With the revision of Book 1 completed and Book 2 now making steady progress, I’ve decided to provide little snippet teasers to keep you going until the releases are public. You can sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of this page.
“Well hot damn!” I spin around at the sound of the male voice behind me. “Everyone is talking about it, everyone is saying it is true, but I had my doubts.” He let out a low whistle then chuckles.
I tilt my head with a slight frown as I look at the surprisingly young looking man in front of me. Surely this could not be the Healer? Isn’t being impossibly old looking, hunched over, leaning on a cane some kind of prerequisite to being a healer? He’s chuckling as we stand there sizing each other up for several minutes. He walks a slow circle around me never taking his eyes off me.
Then he looks into my eyes, his own eyes narrow and his forehead creases. I look away, shifting my weight from one foot to the other, changing my hand positions several times. I realize that it was more nerves than excitement I had been feeling about coming here in the first place. Under his intense scrutiny I’m wishing I could just hide in a hole.
“Well that would not be much use now, would it, girl!” he laughs and strides out of the room. When he returns my jaw is still gaping open. “No need for that, you are not here for me to check your tonsils!” He hands me a glass. “Drink this.”
I frown at the murky substance. Then I frown at him as I feel my annoyance take over. “I beg your pardon?! An introduction or at least a ‘hello’ would be kind of nice don’t you think? Before you start looking me up and down like I’m some kind of livestock for sale and thrusting sewage at me to drink!” I hear Mom gasp quietly, but I don’t care. What was with the men in this Village assuming that common courtesy is not required?!
“No, no Ruana,” he says, apparently stopping Mom before she can form the words, “it is ok. No need to scold her, she is quite right, a little common courtesy would not hurt at all.” I frown as I watch him grin from ear to ear, what a very odd man.
He laughs, “Well I have been called worse.”
My eyes widen more.