excerpt: eventide

His voice caught when he opened his mouth to speak, so he cleared his throat. “Are you okay?” he asked, not moving from the archway.

“I’m tired. I shouldn’t have done this now.” She spoke to her knees.

“I don’t think there’s any social etiquette on the proper time to discuss vampires.” He came into the room, placed the wine bottle on the coffee table, and bit back a laugh at the expression Laurel wore–as though she didn’t know whether it was polite to laugh at his awful joke.

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Author: Mari Adkins

Appalachian gothic fiction writer - my works reflect a love of literature flavored by the darkness and magic residing in these ancient mountains. In my spare time, I'm a Simmer, I tumbl, I journal, but I always have a very strange sense of humor. I have lived away from the mountains and lived deep in the mountains. I currently live in Central Kentucky with my lifepartner and his cat. The mountains, their culture, their superstitions, their particular magics, will always be in my blood.