Today’s #1lineWed theme is basically, “Short and to the point.” Technically, “Short lines: convey your message in as few words as possible.” This should be an easy assignment for me. While I tend to bloviate upon occasion, my characters can get real short when things get down to the nitty gritty. Here’s a short scene between Caleb and Sade from THE DEVIL’S CUT. Y’all try to figure out what’s going on. 😉
“She likes you.”
“How can you tell?”
“She keeps giving me these go-to-hell looks.” Sade furrowed her brow and blinked as she figured things out. “You didn’t tell her, did you?”
“What? That I’m a werewolf?”
“No, stupid. That I’m your sister.”
Caleb looked confused. “Why would I tell her that?”
Werewolves can be so dense sometimes! Sade is rolling her eyes and ready to pound Caleb. And next, we have a slightly longer scene that is still short and to the point. Same book, but earlier in the story.
Seething, Sade demanded, “Where is he?”
The werewolf alpha scratched his chin. “Don’t know.”
“When did you last see him?”
“Couple weeks ago.”
She wanted to scream. Or beat the crap out of the shifter. Neither was likely to happen. Warning growls from the pack trailed off and the cool desert night dropped a few degrees. Sinjen. Here. She could feel him. But how? Why? He was supposed to be in Chicago.
“Come, Sade. They can do nothing.”
His voice washed over her, touched lonely places she’d dammed up since leaving him. “I have to find Caleb.”
She whirled, fists clenched and ready for battle. The look on his face undid her. Like air seeping from a balloon, her tension deflated. His full lips curled into a knowing smile.
“Come with me.” He held out his hand and she took it without thought. With a curt nod to the pack, he led her away.
Inside her SUV, Sinjen cupped her cheek and traced her lips with his thumb. “I’ve missed you.”
“Me too you. Caleb’s in trouble, Sinjen.”
“Then I will help you. The monster under this bed is unlike any you’ve faced before.”
“I’ll figure out a way to kill it.”
“And I will figure out a way to protect you.”
“Nice to know you have my back.”
“And your front.”
“No time to play, Sinjen.”
“There is always time for this.” The vampire kissed her, his lips branding her mouth. “There. That’s better. Now let’s go wolf hunting.”
So what pithy words do you have to share today?