This is not an actual excerpt, but it’s a sneak peek at two characters you will see in Shards of Malice (book 3) of the Dragon Rising Series. Some of you…and I won’t mention names, have been acquainted with these two already. 🙂
“Stop it, Zaul!” Meryk shouted as another piece of horse dung bounced off his pant leg. He was answered only with a snicker resembling the sound of
someone gargling water.
“Want to play, want to play,” the imp squeaked as he darted with
small legs and fluttering wings from the pile of steaming feces.
“Will you please help out instead of being a pest?”
“Pest, pest, pest,” Zaul chattered.
“I promised Miriam I’d have this place clean, and you’re not
helping,” the eight year-old boy grumbled.
“Clean, clean, clean,” the imp replied before attaching itself
to Meryk’s right leg; its tiny claws and small barbs on the tips of his wings
pinching the boy’s skin.
“That Stings Zaul. Get off me!”
The imp complied. He leapt from Meryk, landing on all fours
before standing upright to sniff the air. For a moment it babbled incoherently
before peering at the northeast corner of the stable.
“Here, kitty, kitty,” it said before diving into a pile of
There were brief impish and feline squeals before an unsettling
The imp’s head popped from the hay; its mouth mired in gore as
a forked-tongue lashed at reddened lips.
“By the Gods…what have you done?”
The imp chuckled. “Cleaning”