From the fantasy WiP draft, in which our heroine has an encounter with a Jenny Greenteeth, a river sprite, and we have a moment of levity before the storm breaks….
â€œRelax, human,â€ the river spirit said, still grinning. â€œIâ€™m no brownie-man, to begrudge you your place in the court. She uses us as she will, and we take what she gives.â€
â€œAnd what is she giving you?â€ Jan asked.
â€œEntertainment,â€ Greenteeth said, her slim form dancing around Jan, forcing the human to turn in order to keep the super in sight at all times. â€œIt will not be dull, while she is here. Allies and enemies, plots and plans, whispers and hisses.â€
â€œStirring the pot?â€
â€œYesssssâ€¦..â€ Those black eyes sparked with something deep in the pupils, and Jan knew she should be disturbed, maybe even frightened, but suddenly Greenteeth seemed less frightening than, somehow, endearing.
â€œJenny. Are you glamouring me?â€ Jan tried to sound stern, but her voice cracked on the last word.
â€œHeeeee. Human who smells of kelpie knows better. I donâ€™t have to try, youâ€™re already halfway there.â€ The Greenteeth leaned forward and pressed her lips to Janâ€™s, a warm, wet tongue darting out to lick her once, quickly, before the super had danced away again.
â€œThatâ€™s sexual harassment!â€ Jan yelled after her, wiping her mouth with the back of her hand, but she was laughing despite herself.
( from SOUL OF FIRE, Winter 2013)