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A Visit from a Gargoyle

on June 13, 2013

Today my humble blog is being visited by two new characters you’re going to want to meet.  They’re Beau and Jack from Louise D. Gornall’s IN STONE which releases July 1st 2013.  And they’re as unusual a pair to walk into a New England coffee shop as the visitors in another recent post, two Norse Gods from ST Bende’s Elsker.

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SCENE:  A busy coffee shop in a New England town. A dark-haired boy is returning to a small table where a dark-haired girl sits.  He frowns when he sees that she is drawing in a notebook.

 MICHAEL: This is why we should have waited for the whole group to be here to start the project. When Shondra’s not here, you send too much time doodling and no time thinking.

GEORGIA (tapping her pencil against her drawing): This is how I think.

MICHAEL (sits and pulls the notebook toward him): George, we’re working on British Romantic poetry.  Not The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

GEORGIA (shrugs and sips her iced soy chai latte): I just felt like drawing a gargoyle, I guess.  Maybe your perpetual frown inspired me.

ABRUPTLY A GIRL SEATED ON A COUCH TO THEIR RIGHT TURNS TOWARD THEM.  SHE IS THE GOTH TYPE WITH SHOULDER LENGTH BROWN HAIR, WEARING TOO MUCH EYELINER AND A RAMONES TEE. SHE LEANS TOWARD THE BOY SITTING NEXT TO HER. HE’S BRITISH, BLONDE WITH BRIGHT BLUE EYES. SHE WHISPERS.

BEAU: Your secret’s out. That girl just doodled a picture of a gargoyle.  What are the odds of that happening?

JACK: (sing-songy) Paranoid.

GEORGIA OVERHEARS AND WHISPERS TO MICHAEL.

GEORGIA: Hey, remember the last time we worked here, and we met those two crazy people who thought they were Norse gods?

MICHAEL (looks up from his book and smirks at the memory): Well, yeah. You don’t run into that kind of delusional thinking everyday.

GEORGIA (nods toward the couple on the couch): Well, these two are definitely from out of town.

MICHAEL (after sneaking a peek): She’s definitely not your usual Longbourner. She dresses like you, sort of.  I could see you in combat boots.

MICHAEL ROLLS HIS EYES. THEY HAVE DEFINITELY GOTTEN THE ATTENTION OF THE OTHER COUPLE.

MICHAEL: Sorry.  My friend, Georgia, here, was just admiring your shoes.

GEORGIA (embarrassed): I don’t often see anyone around here in Doc Martins.  Are you visiting town?

THE GIRL, WIDE-EYED, LOOKS TO THE BLONDE GUY. HE PUTS A HAND ON HER KNEE AND SQUEEZES REASSURINGLY.

 JACK: I’m from the UK…

GEORGIA: Love the accent. (seems embarrassed, especially when BEAU EYES GEORGIA AND MICHAEL SUSPICIOUSLY.)

JACK: And Beau’s from a little place called Plumbridge, right, Beau?

BEAU: Right. (clears throat) Right.

JACK: What are you drawing?

GEORGIA TIPS THE DRAWING TOWARD JACK.

BEAU: Cool (grins) in a super gross kind of way.

GEORGIA:  Oh, I don’t think of him as gross at all.

JACK (looking at Beau): Some people might say he’s cute.

 BEAU: Oh really? What people?

 JACK: Perceptive people.

 BEAU: You mean blind people?

 JACK: If I’d meant blind people I wouldn’t have said perceptive…

 MICHAEL AND GEORGIA SHARE AN AWKWARD GLANCE AS BEAU ROLLS HER EYES AND OPENS HER MOUTH.

MICHAEL (trying to cut the tension): Uh, I think I read somewhere that they’re meant to be ugly. It’s by design.

GEORGIA: Not all of them.  Some are supposed to be comical.  (With a glance at Jack). Even `cute.’

JACK GRINS.

JACK: Ahh! Perceptive people.

GEORGIA (elbowing Michael slightly):  Well, one of us is.

MICHAEL (ignoring her): So how long are you guys in town?

JACK: Not long. (sees Beau rising and gathering her bag). In fact, it looks like we’ve got to go now.  (Looks down at Georgia’s drawing again, then at Beau with a mischievous grin). I’d offer to autograph it for you . . .?

BEAU flicks her eyebrows.

Beau: Or if you wanna take your top off he’ll autograph your chest.

BEAU SLAPS HER HAND OVER HER MOUTH, EYES WIDE, HORRIFIED.

Beau: I’m sorry. That was…I mean…I’m really sorry.

GEORGIA just looks confused.  JACK laughs nervously and snatches Beau’s hand. BEAU is still smiling an apology over her shoulder as JACK tows her out of the door.

MICHAEL: Okay.  What was that all about?

GEORGIA (uncertainly): Something between the two of them?  She seems to think he’s a gargoyle or something. (sighs and puts away her drawing).  You meet the most interesting people in this coffee shop.

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  We really need to find another place to work.

 

The release date for In Stone is 1st of July 2013, this is a buy link http://www.entrancedpublishing.com/imprints/blush/in-stone/ (or it will be very soon) and you can catch Louise on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Louise-D-Gornall/111420465709804?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rock_andor_roll

Website: http://bookishblurb.com/

 

I’ve read an excerpt and can’t wait to read the rest! Leave a comment when you read it, too. Happy reading!

 

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2 responses to “A Visit from a Gargoyle

  1. bookishblurb says:

    Reblogged this on Louise D. Gornall…Bookishblurb and commented:
    A visit from a Gargoyle — Today Beau & Jack visited the blog of Stephanie Wardrop, author of the absolutely fabulous Snark & Circumstance series…check it!!

  2. […] I had the main characters from IN STONE meet Georgia and Michael from SNARK, which you can read here). And if you read that post, you’ll know that Jack is a pretty sweet gargoyle boy. Blond, […]

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