On Twitter, I’ve been taking part in my first-ever fiction prompt during the month of January. As promised, I’m back with today’s prompt.
Day 22: Saturday Snippet — Meet Peter
Featuring Stronger Than Blood, coming February 20th
Have you ever wanted to meet a ghost?
Less than a yard in front of me was a little boy unlike any I ever saw before. And since it wasn’t the first time I encountered one — New Orleans was known for attracting them — I knew from his filmy visage that he was a ghost. But it was his appearance that made my heart break for him.
Though he was Asian, I couldn’t pinpoint the nationality. His blue-black hair was long enough to tumble across his forehead and his eyes were faded as a result of his death. The poor boy’s left cheek was shredded like something chewed at it, but I didn’t see any other injuries to tell me how he died.
With a small smile, he said, “I’m Peter.” Even though I heard the words, his mouth didn’t move. It was unsettling, but not enough to fear him.
I let go of Liam’s arm and kneeled in front of the little boy, smiling. “My goodness, aren’t you a looker, too?”
While his mouth stayed still, he giggled, and said, “Only if you look at my good side.” For emphasis, he obscured his ruined cheek from my view.
“Well now,” I began, speaking low, “that just makes you half as handsome.”
Turning his face back to me, a small smile faded. “Thank you, Marcy.”
I knew my words struck him. That was okay. “And, the little boy I met earlier?”
Except for another smile, he didn’t move as he said, “I give him life.”
“And he gives you a body?”
He nodded, “Exactly.”
© Sarah Doughty
Stronger Than Blood is the latest installment of the Earthen Witch universe, following Marcy and Liam’s journey.
Until next time,