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I'm working on a new paranormal romantic suspense set in Las Vegas, entitled The Bone Flute. In this unedited snippet, Jozsef reminds Rain of the curse laid on him by her ancestor. Unfortunately, he loses his temper. This is in Rain's POV.
“Come, lady, surely you know the story of the bone flute and what it means to your family.” Disgust twisted his handsome features.
She looked at him blankly. “The bone flute?”
“The bone flute and the curse.”
His voice rumbled with anger and regret.
“There’s a curse attached to that bone flute?” She glanced at the box again. What the hell had she inherited?
He growled and her eyes snapped back to him. “There’s no need to play innocent. I’ve realized the mistake I made and I’ve paid and paid and paid for it. Tell me how to undo the curse and I shall leave you and your family alone for once and for all.”
“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
“Have done, my lady!” His arms dropped to his sides, his hands fisting as anger suffused his face. “I’m sorry for the death of your relative, but you must know I’ve paid for my mistake. Now release me.”
Rain stared at the man glaring at her like an ancient barbarian warrior and wondered if he was an asylum escapee. She’d thought him nuts when he stood at her cubicle like some sort of Renaissance Faire reject, but now he just confirmed her suspicions. He definitely wasn’t dealing with a full deck.
Shaking her head, she flicked the knife blade at him.
“Get out. Take your delusions and weirdness with you and get out of my house.”
“By all the saints!” He vaulted over her island and pinned her to the counter with his weight as he ripped the knife from her hand. “I can’t leave your house until you release me from the curse your relative laid on me!”
The force of his fury broke through her courage and she blinked as tears leaked out the corners to slide down the sides of her face. In his rage, he could kill her without much effort, and all anyone would find would be her body.
Gathering what little courage she had left, she took a deep breath and raised her chin.
“Please don’t hurt me.”
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