Get a special look into IN STONE with an emotional excerpt, and the playlist that accompanies it.
by Louise D. Gornall
Beau Bailey is suffering from a post-break-up meltdown when she happens across a knife in her local park and takes it home. Less than a week later, the new boy in school has her trapped in an alley; he’s sprouted horns and is going to kill Beau unless she hands over the knife.
Until Eighteenth-century gargoyle, Jack, shows up to save her.
Jack has woken from a century-long slumber to tell Beau that she’s unwittingly been drafted into a power struggle between two immortal races: Demons and Gargoyles. The knife is the only one in existence capable of killing immortals and they’ll tear the world apart to get it back. To draw the warring immortals away from her home, Beau goes with Jack in search of the mind-bending realm known as the Underworld, a place where they’ll hopefully be able to destroy the knife and prevent all hell from breaking loose. That is, provided they can outrun the demons chasing them.
Scene + PlaylistA silence falls. It’s the sort of silence that’s begging me to look up and over at Jack, but I don’t. My stare fixes on the cracked, morose face of a porcelain cat. My lips start to twist as impatience bubbles. The tension is thick. It burns my eyes, and then, with a sigh, Jack says, “Come on Beau. You know the cops can’t help.”
I didn’t know that, but I should have the second Gray said ‘knife’ back in the alley. I should have known a giant mess of craziness was coming my way when Gray grew horns. I throw the pieces of porcelain still in my hands to the floor and turn sharply to face him. I meet with Jack’s eyes. My lips are parted and ready to fire off a round of questions. But the words get caught in my throat. Jack’s eyes have changed color. I see the moon again, an icy moon. They shimmer the way a silver coin does when you tip it toward the light. He’s one of them. They’re everywhere. I fall back on my hands and start scuttling backward across the carpet.
Playlist for this scene:
- Suzi Quatro -- Wild One.
- Imagine Dragons -- Radioactive.
- Florence + The Machine -- A Kiss with the Fist.
About the Author: Louise D. Gornall
Love this peek into IN STONE. Thanks Louise!