Today’s excerpt comes from A SACRED MAGIC.
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“Hey Raj,” I said, giving him a hearty pat on the back as he lumbered out of the doghouse to look at me. He sat down, eyes bright and expectant. I groaned. Angel always brought him a treat when we came over, and I had forgotten. “I’m sorry, Raj. I forgot this time. But it’s good to see you.” He let out a grunt, then rubbed against me and turned back to his doghouse.
I was about to ring the bell when Raven opened the door.
“I heard you out here. Hey Raj, you need to come inside while I’m gone. Come on,” she said, kneeling to unfasten his collar from the leash that held him near the doghouse. Apparently, he had the habit of wandering off if he was left off his leash. And curiosity didn’t just kill cats, as Raven was fond of telling me.
“How are you this morning?” I asked, giving her the once-over.
Raven was wearing a black satin skirt over what looked to be a black tulle petticoat, along with a purple corset with PVC accents. She had on a pair of lace-up knee boots with thick rubber platform soles, and a crop top jacket. She was curvy, like me, though she was plumper than I was, and she had long dark brown hair with purple streaks running through it. She had a large number of tattoos all over her body, though most of them were generally covered up because she liked to wear tights and long sleeves. I could see some of her ink poking up from beneath the corset, around her breasts. Her eyes sparkled as she flashed me an infectious grin.
“About as good as it gets. Jazzed up on enough caffeine to fuel an army. And, I have to say, I’m looking forward to seeing TirNaNog and Navane. I’ve never been in either one, so this is the perfect time to assuage my nosiness.”
I laughed. “I’m glad my discomfort gives you some joy. Seriously, I am not looking forward to this, but Morgana insisted and I can’t get out of it.” I stared down at my hands for a moment.