Tuesday, December 27, 2005

"The Arrangement" Excerpt

This is the other short story that will be in the LOVE Anthology available January 1, 2006 from www.whiskeycreekpress.com


“Help me,” the voice whispered.
Brendan Wardlow paused in his writing to look up. The park was nearly empty. The children had long since gone home. Dusk was approaching. He shook his head and wrote it off to his fertile imagination. His pen scratched the across the paper at a rapid rate.
“Help me.”
His head snapped up. The voice. Soft. Whisper thin. He stood up and walked a few steps.
“Help me.”
Stronger this time and with a definite direction. Brendan tucked his notebook under his arm and strode towards the bushes at the south end of the park. He walked around the backside of the shrub and stopped cold.
She was a vision. Ethereal. She lay, lifeless, on the hard dirt. Her cerulean, gossamer gown was torn and filthy. Her complexion was waxen. Her eyes were closed, and her breathing shallow.
Brendan bent down to her and lightly stroked her cheek. Her eyes flickered open and regarded him solemnly. His head snapped back. My God! Who was she? How did she get here? He was afraid to move her. She might be seriously hurt.
“Can you hear me?” he asked quietly.
Her eyes, the same color as her gown, watched his face. She nodded slightly.
“Did you ask for my help?” Again, a slight nod.
Brendan stood up and whipped out his cell phone. He was going to call an ambulance first. Then he would contact her next of kin. Her silvery voice stopped him.
“I do not need a hospital, Brendan Wardlow.”
The phone dropped from his fingers.
He bent down low and studied her. “How do you know who I am?”
“I am sent for you.”
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copyright 2005 Crystal Inman

4 comments:

B said...

You know, I'm not typically a romance novel enthusiast, (I found you through Dawnyal rather than through your work) but I gotta say, I really like your style! Both of these excerpts left me wanting to find out more. So, kudos to you my friend, your talent is evident!

Beverly

chryscat said...

Bev: That is a HUGE compliment. Thank you so much! I realize that the genre isn't for everybody, but I SO love verbal wordplay between two people.
I'll be hugging this compliment to myself for the rest of the day.
Grins*

Tori Lennox said...

Oooo, I really like this!!!

chryscat said...

(((TORI)))
Thank you! I'm so glad!
Grins*