This week’s snark comes to you from Saviours of Oestend. This is a much longer bit than I usually use for snark, but there are so many pieces of it I like. And I had so much fun with Frances. <3
This is near the end, after they’ve partaken of Olsa’s “tea”.
Dante wasn’t sure what to think of that. It seemed crazy, and yet, he couldn’t dismiss it, either. His perception of himself was blurring. The ends of his consciousness were suddenly hard to define.
“I can feel the birds in the trees,” Cami said. “They’re watching. I can see us through their eyes.”
“I’ll be damned,” Simon said, his voice full of awe. “I think I feel it, too.”
They were silent for a moment, and Dante could sense them all reaching out and up, their consciousness somehow expanding, and stretching, and merging.
“I can feel you guys, too,” Frances said. He laughed. “I know Deacon’s got a hard-on.”
“You would too if you could hear what Aren’s been whispering in my ear.”
They all laughed at that—even Dante—yet he was distracted. He could feel something pulling at the edges of his mind. Something that was dark and twisted. It swarmed around them, just past the edge of their campsite. Dante knew he wouldn’t see it if he turned to look, but it was there, constantly shifting and moving, watching and longing, hating and unbelievably miserable and frustrated.
“Now I can feel y’all trying to listen in,” Deacon said. “Mind your own damn business.”
They started to laugh again.
“I can feel the wraiths,” Dante said.
Their laughter died in an instant, and he felt them all draw breath. He felt their shared consciousness turn its attention upward and outward, afraid and unsure, searching for what he felt.
“Blessed Saints, Dante,” Frances breathed. “You sure know how to kill the mood.”
Saviours of Oestend is a sequel to Song of Oestend. You can by both here.
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