This week’s snippet is from the sequel to What Angels Fear, a work in progress entitled When All’s Said and Done. The story is told from the point of view of Ky Monroe, who escaped the Institute when she was fifteen years old and eventually found her way to Matthew Thatcher, who’s got his own bone to pick with the Institute.
The story of When All’s Said and Done picks up almost precisely where What Angels Fear left off–with an expanded cast and a shift in narrator.
Folks who have read Between Fang and Claw will also notice another familiar face in this snippet below the break.
Apologies for having missed last week’s Snippet Sunday–I had intended to post something while on my flight back from Phoenix, but the Wi-Fi on my plane was sadly malfunctioning.
This week’s snippet is from What Angels Fear, the first story of The Lost Angel Chronicles.
From the outside, Andover Commonwealth looks like a normal town, but when Julia Kinsey takes over her late uncle’s shop, she discovers that the tiny Michigan community has a far darker side than she ever imagined.
Julia used to spend summers with her aunt and uncle in Andover and she’s no stranger to its more run-of-the-mill oddities, including the local preacher who’s always given her the creeps. From the moment she first sees the Reverend’s ward, Darien, her life is turned upside down as she’s driven to dig deeper into the community’s darkest secrets.
And Darien might just be the key to it all.
It’s all connected to the place outside of town, the Institute, the focus of most of the town’s activities–religious and otherwise–and Darien knows something about that place, something he can’t or won’t talk about. All Julia really knows is that she needs to get him out of town before it’s too late.
It boggles my mind how Ridley could have had no place in the original draft of this project and suddenly, he’s stepped up big-time. He’s offered me a major opportunity, however, through his relationship with Julia, to explain the Institute, what they do, how awful they really are. It also means Ky isn’t trying to sugarcoat things as much as she would if she was simply explaining matters to Reece (or foisting it off on Matthew, which was also a distinct possibility).
Ridley is amazingly protective at this stage, mostly of Julia, but also of himself. It’ll be interesting to see how he works everything out, and if he works everything out enough to be helpful to Ky in her fight. I have a feeling he will be, since that’s where it feels like it’s heading. But we’ll see. I never know when it comes to these things.
Brandon helped me through a quandry this morning regarding a later issue in the draft. It was a question of who gets rescued when. I think we’ve sorted it out. Either way, Ky’ll be gut-punched. I decided that gut-punched and functional was preferable to gut-punched and a mess, and that it would probably be better if Matthew was functional for at least a dozen chapters before I snap him in half.
Folks who have read the original draft know exactly what snaps Matthew Thatcher in half.
And now it’s off to work for me. Six hours of bleh. My father doesn’t seem to think we’ll be busy on account of the weather. I think he’s crazy. Last day for Real Women Dollars = bloody well insane at the store tonight.