In conjunction with the blog tour for The Experiment, I'll be posting an excerpt daily from the book. You can see the schedule for the tour here. Here's today's excerpt:
“I could’ve killed the thing if it wasn’t for your sister,” Brax told Em, turning to glare at me.
Em blanched, as if the thought of Brax killing the felit bothered him as much as it had me. “How could you possibly kill a felit?” Em finally asked. “You’re just . . . you know, human.”
Brax stopped pacing and sat on another rock across from Emiah. “I told you I was strong.”
“Well, you mostly said you were fast,” Em corrected. “Which we already knew. You didn’t say you were also freakishly strong. Felits are one of the most feared predators. Not many things can take one down. And now you’re saying you have the ability to,” Em gulped, “kill one?”
Brax shrugged. His breathing had slowed and he was much calmer than he had been before. “Only if I have the advantage of surprise. Face to face I wouldn’t fare so well. I was just lucky his attention was on Cilla.” He glanced my way before returning his attention to Em. “That way I could grab him from behind. Once I had hold, he couldn’t get away.”
“Huh,” Em said, his eyes a bit distant as they were whenever he tried to figure something out. Then his eyes cleared and he turned his direct look on Brax. “Do you really wonder why Cilla didn’t want you to kill it? Why my sister, who morphs into a felit, wouldn’t want to watch you kill a felit?”
Brax jerked at the question, and shot a look my way. “Jeez, I didn’t think about . . . I’m really sorry, Cilla. I was just, you know, in the moment, and he was a threat and . . . I’m so sorry. I didn’t think about the fact that . . .” It was a little comforting to watch him squirm, I suppose. Then as if the thought had just occurred, he asked, “Did you know him?”
Scoffing in felit form is an impossibility I found out just then.
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