Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Teaser Tuesday!

Remember that zombie book?

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Even before Graham died, I had nightmares all the time. I used to sleepwalk, too, and sometimes I’d blame that when I ended up in Graham’s room after a nightmare, even though most of the time I walked there fully awake and shaking.

“Graham?”

He cracked his eyes open. “God, Wil, what?”

“Please?”

He’d think about it for a minute, watching me. “I have a test tomorrow.”

“I’ll be so quiet.”

“You’re getting kind of old for this.”

I gave him my smallest smile. “I’m a kid forever, remember?”

He chuckled and sighed and pushed back the covers so I could get in. I crawled into bed next to him and snuffled against the mattress until he gave me a corner of his pillow.

“Tell me a story?” I asked.

He nodded and rolled onto his back, his eyes still closed. “Once upon a time there was a magical world where nobody ever got lost.”

“Nobody ever.”

“Ever.”

I lay awake and let that sit in my head, while Graham, too tired to finish the story, stroked my hair until he fell asleep, his palm pressed against my forehead.

5 comments:

Molly said...

The book is... amazing. We're talking laughing, and getting teary all at once. :)

Nadine said...

Very powerful. Nice job!

Bronwyn Scott-McCharen said...

Ooh, awesome excerpt! Very nice job :)

Linda said...

This is amazing. YOU are amazing :)

Misty said...

Powerful.
Excellent.
Sad.
*sniff*