Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Book Excerpt: Brightwing by Sullivan Lee

Edgar should have known it was too good to be true.

“Did you think you could get away with lying to us?” he asked. “That we were stupid?”

“What are you talking about?” Lucy asked impatiently, thinking if she had to kill them both now, at least no one would ever find the bodies. Still, it would be tough, two on one, and those two so big, with guns and a razor.

“Far from civilization? A safe haven? No one around for miles? What are you cooking up, Lu? Trying to get us caught, or just plain turning us in? Do you really think I’d believe that all this was built miles from nowhere?”
He pulled his Glock from the duffel and stalked toward her with the weapon held at arm’s length. Mallory just watched.

On the other hand, Lucy thought, there’s something to be said for close quarters.

Quick as a heron's strike she attacked the gun directly, pushing the slide out of battery so it couldn’t fire. They stood that way for an instant, Edgar armed with his useless weapon, knowing, suddenly, Lucy had all the power. The next moment she twisted and pulled his arm and had him on the ground, the gun in her own hand. She tapped and racked it, clearing the chamber in case a round got jammed in the manhandling, and pointed it at Mallory while she knelt on his brother.

Shoot Mallory now, every fiber of her instinct urged. No, her heart said, because Edgar will never forgive me. I don’t want that.

She locked eyes with Mallory.

“This is my home, my territory. I can live out here naked, kill what I want to eat, destroy whatever threatens me. I have fangs and claws you can’t imagine.” She bared her gleaming teeth.

Mallory couldn’t look away. He ran his thumb along the dull edge of his razor and stared into eyes like the rippling black of midnight water, animal eyes.

She let Edgar up and handed him the Glock.

“I don’t need a gun to take you on,” Lucy whispered.

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 542 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Laura L. Sullivan (July 6, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English