Dominic @ Writes of Passage is graciously hosting the No fear Blogfest today.
Have I ever told you all how much I love blogfests? I really really LOVE them!
Anywho- The rules:
"Post a passage in which your MC (or your favourite fictional character) shows their bravery. It might be in the face of physical danger, or peer pressure or personal sacrifice. It might be epic bravery or bravery that goes unnoticed by anyone but us, your devoted readers."
Here is my entry from my WIP Beyond Words: brief descript, Shray and Luke have just traveled through a dictionary back to Shray's world were Jeffrey is waiting oh so impatiently...
“I'll go. I've been wanting to for a long time,” Luke replied. He sat beside her on the couch, brushing his arm against hers. Shray opened the dictionary attempting to concentrate on the pages as her skin seemed to come alive at the small touch. She grabbed Luke's hand before she lost the courage and found the word home. She ran her fingertips lightly over it and blinked. She found herself sitting in the middle of her living room, no couch. It was dark. She could here a slow breath come out, but it didn't belong to her. She looked around for Luke but couldn't see him.
“Finally...” a voice said drawing out the word.
Shray's heart stopped with that one word. She was not alone and it wasn't Luke's voice. Her blood iced over and her eyes frantically searched the room until she spotted movement on her right. Jeffrey sat at the computer. Shray didn't move a single muscle, she was frozen in place. Fear overwhelmed her body.
“I have been waiting so long for this moment.” Jeffrey's voice was laced with menace. Every word crawled over her skin promising cruelty. Shray didn't blink. She refused to take her eyes from him for even a second.
“I got out a few months ago. The first place I came was here. To my surprise there was no Shray. Did you think you could hide from me? What have you been up to my little whore?” His anger took over the whole room. Every single small breath Shray managed was laced with his cruel intentions and memories. Her mouth refused to open in answer. She was damned either way. Shray knew he wouldn't believe her, the words would come out and it would be nothing to him. Jeffrey would be livid if she didn't say exactly the right thing.
“Shray, I'm waiting for an answer,” Jeffrey snarled and brought himself right up to her face in one swift movement. Shray flinched, closing her eyes and instantly regret it. He wanted her fear, craved it. Every part of her wished this was a horrible nightmare. Tears stung at the corner of her eyes. She clutched the book finding a small form of comfort. She felt the change in the air and awaited the blow she knew would precede her actions.
She didn't have long to wait before his fist collided brutally with her left cheek. White hot pain burst from his welcoming and flooded her eye and jaw.
“I expect an answer,” Jeffrey said.
“I had...” tears sprang down her cheeks as she attempted words. Her whole body shook.
“You had what my dear?”
“Errands.” That was all she could muster as she chocked down her sobs and attempted to breath. She knew he enjoyed seeing her this way. She was below him, a mere woman.
“I see. What's this?” Jeffrey grabbed the book from Shray's hands and her eyes flew open. Pain rushed into her left eye and she felt the pressure of her swelling face.
“Williams dictionary. Wonderful darling. I knew I'd get it eventually. You see, it's the only reason I pretended to be with you for so long. I had to wait around for that piss-ant to die. My grandfather gave him this book. I may not posses his powers, but when I'm done with his greatest treasure it will all be mine.”
Shray stared at him. His grandfather gave William the book? He knew about it? Jeffrey’s eyes locked with hers.
“Don't you dare look at me that way! You kept this from me on purpose, you whore!” Jeffrey’s foot came up faster than Shray could react and collided with her chin. Blinding pain shot out all over her face. She felt her body fall back, her head met the wall. Then nothing, empty black space.