Last week, I shared the very first snippet from my new WIP, Nightfire, and the response has been great (you can read it here). The next couple weeks, I am going to share snippets from the inciting incident of the story, in succession. Hope you enjoy 🙂
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While Kera and her mother are out searching for a new den to call home for the winter, they encounter a band of hunters (human soldiers who protect the safehouses) which is being attacked by Shadows. Though she has been raised to believe humans are incredibly dangerous, the Shadow is about to kill a girl, and against her instincts, Kera rushes to help. She kills the Shadow, frees the girl, and feels accomplished–then she is grabbed by a Shadow herself:
I feel its breath on the back of my neck, and I cringe as the first wisps of nightfire grope at something inside me. I hear Mother somewhere, miles away, screaming–screaming my name.
The Shadow finds what it’s looking for, and my body erupts into fire.
I’m not aware of anything but an overwhelming, consuming agony–tearing through my flesh, eating at my soul.
I have the horrible sensation of being split in two.
I am going to die, in the worst way imaginable–I feel myself stretched to a breaking point, waiting for the moment when I tear.
Something breaks inside, and my mind is flooded. Fractured images and emotions crash over me. My eyes fly wide open, staring at something only I can see. They whir past, too swift to comprehend, broken fragments of memories and scenes and feelings I can’t begin to decipher.
There you have it! There are least two more snippets in this scene, so I hope you stop by over the next couple weeks to find out what happens next 🙂 Thanks for reading, and happy 8sunday!
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