Winter Rain, part 3

He turns his smile back to me, but all I see are teeth. It’s what I’m meant to see. With him, I don’t understand how people could see anything else.

“One of these days,” he says, leaning in, “your brother’s going to decide you’re more trouble than you’re worth. When that day comes, I want you to promise me something.”

“Yeah?” I reply, and smirk. “What’s that?”

“Just this: Run.”

There was a time I found him terrifying. Okay, who am I kidding? I still do. But even a real threat loses its edge with overuse.

And it never pays to look afraid.

“Whatever,” I reply, laughing. Then, as derisively as I can manage: “I assume you didn’t come here just to spout your impotent little threats at me, so what do you want?”

His eyes blaze at the word “impotent”, and I mark down a point for me. But I know that he’s keeping score, too.

“Get up,” he spits as he pushes up and out of his chair. His smile has vanished. “We’re leaving.”

For a second I wonder if maybe I’ve pushed him too far; but no . . . as much as he wants to rip my throat out, he fears Faolan ten times more. He’ll bide his time. He knows he won’t have to wait forever. He’s right: Faolan and I are oil and water, and it’s only a matter of time before he gives up on me.

I get up and Cormac follows me out. Predator after prey. As it should be.

6 Responses to “Winter Rain, part 3”

  1. Drew Daniels says:

    Huzzah! We has names now!

  2. srsuleski says:

    You know, after I went to bed last night, (er, this morning) I started to wonder about the name of the narrator and the woman from the first part.  It didn’t matter to me at all until we got Faolan and Cormac’s names, but all of sudden I’m going, “Ooooh can’t wait to find out the other names!”

    Not to pressure you or anything. :D

  3. Oh dear.

    Well, I think I’ve decided the woman from the first part will be making another appearance.  I didn’t initially think she would, but as the plot develops in my mind, it’s seeming like she might have more importance than I’d initially thought.  As a result, you’ll be happy to know, I’ll probably have to give her a name.

    Now I just have to decide on one for the narrator by tonight.  Oh, and a title for the bloody story.  :-|

    It was so much easier when I just didn’t bother.  :-P

  4. Sandra Fowke says:

    Still here and still hooked and now we have names lol yay.  Have you ever considered turning this into a book?  I bet you’ve been asked that Question a hundred time – sorry :)

  5. Hi Sandra, well, you are determined to cheer me up tonight, eh?  How am I supposed to write Winter Rain 68 if I’m happy?  :-P

    In answer to your question, you are actually the first to ask.  Maybe when it’s done, I’ll see if I can do something with it, but I’m not really convinced it will work on paper.  Each part is written with an ending (usually a cliffhanger), and it doesn’t read quite the same without the “turn the page” effect.  That, and I’m not convinced anybody would buy a copy.  ;-)

    Thanks again for commenting!

  6. Daniel Bensen says:

    What happened to the woman?

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