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This is my thirteenth week on this blog hop. This week’s piece comes from my current romance WIP, Resistant. Resistant is a romance set in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.
So on to the excerpt. In this scene, I’ve moved ahead in time a bit again. Here we see that others, even Sahara’s best friend, have noticed the change in Sahara and Daniel’s relationship. I put Daniel and Sahara's name in parentheses to help you discern who is speaking in the beginning of the scene.
“That wasn’t what I meant.” (Daniel)
“What did you mean?”(Sahara)
“I meant that I didn’t want you going without…” He didn’t get to finish his sentence because at that moment the gates began to slide open. I took off back to the front entrance to meet them at the door. Daniel followed on my heels. The last of the vehicles were pulling into their respective spots when we reached them. Charles got out, rushed to me, and scooped me up in a bear hug.
“How are doing?” he asked, setting me back on my feet.
“I’ve been better,” I said.
He turned my face, examining my fading bruises, then turned to Daniel, his eyes repeating the question.
“She is doing better. Having nightmares,” he said around clinched teeth. At first I thought his tone was because of what happened, but when I turned to look at him, I saw that his eyes were locked on Charles’ arm, which was still around my shoulder. He looked angry and a bit jealous of the way Charles was holding me. Even though I knew Daniel didn’t want me, I didn’t want him thinking that I was interested in Charles that way; therefore, I pulled away from Charles as innocently as I could and asked how Stacey was doing. Charles didn’t seem to notice.
“Physically better. Mentally not so much. I know it has only been a few days, but I honestly don’t know if she is going to recover from this. And I’d advise you to stay away from her. She blames you. I think she knows that what happened to her isn’t your fault, but she needs someone to blame, to be mad at, and since Marcus is dead, you are the easiest target.”
“What about everyone else? Do they blame me as well?”
“Oh, no sweetie. We’ve told everyone who was with us the story, and they will talk to those who are here, which I’m sure you’ve already done.” He directed that last statement to Daniel.
Daniel nodded. “I have.”
“They should back up your story then.”
“And even if they don’t, I won’t let anyone say or do anything to you,” Daniel said, putting his arm around me and pulling me toward him. I couldn’t help it, I leaned into him and let him hold me for a second.
“Well, I have reports to make. I’ll catch up with you two later,” Charles said, getting Daniel’s subtle hint to leave us.
“When you’re ready, we need to make a run. Supplies are low,” I said.
He looked from me to Daniel and back again. I saw a range of emotions and thoughts pass over his face before he nodded. “If you are up to it.”
“Daniel?” Charles asked.
The fact that he thought he had to ask Daniel both warmed my heart and pissed me off. I both wanted people to think we were together because I wanted him, but I also wanted them to know we weren’t together so he wouldn’t feel obligated to take care of me. Also, the independent woman side of me scowled at their audacity. I could take care of myself, and I could make my own decisions.
Before I could say anything though, Daniel nodded and said, “I think she will be all right if you go with her.”
I just walked off, muttering the word, “Assholes,” under by breath as I went back into the building.
I hoped you enjoyed that.
Don’t forget that HIM, my suspense/thriller, is now on sale. The novel has already received some amazing reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Most of the reviews forewarn people that this novel is graphic and is not for those who love beautiful Hollywood endings. So far, all have given it four and five stars, despite the content because of how moving and powerful the story is.
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