPPET Wednesday!

Since today is the 6th, here are 12 paragraphs from Elusion (6+6=12). This takes place immediately after my last snippet.

“I don’t know,” Liam spoke up. “They’ve been keeping the Miller’s mother away from you.”

“Oh no.” A slight smile twisted Marley’s thin lips. “That was all me.”

“What did you do now?” Liam sighed.

“Offered to cook her a meal, then made a scene about seeing a mouse.”

“You know that won’t last for long.” It was a statement, not a question, and Mattie’s eyes darted from the young man, to the old one to see his reaction.

“Yes, well, I imagine the sudden appearance of my grandaughter might keep her away long enough for me to come up with a new plan. Perhaps I’ll cut a hole in my step and cover it with a mat.” The man motioned to a table near the hearth, its cracked surface was nearly as cluttered as the Toymaker’s shed. “Sit, sit.”

Mattie did as he directed, noticing bundles of drooping blue flowers sitting amongst the piles of dirty dishes and half finished charms sat. The top petals curved gently away from the stem downward to the flared bell like opening, reminding her faintly of moth wings when they were folded back – aconite. The scent from them was faint, as they were nearly overpowered by the pungent smell of the white bulbs sitting next to them. However, the combination of the two was nearly enough to make her sneeze. She bit her cheek until the sensation faded, clutching her hands in her skirts to keep them from accidentally brushing against any of the charms. She jerked her chin at the mess. “You could poison them.”

“What?” Liam snapped, his eyes widening as he noticed the vile flowers. “That wasn’t there earlier. What are you trying to do you old fool?”

“Get rid of a mouse.” The man leaned back in his chair, folding his hands in front of his slight belly. It was a stance a bigger man might take to appear nonchalant and intimidating all the same time. On such a small figure, it appeared comical instead.

“You must have quite the infestation to need so much.” Mattie replied, vowing silently to never eat nor drink anything he gave her while he was in his house.

“I only have one that I’m concerned about. It’s quite a big one.”

“Maybe you should get a cat then.” Liam suggested.

“Actually, that wouldn’t be a bad idea.” He glanced at Mattie, waiting for her reaction.

And here Liam thought she would need to worry about the trio of girls they had just encountered. She didn’t know what the old man was up to, but it was clear that he was the most dangerous person in town. She forced herself to smile anyways, “I rather like cats.”

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5 thoughts on “A Dangerous Game…

  1. Emily Wrayburn says:

    Ooh, he sounds like a piece of work

    Good luck with the audio book! That’s very exciting. I was looking at my Kindle library the other day realised I have Revenants on there still unread. I am currently trying to read as many of the books I already have, so I will hopefully get to it soon.

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