Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Snippet: Call to Come Home

March 30, 2014

Whew. How great did Arrow's episode seventeen turn out? Birds of Prey surpassed my expectations and blew my mind. Always love it when shows do that to me. J

Walking Dead also delivered a solid episode. I'm so ready for the finale tonight and crossing my fingers the group will all be together by the end of the episode… even though Terminus can't be a the refuge it's touted as being. Too easy, right? LOL

Bitten has one more episode and I'm dying to know if the show will be renewed. Still reading the books and there's a lot the producers can mine from the various storylines. I'll cross my fingers and hope for a green light on season two in the near future.

Tonight's post is from Call to Come Home, a novella where my characters are reunited after a planetary invasion, but have to separate again.

Here's the tagline:

Hollace is on a mission in enemy territory to retrieve power cells to keep their temporary base station running. She bumps into a man she shares a past with, the presumed dead son of her commanding officer. When Verge refuses to leave with her, ignoring the call to come home, she takes matters into her own hands to reunite father and son… and to pick up where she and Verge left off.

And a sneaky peek…

Hollace wrapped her arms around Verge's waist. "Return with me." She laid her head on his shoulder.
Verge angled her chin up "You don't have the space to bring the one hundred plus people I have back at the abbey." He brushed his lips over hers. "I won't leave them."
Hollace pushed. "We'll come back for everyone. Mount a full recovery op."
Verge stiffened and eased away. "I won't abandon my group. I got them this far, I'll see them all the way… or die keeping them safe."
Less than thrilled, Hollace called him on the idea. "You've been damned lucky so far, Verge. That luck won't hold forever." She gathered her fortitude and waited for his response.
He shrugged. "I'll take my chances." He turned and straightened the rumpled sheets.
Disappointed and pissed, Hollace lashed out. "You're an ass, Verge. You'd really do anything to avoid seeing your old man again, wouldn't you?" She stalked across the room and started throwing her gear into her rucksack.
Verge came up behind her, grasping her shoulders. "Not really, but if it makes you feel better, believe what you want." He dropped a kiss on top of her head. "We can make a go of it here. We shouldn't have to give up our home."
Hollace leaned into his embrace. "I wish you were right, Verge, I truly do. But the decimation is too complete. Our home is slowly dying." She turned, facing him. "You know that, don't you?"
His internal debate played over his face. "I'm still not leaving. We could find more survivors." He cupped her face. "So, go. Do what you have to do to find a new home for everyone else. Don't worry about us."
Hollace leaned in close. "I'm coming back. Count on it." She caught his mouth with hers for a quick, hard kiss.
Verge gave her a half-smile. "I know you believe that and I'll be here if you do." He eased away, taking a step back.
Hollace grabbed hold of his waistband, stopping his progress. "When I do." She let go. "And you'd better be here. Or I'll find you in the afterlife and kick your ass."

Hollace is just stubborn enough to track Verge down in the afterlife and make good on her word. LOL And of course, it won't be as easy as she wants it to be either. Where's the fun in that?

That's it for this week. Catch everyone on the flip.

ML Skye


  1. Very interesting conversation between them, so much going on, not only personally for them, but for their world. Great excerpt!

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed. :)