Here’s 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
On Twitter, I’ve been taking part in my first-ever fiction prompt during the month of January. I’m sharing them here as well.
Stronger Than Blood is the latest installment of the Earthen Witch universe, following Marcy and Liam’s journey.
Until next time,
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