Sunday, December 16, 2012

#sixsunday Before The Morning #33: The moment our hero crumbles into the heroine's palm...

Hey peeps!

Slow, lazy, sleepy Sunday morning here - it's actually quite cool with no sun and some drizzling rain on the whole island. So much for beach outings and all that summer hoopla this weekend.

Still, it means this is time to be spent indoors, in pyjamas and comfy slippers, and why not with a good read? And speaking of good reads, why not do some hopping for excerpts of Six Sentence Sunday?

I'm still with Rayne and Ash from Before The Morning (Corpus Brides: Book 2). There's something about these two - my most complex, twisted, and intriguing characters/couple to date - that makes me reluctant to let them go. So much I want to show ye all about the romance between them...

Speaking of romance, where are they at right now? Remember, they got hitched (with Ash not remembering a thing!) in Vegas. Right when he's come to grips with this idea, and decided to give Rayne a chance as his wife, real life has butted in, in the form of a call from Rayne's mother (last week's six).

Ash suddenly realises Rayne has lied to him, because her parents have no clue she has returned home, when she expressly told him she had called them.

If there's one thing Ash cannot tolerate, it's lies. Rayne wants to slither away from a confrontation, but he will not let her off the hook. He's caught up with her near the terrace door, and a fight has escalated. The only thing Rayne has 'managed' to say is that she is sorry...


'...
"Is that all you're bloody going to say all the time?"
He looked into her eyes and saw fear and apprehension—God, he was behaving like an arse, like his father, and too many times, he'd seen that haunted look in his mother's gaze when his father was home, between Geoffrey Gilfoy’s tours of duty with the RAF.
Ash balled his hands—the anger, and the fight, drained out of him at the realization that he was taking the path he'd sworn never to take . . . yet, he'd also sworn never to get married, and look where he was, one-hundred-percent hitched and to a complex puzzle, to boot.
He heard a small hiccup, and the rest of whatever volatile emotion that turned his blood hot evaporated; he couldn't make her cry, and he didn't know which was worse—terrorizing her or making her heart hurt.
"Baby, I'm sorry," he said as he reached out to pull her to him for a hug, and thought he saw her flinch under his touch. He made sure to keep his hands gentle and light on the delicate, rounded curve of her shoulders, and added, "I'm sorry."
...'


Boy, does she know how to play him right or what? Because, yes - manipulative Rayne is not showing her cards, but she is twisting him around her little finger, exactly as she would a target...

How far will this girl go? How long can she remain unscathed? Will Ash ever wake up to her mind games? And what of love between them...?

Don't forget to check the amazing peeps on the official SSS list, among them - Jessica E. Subject, Tonya Burrows, Jess Schira, Angela Quarles, Kate Warren, Lorraine Paton, & Sue Ann Bowling.

Hope ye're all enjoying a lovely Sunday with your loved ones...

From Mauritius with love,

Zee

16 comments:

J.M. Blackman said...

I'm not sure why she's playing him like this, burt I hope she's got a lot of space in between them when he figures out that she is. Because he's being very considerate of a woman who is playing him like a fool :( Great snippet, Zee.

Jessica Subject said...

Oh, poor Ash that he carries the weight of his father. Great six! :)

Linda said...

The holidays this year are not so happy for my as I lost my father four weeks ago. I am very depressed and cry all the time.

angelaquarles.com said...

Wow, great 6, the guilt of his backstory coming into play here.

Sue Ann Bowling said...

Wonder how long it's going to take him to figure things out?
On the cool side of 40 below here.

Jess Schira said...

Interesting blend of guilt and manipulation. I'm very interested to see how this plays out. Great six!

Kate Warren said...

It's interesting that he's upset with her for having nothing to say but "I'm sorry" and then suddenly it's all he can say.

Very nicely done, Zee.

Zee Monodee said...

JM, that's the tragedy of their story - she doesn't trust normal life to keep him with her, and feels she needs to resort to manipulation. Sadly, that's the skewed assassin in her acting out...

Zee Monodee said...

Jessica, 'sins of the father' never hit home more than here and now :)

Zee Monodee said...

So sorry to hear about your loss, Linda *big hugs*

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Angela! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Sue Ann, the clock is definitely ticking... Low side of 40? Gosh, you must be cold!

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Jess! It's a twisted game, in fact... :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Kate. That is sooo true! :)

C.C. Williams said...

A twisty, turny 6,Zee!

patonlorraine said...

Oh! They both have so much to overcome! I hope they start healing soon.

And, thank you so much for the mention, Zee!

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