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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tuesday Teaser - Bettina post #2

It's been a while since I teased from this WIP, and I'm sure that any who read it then have forgotten what it was about. So in his past life, the MC Erik, was a gangster from the thirties and forties, and now he has to fight the inherent darkness inside him or risk losing the girl he loves. Chapter 1 is here. To update you, Erik has just thwarted two truck drivers from robbing the cafe where he hangs out, right before he decides to take a little from the drawer himself. Enjoy!

“What are you doing?”

I look up to see Jessica Hughes staring at my hand, perched as it is on a stack of five-dollar bills. I know this feeling. The dread, the sweat-inciting anxiety -- the panic. My hand twitches and shifts behind my back, searching for...but there’s nothing there to find. I feel a little foolish and bring my arm back to my side.

Jessica stares, eyes wide, innocent and gullible.

“I was um...fixing the cash register,” I say. “It gets jammed. Won’t close properly.”

She raises her eyebrow. Innocent? Yes. Gullible? I wish.

I take the drawer out completely and set it on the counter. Next, I look around for something to transform into a makeshift tool. Seeing little to aid my impromptu gig as Mr. Fix-it, I grab the pie spatula next to the dessert wheel. I slide it in the empty slot and pretend to poke around for whatever is blocking the drawer. Meanwhile, Jessica crosses her arms over her chest.

“Find anything?” she asks.

She’s laughing at me. I find this both infuriating and enchanting. She’s right to conclude that I’m up to no good. My reputation precedes me. And yet it doesn’t seem to convince her to stay away. For here she is, ten minutes before classes are over in the place where I always hang out. This game we’re playing - it has to stop. Flashback to English, second period. She looks, I look. She smiles, I smile. She bends her head down and pretends to be reading her assignment, I continue to gawk and catch hell for not paying attention in class. Cutesy stuff. Child’s play, and I don’t know why I do it. I’d like to blame these raging hormones everyone keeps talking about, but I don’t buy that. On a normal day, I’ve seen old men with less control than I. But Jessica is anything but normal. She often reduces me to a babbling idiot. Part of me wishes she would have come in just one minute later and then it would be over. Then she’d know exactly who I am, and she could go on with her life and I with mine. But she didn’t come in one minute later, and now I find myself cursing those dimwitted truck drivers for making the set up too easy.


Karla Nellenbach said...

This is good...I just love books with male MC's. They're too few and far between. Rock on with this one!

Ellen said...

Great male POV, and I always love a slightly bad boy ;) Nice voice here, I like it!

LizPage said...

I just love the voice!! I adore male MC's. Awesome work.
She looks, I look. She smiles, I smile -- love that bit!

Jen said...

I love the voice. I'm in awe of those who are able to write in the male POV, I am not good at it, I end up sounding really girly!!

It's nice meeting new writers, hi!! *waves* I love your teaser for the day and I look forward to reading more of your posts!

Feel free to stop by my blog and say hello :)

Lia Victoria said...

Awww. I love that this ex-gangster can be so bumbly and sweet. This is a great teaser :]

Joann Swanson said...

I already proclaimed my love of this piece over on AW, but I shall say it again. AWESOME!! You are so good!

juli said...

The premise of your story is SUPER intriguing. I'm getting a sense of your MC's layers just from reading this snip, and I love how he's attracted to the girl who's calling him on his shit. The entire last paragraph was fantastic. :)

Angelica R. Jackson said...

Would definitely keep reading, to see how he gets out of this and whether it changes their relationship.

mellymel said...


But you already know that :-)

Noelle said...

"Innocent? Yes. Gullible? I wish."

Love that line!

Your MC is hilarious and the situation you had him in really captured his personality in both a humorous and serious, thought provoking way.

Good job!

bethany said...

oh, I love this, I want to read more!

Angie said...

Thanks for the comments guys. I'll try to post more of this next week - time allowing of course. :)

Karla Calalang said...

Ooooh this one is really good! I love it! :D

(Sorry for the late reply)

Glen Akin said...

Innocent? Yes. Gullible? I wish. Awesome teaser? You bet!

Love your MC's voice. Love the game Jessica's playing with him lol

Bri said...

Dude, what a cool concept. Love the voice, and loved the entire teaser :D

Anonymous said...

Read this first on AW and still love it.



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