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Here's the teaser from Dining in Hell I promised.
“Jess!” said a familiar voice, and I turned to see Callie behind the counter, examining a tub of ice cream.
“Put that down, Callie,” I said.
“But there’s food. Lots of it,” she continued, ignoring my order.
“Now!” I shouted and felt Hank flinch behind me. My patience was running out.
“Can I be of help?” a Russian-sounding voice asked.
Logan, Hank, and I turned in the voice’s direction. A young man, with premature silver-white hair and the blackest eyes I’d ever seen, stood in the doorway to what I assumed was the kitchen.
“No problem,” I said, still unsure as to what our course of action should be. “We’ve come to collect our young friend, and we’ll be on our way.”
“You are English?” the man said.
“Yes. But I live in Las…America now.” I was never going back to the place where I’d been so desperate to stay alive I’d killed my entire family.
The strange man turned to the diners and threw his arms up into the air. “She is English!” he declared. His creepy smile made the hairs on my arms stand erect.
No sooner had he finished proclaiming my nationality than everyone in the diner broke into mumbled conversations, smiling and patting each other on the back. It was odd. I didn’t like it.
“Now, English. You and your friends should eat–you appear to have travelled far.”
“Well that’s one way of putting it,” Hank said, sitting at a table of women next to the door. How typical of Hank to pick the quickest escape route.
“What do you say, Jess? Can we stay and eat? Please,” Callie begged as she re-joined our group. I studied her pale complexion and the dark circles under her eyes and knew I couldn’t refuse her. None of us had eaten a proper meal in days. None of us would have wanted to eat after what we’d seen, but we had to–it was the first rule of survival. It was also, ironically, the reason we were running.
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