Spring break has begun! I still have to work, but a week off from classes will be nice – it’ll give me time to catch up on homework and writing. One of my current projects is plotting out the sequel to my debut novel, The Lone Wolf, which I’m excerpting this month.
After her husband’s infidelities are revealed, Kasey Sanford just wants to rediscover who she is. After an abusive childhood and years as a career soldier, Andrew Adams just wants someone to tell him that he’s doing the right thing with his life. When their paths cross, Kasey and Andrew embark on a tumultuous journey that demonstrates just what they’re willing to do to save the ones they love.
In this scene, Kasey and her six-year-old daughter end up staying at Andrew’s apartment. He’s on the couch, while they take his bed. Kasey has just been awakened in the middle of the night by a noise coming from the living room and is going to investigate.
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The sound came from a large, dark shape on the couch.
“Andrew?” I whispered, cautiously approaching him.
He lay on his side, facing me, eyes tightly closed, body tensed as he moaned, whimpered,
and shook his head.
I crouched down next to his head and gazed at his troubled features, fascinated by his
vulnerability, wondering what could disturb this man’s sleep so deeply, then without hesitation,
seemingly involuntarily, I lightly stroked his cheek, felt the sandpapered texture of a day’s
worth of stubble. As my fingers touched his skin, he sighed softly but didn’t wake. I left my
hand resting gently on his face, and the tension melted from his body, his features calming,
becoming more relaxed. It crossed my mind that I wouldn’t be able to explain this if he woke,
but I pushed the thought away.
Once he was breathing slowly and rhythmically, once I was certain the dream had passed, I
leaned forward and lightly kissed his sleeping lips, then stood and returned to bed.
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Beautiful writing, ED You captured me from the first sentence.
I liked the feel of this excerpt, could certainly envision the scene. It raises good questions too, as far as is he dreaming about so intensely? Great snippet!
Wonderful snippet. I agree with Victoria, your writing is like a film in my head. Great 8.
You created a such a strong feeling of intensity and gentleness in such a short snippet. Thank you for sharing.
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