Today’s snippet comes from quite an early story of mine, Angel, first published in 2010. I’ve always had a soft spot for this one, as I had a few things to say with it – as one lovely review put it, The difference between good and evil in its traditional, fundamentalist sense is examined and thoroughly discarded here – Serena Yates on Goodreads
“A man?” Michael’s smile was mocking, but there was despair in his eyes. He was standing right on the very edge of the parapet, now, his back to the ten-story drop. “Is this a man, Donnie?”
Michael spread his arms out wide in a disturbing, no doubt deliberate echo of the crucified Christ. There was a ripping, tearing sound, and time seemed to slow as two great black wings – of which Don would have sworn upon a Bible he’d seen no signs only moments before – unfolded from his shoulders, leathery and foul.
“God,” Don whispered, horrified and yet enthralled.
“Wrong answer,” came the taunting reply, as Michael leaned back and slowly toppled over the edge.
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As a child, Don wanted to be a catholic priest. That didn’t work out and now he’s a parole officer, but his faith is still strong. His world is shaken when his latest assignment turns out to be Michael, a young man Don hasn’t seen since he took Michael to church as a child—and saw his parish priest cast Michael out of the church as a demon.
Meeting Michael as an adult re-ignites the obsession Don had with the boy he couldn’t save—but can Michael be saved at all? Or is the demon with the compelling face as damned as he believes himself to be?
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