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Thank you, Meredith, Kim, and Deanna!

Note: I always try to send back a note that I've received your teasers. If you send me one and don't hear back, please let me know. Stuff gets missed (by me) or occasionally disappears into a black hole never to be seen again. :)


The night was cold as Neptune, their breaths hovering around them in thick clouds. The smells of the forest were wet, the bacteria of the dirt and the leaf mold soppy. This added to the difficulty of finding the out of place scents, like blood belonging to injured Panthans or sweat from Wōden soldiers. Their boots sank into the mud making sucking noises as they walked. So stealthy. Not.

Gray’s steps picked up speed at the same time her nose picked up Erin’s strawberry scent. And then a coppery whiff of fresh blood hit her. Human. A Panthan’s blood smelled sweet, like the aroma of fruit baking. Five steps later, she caught the dreaded stench she’d feared. Pennies baked into an apple crisp. Whatever had happened had caused not only the shedding of a human’s blood, but a Panthan’s as well.


“Hey, you!” Jorge sprints up to me. “You didn’t wait.”

I turn. In his hands are two cups of steaming coffee. “For me?”

“Of course.” He hands me a cup. I take a quick sip, savoring the rich taste of beans with a hint of cacao. The cacao bean had proved to help with stabilizing the oxygen and Co2 levels in el Compuesto. Plus the added benefit had to be the taste. Nothing could go wrong with the world with a cup of cacao in your hands. The taste is the closest to ecstasy that I know.

I smile.

“You should do that more.”

“Do what?”

“Smile.” For some reason, Jorge’s words make me feel sad. No longer does the coffee taste good. None of this does. I just want to get back home.

“Espie, what’s wrong?”

Jorge’s concern touches me. I know I should care more for him. He's my chosen future mate, companion, the one I’m to spend my life with.

Everything about him is so perfect, so right. His physique is chiseled out of fine coffee colored granite. His scent of soap and sandalwood invades my senses. I know more than one girl would kill for the chance to be this close to him. Why couldn’t that someone be me?

I look down. Biting my lower lip, I can’t look at him as I fear he’ll know my true feelings if he gazes into my eyes. Still I can't help but wonder if he feels the same confusion about me.

(working title)

I didn’t want to do it. My physical therapy walk had lasted the minimum required minutes. I wanted to go home, rest, and ease the pain. But the two dogs didn’t usually act this way; something was wrong. I followed them deeper into the forest. As I reached the piled leaves they seemed so intent upon, I heard a soft groan. Leaning on my cane, I knelt and tossed aside handfuls of soggy, decaying leaves until I touched skin, a face and neck. I slowed, moving aside fewer leaves at a time with care. My heart raced as I unearthed the injured girl. I removed my windbreaker as fast as I could and draped it over her petite body. She flinched as the material covered her nakedness. In a single glance I knew what happened. But my seventy years hadn’t prepared me for the sight of the aftermath. She lay in what, if not for the dogs, would be her grave.


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Feb. 17th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)

Sorry I have been absent. All these other things got thrown in my path. I'm so bummed! But I'm trying to get back on track.
Feb. 17th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
I know you will! I think we are currently in the same boat, though you're a step ahead of me. :)
Feb. 17th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about losing things. I can't keep up with anything. :-D
Feb. 17th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, same here. I feel very disorganized for some reason.
Feb. 17th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
I've accepted about myself. lol Now if I could just get the rest of the world to accept it. ;-)
Feb. 17th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
Ooh, great teasers! They're all radically different from each other, but still awesome in their own ways. Kudos to everyone brave enough to share!
Feb. 18th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
Feb. 17th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Guess mine is in that black void. I did send you one.
Feb. 18th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
NO WAY!!!!!! I'm e-mailing you. This is NUTS!
Feb. 17th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thursday Teaser
User kbaccellia referenced to your post from Thursday Teaser saying: [...] but wonder if he feels the same confusion about me. http://onegrapeshy.livejournal.com/417788.html [...]
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