Since I posted a teaser of All Falls Down last week, I thought I'd share a little bit of Stricken with you this week. I hope you enjoy it.
And don't forget! Only 11 days until All Falls Down! :)
Aubrey had no idea what Dom and Abriel were playing, but it looked like some sort of war game. People were running all over the place, weapons strapped to their bodies. Smoke drifted up from various places. Mangled bodies littered the field where one of their characters was running, a grenade in his hand.
She shivered and turned away only to find Killian watching her again.
"Do you want them to turn it off?" he asked.
"No, that's fine," she said. "I just… Do you guys really enjoy this kind of stuff?"
"I don't think anyone enjoys war."
"So why play?"
"It keeps us sharp." Killian shrugged.
"Does it bother you?"
"What? War? Or war games?" she asked.
She thought about it a moment. "Not really. I guess I just don't see the point. Isn't the world violent enough already? There's so much death and destruction. Why add to it unless you have to?"
"I think it makes humans feel safe," Killian said.
Aubrey's eyes widened.
"As you said, there's so much death and destruction." He turned his body toward her, leaning in. "Feeling like you have some measure of control over that, that you can control it, makes it seem a little less overwhelming to most humans. And since your people can't control what happens outside of their homes, they bring it inside and try to figure it out the best way they can."
"I guess." Aubrey shrugged. "I still don't get it though."
He watched her for a long moment, his expression changing. Emotion danced through his eyes, so quickly she couldn't catch them. But they warmed her, and made her ache. As if she craved something from him she didn't quite understand. That same vast, bright thing that had called to her in the elevator so many days ago.
"That's not necessarily a bad thing," he murmured, his gaze locking with hers.
Her stomach fluttered at the look in his eye. It was predatory and beautiful at once.
She felt herself leaning in, caught by that look. Captivated.
Killian leaned in, too.
Aubrey's heart raced.
"Dammit!" Dom yelled.
Aubrey jumped, whipping her head in his direction.
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