Completely in the dark – WR101 Prompt Series: Shades of August

Shades of August

I enjoyed August’s previous adventure so much I couldn’t help but add to it. Let’s call this part 2 – click here if you want to read Part 1.

When the ground disappeared beneath my feet the obscenity was wrenched free and I was falling into darkness. I wrapped my arms tighter around SB, using him as an anchor. I might not like him, but at least I wasn’t going to down the rabbit hole alone.


Alice wasn’t waiting for me at the bottom and, thankfully, no white rabbits either. What I did find was a giant headache and a whole lot of darkness.

But hey, at least it was warm. This was accentuated by the fact SB still had his arms wrapped around me. He made no attempt to move. But then he’d always been a shark.

“Okay, pretty boy, you can let go now,” I muttered, pushing against his chest.

The muscles bunched beneath my fingers, reminding me that, besides the dangerous mouth and retractable claws, he had the body of a man. Something I didn’t wish to dwell on, since I’d been celibate for two long years.

“What are you thinking about?” he asked, finally letting go. His voice told me he knew exactly what was going through my head.

“How much you disgust me.”

His laughter filled the darkness and grated along my nerves. “Whatever you say.”

While I was thinking dark thoughts, I felt around to ensure there were no nasty surprises. We’d landed on a spongy substance that was still cushioning the lower half of my body, and it was just my luck to find myself sitting on a monster. One waiting to spring up and devour me.

“What are you hoping to find?” SB asked from somewhere above me and I froze, unreasonably annoyed he had me at a disadvantage.

“Don’t tell me you can see in the dark,” I said, pushing to my feet.

“Okay, I won’t tell you that.”

I started to count to ten in my head, and got as far as three before I gave up. “What do you see?”

“The outline of a tunnel, which opens up on your left.”

His voice had lost its cocky edge and I wondered if he sensed something in the darkness. I had to give him some credit because his instincts were never wrong. The Gourats were an ancient race; primal, calculated and incredibly focused.

I rolled my eyes and hoped he couldn’t see the movement. I’d gone from disliking him to wondering about his other talents. I didn’t remember hitting my head, but clearly something had dislodged itself.

“Let’s go check it out,” he said suddenly, and I felt rather than heard him move towards me. “If you take my hand, I’ll lead the way.” He waited a few beats. “Unless you’re afraid.”

“The day I’m afraid of you, is the day I lay down my weapon.”

He laughed again and took my hand. “It probably isn’t the right time to tell you that you lost your weapon.”

“Damn it,” I muttered. I really loved that axe. And now I was alone without protection. I’d seen SB in the arena. He enjoyed inflicting pain.

“Oh, relax. I’m not going to eat you,” he said, and he actually sounded offended.

The quip died on my tongue as I thought back to when I’d been ejected onto this god-awful planet. “How come you’re here anyway? You’re one of Donovan’s best fighters.”

I’d assumed it was his punishment too. But he hadn’t been part of the tournament and he’d won his match. It was all becoming clear now. “Were you sent here to kill me?” I asked. It would explain why he’d looked at me like I was a prize.

“What would you say if I told you I was?” he asked quietly. There was no menace in his voice, just simple curiosity.

“I’d say let’s go, pretty boy. Let’s settle this now.” It was a stupid move to start a fight with no weapon and zero visibility. As disadvantages went, it couldn’t get any worse.

“You really want to fight me right now?” he stopped suddenly, dropping my hand and leaving me floundering in the dark.

“I’m not going to make this easy for you,” I said, trying to keep the nerves from my voice.

His laugh was hollow. “Why would you start now?”

The silence hung between us, heavy and thick. “What are you waiting for?” I whispered, closing my eyes and trying to tune into my other senses. He was close, I could feel him.

“I got off the ship because I wanted to protect you,” he said and I almost flinched when I heard his voice next to my ear. “I’ve been protecting you since the moment you were dumped by the Guild.”

