Name: Liz Fredericks
Title & Genre: FIRST PASSAGE -- paranormal romance
Pitch: Sera is the reincarnation of her lover’s childhood abductor. Absolution must wait until they defeat Lord Demislon to save Earth.
1st 250 words:
Davis grinned up at the newcomer, hoping she’d notice his missing tooth. The big lady didn’t smile. He looked to his mama. But she, busy with the squirming toddler tucked between her knees, didn’t notice the deserted playground’s latest arrival.
“Wanna share?” He held out his new red shovel.
The woman crouched. Davis flinched. His instincts kicked in and he scrambled back.
His mother dropped Sissie’s half-finished braid. The stranger grabbed him.
“Davis! Put him down, damn you – that’s my baby!”
His kidnapper sprinted toward the memorial in the center of the park. She hurdled into the fountain, swiped her palm against the sharp edge of the rock in its center, then raised her bleeding hand to the sky.
The small fire that always burned at the top of the rock stretched out and grabbed them both.
Davis stiffened, then laughed. Mama said fire hurt bad. But it didn’t, not even a pinch.
He called out, “Mama, it’s ok,” but she was all orange and wriggly. Like looking through the funhouse glass at the fair.
Her face was squenched up and her mad voice was really mad now. And scared. Like when Daddy didn’t listen.
“I can’t come, Mama.”
The big lady’s arms didn’t feel so mean anymore. Mama and Sissy got orangier, harder to see. Davis closed his eyes. Big brothers didn’t cry.