I’m on vacation, recharging the mental batteries, and trying to decide what to blog about, I realized I haven’t shared a bit of my work in progress for awhile, so I thought I’d share some Little Wing today. Remember: this is from an unedited work in progress, it may change or be discarded before the final draft. It’s shared in a spirit of fun, enjoy!
Paloma pushed open a door, the nerves and anticipation sparking in her, making her high, making her want to chatter. She felt Eve’s excitement, curiosity. For a woman with a colorful past, Eve was more innocent in a lot of ways than Paloma. When Paloma had handed the other woman a gun she’d looked at it like she’d never seen one before. Finally they’d agreed that Eve could use her knife should they run into trouble.
The establishment that welcomed them was not quite a bar. It had the appearance of one: the dark atmosphere and the rowdy crowd. But no bartender stood by to take drink orders. Instead, the patrons did their own business. The person Paloma needed to speak with wasn’t there yet. But he would be. She pushed Eve into a booth, and they waited. A man walked by and deposited a pitcher of beer and a couple of not-quite-clean glasses. Paloma reached for the pitcher and poured for both of them.
“Paloma…” Eve whispered, throwing a disgusted glance at the glasses.
“What, you’ve had all your shots, right? What’s the old saying? God made dirt so dirt don’t hurt? Drink up.” She lowered her voice. “It will be obvious if you don’t. You want to blend in here. If you stand out too much, no one will deal with us. You stand out enough because you’re so damn pretty. Fuckin’ drink.”
She watched with satisfaction as Eve took a hesitant swallow, and she nodded, taking a deep pull on her own beer. It was bitter, made with cheap, metallic-tasting hops, but it wasn’t bad by Murray standards. And if they were being served beer, no one was really trying to take advantage of them yet. If a bottle of liquor appeared on their table, so would Paloma’s gun. A woman couldn’t be too careful in a place like this.
Thanks for visiting Murray with Paloma and Eve! Come by on Thursday, because we’ll be having a visitor here on the blog. The one and only Emilia Mancini is going to be sharing some confessions of an erotic romance author. Oh my!
Thanks for reading!