i noted on twitter that this book was weird even for me. And lo’ it is:
“Come,” he says as the spill of yellow intensifies. He holds out his hand and she knows better. Knew better. Knew better than to come back when she’d been tagged by the Seek, to steal from the foodStore, to listen to the Queen of some hidden Hive and all she knows is that together, separate, they’re all dangerous. But the Queen’s voice is syrup and she reaches and his hand is warm and soft and feels like morning, like sunshine.
His teeth are sharp and his eyes shimmer blue to black and back again.
“Not today,” and she’s not even sure what he means but there’s a tug and a puff of goldenrod, all powder like a flashbomb favour, blinds her and the air is all tacky-syrup pollen and flowers as he pulls her through the store into some black corner, his other arm out and a door she didn’t know was there and a step
into pebbled ground and asphalt, tar-black and she stutters out some plea, but not. Some sound of strangeness.
As her eyes adjust to the new inky dark and she looks around.
And the alley is unfamiliar.
And the Queen is gone.
it’s very first drafty, so doesn’t have to make a lot of sense. But holy biscuits and gravy I’m all: o.O
also, this cover version of “In the Air Tonight” by Dead When I Found Her is lovely.