So, a few weeks ago, Autumn Review hosted the first excerpt from If You Stay. If you missed it, you can see it here. And from now until release day (February 12), I’ll be releasing one excerpt a week. Today is excerpt number two. These excerpts are short, but to be honest, I had a difficult time finding four new excerpts that are…appropriate enough to post on my website. Please note that If You Stay is for mature audiences.
Excerpt Two (From Pax’s Point of View):
“What?” I ask her. “Why are you looking at me like that?”
She smiles. “I’m just happy to see your eyes open. I know this is going to sound stupid, but you were in a bad way on Goose Beach. And I haven’t been able to get those images out of my head. So it’s nice to see you wide awake and perfectly fine. I’ll have something to replace those bad images with now.”
Well, the idea that I’m perfectly fine is debatable. But I’m a little puzzled. She seems genuinely concerned, truly troubled. And she doesn’t even know me, so why should she care?
So I ask her that.
And she’s the one who’s puzzled now.
“Why wouldn’t I be?” she asks, and then she pulls on her full lip with her teeth. My gut clenches again as I catch a glimpse of her pink tongue. “Anyone would be concerned. And it was the first time that I’d ever tried CPR. I don’t even know if I did it right. And it was the first time I’d ever seen someone overdose. I wasn’t sure exactly what was wrong when I first found you. But you didn’t seem like you were just drunk. I’m glad I called the ambulance.”
I stare at her now.
“You called the ambulance?” Interesting. I wonder what the hell happened to Jill? She probably left me to die, the fucking whore. You get what you pay for, I guess. A few snorts of coke apparently don’t buy much.
Beautiful Girl nods. “Yes, I did. The girl who you were with wasn’t too happy about that. But I thought you needed it. And it turns out that you did.”
Ah, so Jill was there.
“There was a girl with me?” I raise an eyebrow, probing to find out what happened with Jill.
Beautiful Girl shakes her head. “Not at first. She came while I was trying to decide what to do. She was mad at you for something- until she saw the condition you were in. And then she got hysterical. She left when the paramedics arrived.”
That sounds about right.
“Well, thank you for calling help,” I tell her slowly, eyeing her, taking her all in. “I’m Pax, by the way.”
She smiles. “I know. Stalker, remember?”
I smile back. “Well, you have me at a disadvantage. Because I don’t know you.”
And that’s a damn shame.
She holds out her hand and I take it. Hers is small and soft, almost fragile.
“My name is Mila Hill. It’s very nice to meet you.”
And it is.
I know I should tell her to run far, far from me, but of course I don’t. She’s like a ray of sunshine in this bleak hospital room and I soak her up. She’s got good, healthy energy and I like the way it feels to talk with her.
She’s like a breath of fresh air.
I may be the Big Bad Wolf, but even wolves need to breathe.
To read the book synopsis or to mark it as to-read on Goodreads, you can find it here. In the meantime, until February 12, stay tuned and I’ll post an excerpt every week. Oh– and one other thing. Anyone who SHARES this post via FB or Twitter… I’ll send you a signed If You Stay bookmark (if you live in the US or Canada). Just make sure you tag me in your post or tweet, then email me your mailing address. (email@example.com).
I hope everyone has a great Wednesday!