Fave lines from short story HAINT, which will come out as an e-book compilation in September.
Opening lines: I watched Jane as she crawled across the floor of the old house on all fours. Most adults looked foolish or ungainly when crawling, but Jane was curiously graceful, her arms lifting and moving forward with feline balance, her legs raising and lowering, toes pointed like a dancer, even in her western boots. She moved silently in the hot, sweaty room, easily avoiding the bird and mouse droppings, the holes in the old linoleum, and avoiding the signs of recent reconstruction—the broken plaster walls, large holes in the floor, and the shattered remains of the toilet, tub, and kitchen sink in the corner.
Page 12 fave lines:
“Absolutely.” I turned in his arms and wrapped mine around him. They didn’t quite reach around his shoulders, but the fit was perfect around his chest and I clasped my hands together in the middle of his back. “I think you need to remind me that I have the perfect man at home and shouldn’t be playing the field anymore.”
“Is Angie in her room?” His voice turned up hopefully on the end.
I buried my face in the crook of his shoulder. “Napping very deeply. She’s making those little puffs of breath that she does when we just can’t wake her.”
“There is a God.” Big Evan picked me up and carried me to the bathroom instead of the bed, which worked out quite well to remove the construction dust from him and the stink of vamp and unfamiliar magics off of me.
Today’s fave lines:
Satisfied, I nodded to Evan. From the bag he had carried, he lifted a silver bell with no clapper and the silver mallet used to ring it. He also brought out a Bible, his father’s old, leather-bound Bible, the book Old Man Trueblood had been holding when he was accepted into the church and baptized, when he married, when each of his children were born, and when he died. I wasn’t much of a religious person—nowhere near as spiritual as Jane—but even I knew this book had power.
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