I've finally succumbed to peer pressure! Apparently, Tuesdays are for teasers. All my other writer friends are doing it, so I might as well join the bandwagon. For anyone who isn't aware, these will be little excerpts from my writing. The one below is from my completed manuscript (that I've been tweaking). This piece is new, something I added after my epiphany for revisions. Enjoy!
Random question of the week: How is it when I drive, I never see an animal crossing the road, but I always see dead corpses like possums, skunks and armadillo's. How'd they get there if I never see them?!
Random tidbit: I'm hoping to interview author Candace Haven's for a late April blog.
And without further ado:
Kaden’s body froze. The power of the Darkness surged through her and she let it go with one long exhale. A twinge of guilt flitted through her. It confused her, she rarely experienced guilt. Stronger than that, however, was the anger and confusion at why he’d tried attacking her in the first place.
“You should’ve known better. I’m a mage!” Not that he could reply back, being paralyzed and all. She glared at the tip of his sword inches from penetrating her wounded shoulder.
Why? Why heal her then try to kill her? It didn’t make any sense. She’d made a poor choice in spells, with him like this he couldn’t answer the question. Lusa glared at Kaden, fighting the unnatural impulse the Dark Magics fed her. Kill him. The words echoed in her ears a hundred times, sure to drive her mad the longer she resisted them. She had to release them in some manner or else she would go insane.
With a popping sound, Kaden’s sword pulled out of his grip and flew to Lusa. She snatched it midair and waited for her paralyzing spell to fade. Her glowering hadn’t faltered during the minutes that passed.
A few tilyungarians had glanced down the alley but did good to keep to their business. In the mood she was in, it wouldn’t take much to make one of those lizard-men zap to dust. Kaden’s fingers began to twitch and Lusa straightened.
“You’re going to tell me everything, unless you want to end up the receiving end of a fire ball.”
The smirk he offered agitated her more and she growled her question. “Why? Why offer to help me and then do this?”
“Bounty hunter, ‘member?” He jabbed a thumb at his chest and it surprised Lusa she didn’t have to do much more to get answers from him.
His reply made her feel a bit on the foolish side and with a wave of her hand and a quick spell, his sword hung in the air, blade at his neck.
“Woah, woah.” He held up his arms. “Can’t get answers from a corpse, mage.”
If there was a spell for that, she wished she knew it. Lusa stood fisted, glaring up at him through her lashes. “Tell me everything.”
“Ain’t much to tell. Bounty out for mages. Nothin’ personal, see?”
The words were a blow to her chest. If he was lying, he was good. “Why?”