Hello and welcome to another Weekend Writing Warriors post!
Thank you to all those who visited last weekend! This weekend, I'm sharing another snippet from the fifth book in my Shifter Towers series, DEMON ON JACKSON STREET. After next weekend, I'm going to switch to a new story. Like all the other books in this series, it is an MM (gay) paranormal romance.
Set-up: Last weekend, I shared Jet's inner conflict. Though, he didn't realize what what happening.
In this weekend's snippet, I'm skipping ahead a couple chapters. Toby's grandmother ended up in the hospital, and Toby has withdrawn even more. Jet manages to track him down and tries to talk to him. (This is in Jet's point of view, and Jet speaks first.)
“You work so you can afford to take care of your grandmother, and when you’re not working, you’re at home taking care of her. When was the last time you had any fun away from home? When was the last time you did something for yourself?”
He took another step back. Was he finally realizing who I was? “I do what I need to do. She took care of me, so now I take care of her. We all have to make sacrifices at some point in our lives.”
“But what if you didn’t have to make those sacrifices?” I needed to show him that there was an alternative.
**That's ten. Here's more of the scene for your reading pleasure.**
I needed him to yearn for a better life. “What if your grandmother was better? To the point she could get up and walk, that you could go places together? What if you lived in a neighborhood where you didn’t have alphas harassing you and stealing your food? What if you worked at a job where you were paid better and respected by your co-workers?”
“This isn’t a world where any of that is possible.” His voice was louder, firmer, as he stared past me, his features like stone. “To get any of those possibilities, I’d have to sacrifice something else. And it wouldn’t make me any happier. This is the life I’ve been dealt. This is my fate. Nothing can change it. Not even you,” he spat out. “So, just leave me alone.”
I stood there, stunned, for a moment. There was so much conviction in his words. He truly believed his life would always be like this. And I refused to make it any crueler to get him to change his mind. Perhaps another demon would, but I refused to work like that. I had my own standards as to what I would do to obtain a soul, and making someone suffer any more than he already was to get it was a line I refused to cross.
DEMON ON JACKSON STREET
Shifter Towers book five
Once upon a time there was a demon who was the best at convincing people to sell their souls. That was me. Is me. And now I have a new assignment, one Father told me would be difficult. I didn’t know what “difficult” meant until I met the young man, someone who has barely anything. Collecting his soul should be easy, right? There are so many things I can give him. Except, he doesn’t believe he deserves a better life. I have to find something he desires before the assignment is given to my brother. Because Crow uses the most villainous means to obtain souls. Lines I don’t cross. And I don’t want to see Toby hurt. There has to be another way.
I’m not like them. I can’t shift into a predator to defend myself, or even into a small rodent to run and hide. The wolf shifters know that every time they rough me up and steal my food. I always wish for a guardian angel to protect me from them. Then one day Jet appears, looking nothing like the angel I’d imagined. But I don’t know if I should trust him. He makes me feel things no other alpha ever has. Dangerous things. Not good when I have to stay focused on my grandmother. I don’t know how much longer I’ll have her around.
ALSO AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK!
The first book in the series,
BUNNY OMEGA ON THE RUN
is available in digital and print:
The second book in the series,
MINK OMEGA IN HIDING
is available in digital and print:
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