ON THE RELEASE OF SHORT STORY
(also part of BOLLOCKS: A Wayward Ink Publishing Anthology)
Werewolf meets human healer, and snuggling ensues…
but not till the danger that’s threatening them both has been dealt with…
“OH, BOLLOCKS, buggery, and fuck.” Bartholomew dumped his rucksack back onto the floor. “Nearly made it, eh?”
“You know, you don’t have to do this,” Al said. The grizzled older man had already fastened the buttons on his threadbare greatcoat, ready to brave the darkness and the blizzard that flurried around the ancient, crumbling cottage. “Look, as far as anyone’s concerned, you’re done here, Tol. You’ve done a crackin’ job today. And, to be honest, you look done in, canny lad. It’s going to be a hard enough journey for you without taking on one more sodding patient.”
Bartholomew sighed. There was only one question that mattered. “Does he look in a bad way?”
Al looked out of the filthy, cracked window to observe the visitor as he approached. Bartholomew felt the faint crackle in the air as his companion tried to pull together a lie. Two whole years as his guardian, and still he hadn’t learned. “Um… no? Ah, bugger it, you’re doing that thing to me again, aren’t you? So, yes. He looks like shit, okay? He looks like he probably won’t last the night without your careful sodding ministrations, and now we’re going to be stuck in this bloody hovel until the storm passes and you’ve recovered enough to remember how to put one foot in front of the other, aren’t we?”
The healer gave a rueful nod. “Wherever the need is greatest, remember? You want to show him in?”
Tabitha McGowan is a writer of dark romantic fiction. She lives in the north east of England with a long-suffering husband and a surprisingly tolerant teenage daughter, as well as a small menagerie that currently includes three dogs, four cats, two ferrets, a rabbit, and a small hamster called Bouffy the Kibble Slayer.
She has written professionally since graduating from university with a degree in Theatre Studies, and has worked as a scriptwriter for a theatre company, a writer-in-residence for the National Railway Museum and a copywriter. She’s also a qualified teacher, and sings in a folk/acoustic band when not hunched, cursing loudly, over her laptop keyboard with a quadruple gin and tonic at her side. Her hobbies include fire-breathing (yes, really…), and being a feminazi intent on destroying civilisation as we know it.
Her first novel, The Tied Man, was released in January 2013, and has been delighting/shocking/sickening readers (usually at the same time) ever since; she’s now working on ‘Unbound’, a sequel to The Tied Man, as well as planning the adventures – romantic and otherwise – of the rather beautiful Immanuil and Tolly from her short story, ‘Healing’.
She can regularly be found on Facebook and Twitter, usually procrastinating wildly and providing links to cats doing amusing things, and blogs about her writing on Goodreads.
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