Wordy Wednesday: An Excerpt from The Cranberry Hush by Ben Monopoli
"Who is it?" I called and began to wade out into my yard with clumsy, teetering steps. Snow went down my boots and bit my ankles through my socks. The stranger looked back and forth along the piles of snow along the street that formed a barrier between him and my yard. He threw up his hands in mock desperation and waved again.
Part of me knew who it was by then -- a part that could tell just by the way he moved his hands, by the tone of his scarf-dampened voice. In fact, what I now doubted more than the person's identity was whether I was really awake at all, and not still in bed, dreaming all this up. But when I got closer I was able to see his eyes through the opening between his hood and his scarf. They were green and bright. They belonged to the person in the photos on my living room wall.
The last inch of coffee slipped from the mug as it left my fingers and disappeared in a poof of white.
"Griffin?" It came out of me as a whisper. There was an inclination to run away, to dive beneath the snow and burrow away. I stepped hesitantly at first, not bothering to look for the mug, and then walked faster, stumbling, like I was running along the beach, overcome now, amazed, amazed. "Is that you?"
"It's me! I must look like a snowman."
If you think you know where this story goes, I assure you, you don't. The plot was engaging, and the end was a refreshing change. Most of all, the book is self-published, and I'm all about supporting quality self-published works in our genre. Plus, Ben is a really nice guy :)
Once you've read it, please come back and let me know what you think!