I swallowed, no longer afraid for my life, but my sanity. “Why?” I asked, taking a step back and bumping into a wall.

I only had a moment to wonder at the fact it was as soft and versatile as the ground beneath my feet.

SB had taken a step towards me. I could feel his breath on my cheek. “What does it matter? I disgust you, remember?”

This was crazy, my mind screamed at me. I didn’t even like him. He insulted me every chance he got and I was thinking about kissing him in the dark. “What would you say if I told you I lied?” I asked, wishing I could see his face.

In response he closed his mouth over mine in a searing kiss I felt all the way to my toes. He really did have a dangerous mouth.




Reblogged this on Writing Room 101 and commented:

My contribution to Seductive Saturdays 🙂

I’m so glad we got to see more from these characters. The dynamic between them is great 🙂

    Thank you 🙂 I like the August character. I’m fascinated to see where Winter will take her because her story was great. I think I’ll leave her alone now, I’m sure SB will keep her busy 😉 I’m already onto the next story – inspired by a friend’s photograph. It’s practically written itself inside my head!

That ending had me squealing! 😀 Loved the heated romance and all of it! Absolutely brilliant.

    Aw, thanks, Mishka. When I decided to add to it and realised it was Saturday I had a moment of panic! But I read through the first instalment and thought, yeah I can work with that…I think he really likes her! Then I just let them work it out 🙂

      It was a brilliant ending, but then I am a sucker for that kind of thing. Probably why your book worked so well for me too! 😀 You have incredible writing talent.

      As do you 🙂 Thank you for your lovely words. I think we’re both a sucker for a good romance! I particularly love the tension you create between your central characters. We all rub off on each other, while staying true to ourselves and that’s what’s so wonderful about sharing and being part of the writing community 🙂

Love the allusion. How many of us wonder if we will ever find our own rabbit hole? Or do I want to? Probably not. Life is challenging enough without turning it upside down.

I'd love to hear from you.

Name and email address are required. Your email address will not be published.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <pre> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> 

The Writer Next Door|Vashti Q

Vashti Quiroz-Vega, Author, Horror, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Suspense/Thriller Short Stories & Articles

Jane Dougherty Writes

About fantastical places and other stuff

Julie Powell - Photographer & Graphic Artist

Creating & Capturing Life's Precious Moments

Author Don Massenzio

Independent Authors Unite!

Melissa Barker-Simpson

Multigenre Romance Author

Journey To Ambeth

by Helen Jones

Fiction by Rachael Ritchey

Escapades of an Indie Author & Publisher

Dr Gulara Vincent

Re-write your inner story to (re)launch your writing career

s o F a r S o S t u

Working It Out

Robin Gott

Artist, Actor och occasional blogger


Vague Meanderings of the Broke and Obscure

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman


Writing, the Universe and whatever occurs to me

Sincerely Kate

The Obsessive Blog of a Compulsive Pen Pal

Steve McSteveface

"just a guy, writing stuff on a blog - hoping that people will read it"

Judith Barrow

Writer & Author

Sue Archer

Wordsmith | Editor

Leisure Lane

A leisurely place to visit where anything is possible!

Planetary Defense Command

Defending the planet from bad science fiction

I came for the soup...

Nourishing the Faith, Arts, & Vision in The Creative Soul

Daniel Abram

Resilience against adversity.

Plucking Of My Heartstrings

Blogging on a variety of things that pluck at the hearts' emotions & more

Cobweb Queen

you were singing in your sleep

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Echoes of Life, Love and Laughter

Jade the Mystic

Be the light unto yourself

Be Your Natural Self

Create Your Own Reality

Daydreams by Dolly

could-have-beens and might-bes

The Moldy Daisy

A many-storied life

Writerish Ramblings

A Writer's Journey

Mostly Blogging

Practical solutions and established strategies to improve your blog. Suggestions that will make a difference.

Wasted Days And Wasted Nights

You're to blame for making me blue


Thoughts From The Heartland

%d bloggers like this: