Cliffhanger Blog Fest Entry

Brenda Drake's Cliffhanger Blogfest

Here's how it works. On your blog site, write a new scene or post a scene from your current project that is no more than 500 words, which has a rocking cliffhanger (pun intended). It can be any genre. Just leave us hanging, craving more, and cursing your name for making us want to turn a page that isn't there. Easy peasy, right? Right. 


Here is my entry from my alternate world romantic fantasy: Torment.


Indigo stared at the place Eldrian had been a moment ago.  With him there, even the beasts weren’t enough to drive her away.  With him gone, icy fingers of dread crept up her spine.  Now that she was alone, she wanted to be anywhere else.  In scant seconds, everything changed and all she had left of him were memories and a pair of boots.

Looking down at the oversized boots, she smiled wistfully.  Though she barely knew him, something about him simply fit her.  His arms felt like home more than any place she had ever been.  What did she really have to go back to?  Jayce would be a constant reminder of this exotic man who made her feel so vibrant.

Her pulse raced when she stepped close to the pillars, but the shimmer was gone.  He was gone, and she couldn’t follow.  In that moment, she knew she would have abandoned everything to go after him.  Placing a hand on either side of one pillar, she closed her eyes while she pressed her forehead against the rough gray stone.  If only…

The sound of movement behind her shattered her musings like so much glass and her heart bounded into her throat.  Turning, she saw what she most dreaded, one of the hounds ambling around the corner in the canyon.  She looked directly into those sightless eyes and sudden terror cluttered her thoughts.  Escape!  She had to escape this dead end.  If it got any closer, she would be trapped.

She bolted, running for the space between the beast and the far wall of the canyon passage, managing to dart past the thing.  It gave chase and she knew there was no way she could outrun it in shoes that didn’t fit.

Remembering Eldrian’s last words, she bit down hard on the healing split in her lip.  The sharp pain helped her remember the moment Jayce struck her, the surprise, the hurt, and the anger.  She remembered running away from him to the fountain in the Healer’s Courtyard.  The images and sensations rained down on her.  It became hard to breathe and she staggered.  Looking over her shoulder, she saw the beast lunge and she closed her eyes, yearning for her home more than she would have ever thought possible, yearning for Jayce, for anything but this.