Today’s snippet follows almost directly on from last week’s, although in the interim we’ve established that there was no apparent reason for Mal to grab the wheel while Jory was driving…
[Jory] put the car back on course, drove along the road until he could turn up a side street, parked the car, and then turned to Mal to ask him calmly what was going on.
“What the bloody sodding hell was that?”
Okay. Maybe he wasn’t quite as calm as he’d thought.
Then he noticed Mal was shaking. “Mal?”
There was no answer. Mal just stared straight ahead through the windscreen, his eyes wide.
Jory was starting to get worried. “Mal?” he said again. “Malory?”
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A Porthkennack Novel
London Underground worker Mal Thomas is staying in Porthkennack to recover from a traumatic experience. Getting some more bad news from home is the last straw—until big, blond museum curator Jory Roscarrock steps up to offer some comfort.
A doctor of English Literature, Jory should be in a prestigious post at a top university. But a youthful indiscretion has led him to abandon academia to come back to his home town, Porthkennack, and the controlling family he’s never really felt a part of. He’s delighted to find a kindred spirit in the young Londoner.
But Jory’s family hurt Mal’s best friend deeply, and while Jory’s desperate to repair the damage, his own mistakes threaten to keep them apart. Meanwhile Mal’s torn between his feelings for Jory and his duty to his friend—and his fears that a failed relationship could be more than his shattered confidence can take.
Oh, I like the tension here. Thank you for sharing. And Happy Writing!
Nope. Not so calm 😀 Great snippet
Love the tension, and want to know what’s up with Mal. Nicely done.
No, definitely not calm. Great snippet.
Definitely leaves the reader hanging on the last word!
He’s in shock! Crap! What’s next??
Definitely not calm, but I wonder what caused Mal to react like that.
Oooh tense. Can’t wait to see why Mal is acting like this.
Not sure who to feel more sorry for here! 😳