I meant to post this yesterday, but thoroughly got carried away with writing my WIP, so that’s as good an excuse as any! As we’re getting close to Halloween, I thought I’d choose a snippet from A Tricky Situation, last year’s Halloween story written for JMS Books’ Trick or Treat submission call.
Authors who take part in Rainbow Snippets each weekend are encouraged to post a few lines from one of their stories on their blog and then link back to the group post on Facebook. I always enjoy joining in with Rainbow Snippets, especially to read and comment on everyone else’s choice of snippet.
The story ties in with this year’s Trick or Treat story, A Trick of the Light. They are both set in the same city of Bristol, England (plus a street in the same area and even the same house!) and share a character, Kit Holloway, who appears as a young man in the 18th-century setting of A Tricky Situation and as a ghost in the 1950s in A Trick of the Light!
In this snippet taken from the start of the story, Kit is on a drunken night out near the docks with his high-spending, fast-living aristocratic friends who his father encourages him to mix with when he gets mugged by a gang of ruffians. He manages to escape and while fleeing, he hides in a narrow alleyway as they give chase…
While engrossed in his earnest prayer to repent from a life heading to debauchery, the shock of a hand closing on his wrist nearly made him cry out. Its pair was placed firmly across his mouth. Is this another trick? In his terrified state of mind, he convinced himself the unseen figure lurking in the shadows of the lane was a demon ready to drag him down to the depths.
Instead of the prick of a pitchfork, he heard a whisper. “Don’t make a sound.”