I received some feedback after the first story, Beyond the Shadows. A reader had expected Cecelia “Celie” Moore to be more standoffish and angry about being ‘kidnapped’ by Michael Hawkins. That certainly sent me on a mental tangent.
I thought, considering things, that I had addressed that pretty well. However, it occurred to me that I could revisit that moment in the new book and re-address it, providing a cement-like finish to it. Afterall, it worked perfectly with the new plotline!
Here is a snippet from SpellCast from Darkness…
“Can you tell me how we met?”
He smiled, and proceeded to tell me how he had seen me around town in Bantum, and how I caught his eye. “It was your light,” he said warmly, smiling just for me. From there, the story grew more complicated. He regaled me with tales of manifested dreams, a sinister cult, potential kidnapping, and my demonesque father. He told me how he had decided to kidnap me before the cult did.
“The decision was easy: either you hate me, or you get kidnapped by the bad guys.”
“So you thought kidnapping was the way to go? With all the other possible options out there? Kidnapping?”
“Well, I was actually going to ask you to come with me…but you fainted at the sight of me, so… I didn’t have much choice at that point.”
“I fainted? Really?” I snorted, then blushed in embarrassment.
Michael just laughed at me. “That’s the Celie I know.”
“What happened when I woke up?”
“You tried to escape but things were locked down. Mostly you were just frustrated because you recognized me and trusted me but had no idea why. The whole situation really went against the grain for you. You’re not really a ‘damsel in distress’ kind of girl.”
“Damn right. I hate girls who wait for a rescue. I mean, figure it out your damn self, right?”
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