Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Snippet: My Best Friend is a Cyborg

Ugh. I've hit the nasty cold wall and did not bounce back. Bleh. I can happily say it's the first really icky cold I've had this winter.

Anyway, on to fun stuff. The third episode of Bitten rocked. I'm looking forward to seeing how different the elements play out from the books. So far, I love the changes. The Flash and Arrow each turned in solid episodes. Have to wait until mid-March for a new episode of The Flash, which is probably a good thing. I'm probably in the minority, but I actually want a lot less Iris. She's not my favorite character.

Tonight's post is from My Best Friend is a Cyborg, a fun little novella where a long standing friendship is tested and a new relationship almost bites the dust.

Here's the tagline:

Ibby Stoke finds out her best friend is a dreaded and reviled cyborg and it sends her into a tailspin, making her wonder if the man she loves is a mecha-human. Phil McNulty is everything she's ever wanted, but if he's not all man, Ibby isn't sure she can deal with the reality.

And a sneaky peek…

Ibby snarled. "Why aren't you fighting? Using your super-strength to put me down?" Her grip tightened around Arthur's throat.
He put his hand over hers and gently squeezed. "Because you're my best friend." His words were garbled due to lack of oxygen.
Ibby didn't relent. "I’m not anything to you. Not anymore." She pushed harder against Arthur's windpipe.
"Ibby! What the flaming hell are you doing?" Strong fingers grasped her bicep, jerking her away from Arthur.
Phil. Dammit.
Art slumped to the floor, dragging in huge gasps of air.
Ibby whirled, facing Phil. "He's a cyborg. A cyborg." She spit the words out, hating the bitter aftertaste they left in her mouth.
Phil's eyes widened and his head whipped around, taking in the sight of Arthur, a tangled heap against the wall.
A stab of satisfaction hit Ibby when Phil's lip curled in a grimace, but it didn't last long.
Phil directed his attention her way again. "Okay, he's a mecha-human. Doesn't give you the right to kill him." He grabbed her arm and spun her toward the exit. "Get out of here, cool off, and pray he doesn't press charges against you."
Ibby stopped short. She hadn't thought about legal repercussions. Then again, she never dreamed her best friend since childhood would turn out to be something she loathed.
Squaring her shoulders, she nodded. "Right. Leaving now." She paused at the exit. "Sorry to leave you with the clean-up." She ducked through the doorway and walked away, finally letting the pain of betrayal and loss take residence in her mind.
My best friend is a cyborg.
Ibby's got some issues and they're only just getting started. J

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

ML Skye

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