Under the Moon
- By M. Pax
- Part 1
- copyright 2011 M. Pax, all rights reserved
He spent his whole life sick. Left at an orphanage before old enough to remember, Dennis Merrill recalled only illness and skyscrapers. When very young, he endured a constant weakness and shivered in his skin. Later, when his body made the passage into manhood, his limbs ached and his gut wrenched. He couldn’t stand up straight and when the moon waxed full he felt better, but then he would contract an awful rash, his hair grew extra thick and he’d squawk like a bird.
On those nights, he found a way out of the orphanage — through a window or a forsaken door. The open sky called, and he answered, running and dancing with the moonbeams in Central Park, avoiding the deep pockets of shadow. When exhausted, he’d happily lay under the lunar radiance, steeping in its splendor until daybreak. Yet it wasn’t enough.
He tried to get more moonlight, trying the planetarium and the internet. There existed no such thing as a moon lamp. He went to new age shops and Wiccans, but the crystals and herbs and candles didn’t help.
On par with that disappointment, no one ever adopted him. On his eighteenth birthday, Mr. Hannon, the orphanage director, handed him his eviction notice. “Happy Birthday, Dennis! And good luck to you.” His puffy lips pulled back, revealing silver-rimmed yellow teeth.
Weak and having a bad day with his symptoms, Dennis took the slip without the slightest protest. He stared down at the blurred blue ink, having never planned for when he grew up. His sickly demeanor hadn’t given rise to the possibility in his mind. This turn in events stunned Dennis. “Where am I supposed to go?”
Part two continues the story next Friday.
by Leigh T. Moore
Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one.
-Things are not always how they appear.
Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away.
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.
Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.
Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced… Until he mysteriously withdrew.
Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father.
A secret that could permanently change all their lives.
Be watching for Undertow, Book 2 in the Dragonfly series, coming July 18
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Celebrate the Small Things
Every Friday, Vicklit of Scribblings of an Aspiring Author hosts the celebrate the small things blog hop.
Amazon returned all my book prices to what they should be.
Met my writing goal of 2K words a day this week. Put 2nd WIP down to concentrate solely on Backworlds #4.
The air conditioner still works… this I write in my ice cave as unusual high 80’s in June attempt to melt me. Seriously, we rarely put the air in until mid July here.
This month’s giveaway is still on – an M. Pax ebook of your choice — The Backworlds, Stopover at the Backworlds’ Edge, Boomtown Craze, The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear, Semper Audacia, Wandering Weeds [my story The Tumbas is in it, this one is Kindle and pdf only] — plus a $5 giftcard to either Amazon or B&N.
Have a great weekend!