Estimated reading time: 4 – 6 minutes
I wanted to share another DDIII snippet and to show off the compilation cover for Devil’s Descent I, II, III. Nice, huh? (Note: The cover may be adjusted further before print but I’m pretty sure this is it.) I just love Lily’s little face! I plan on releasing each part separately in ebook and print and one with all three parts together. Very much looking forward to it.
So here’s another snippet for Lily and Julian. Remember, this is a rough draft so changes may occur in the final version. I hope you all enjoy.
“Do you finally obey me without a prolonged debate?”
“You got lucky this time.” Lily cocked her head and smiled. “Time is ticking, Julian. We really have to hurry.”
“Truer words have never been spoken.” Julian reached out to adjust the water. Once satisfied, he held the washcloth beneath the tub’s faucet while keeping one hand on Lily’s knee. He balled the soaked cotton in his hand, squeezing it several times, until it dripped slightly. “Close your eyes, darling.”
Lily tilted her head back. Julian gently ran the hot cloth across her face. He paid special attention to her closed eyes and mouth. Her shoulders relaxed and she found it easier to let her hands grip his leg for support.
“Does it feel nice, sweet?”
“Very.” Lily heard his smile and felt his goodwill through the careful strokes across her cheeks.
Julian rinsed the cloth many times, making Lily wonder just how bad she must’ve looked. She avoided looking at herself in the mirror just for that reason.
“Do you like taking care of me like this?” Julian stopped washing her neck. Lily clenched her eyes shut and said in a rush, “I mean do you really like it when I don’t fight you? When I’m…well…I mean, when I’m not such a bitch?”
“Perish the thought Lily loses all her spine.”
“So is that a no?”
Julian chuckled. “Continue as you are and you’ll find me quite accommodating.”
Lily peeked at him from beneath slit lashes. His exquisitely beautiful face was so close to hers. Familiar yet different. Same face, different person. She braved touching his chin. “I can almost forget you were ever anything different than who you are now.”
“Thank you, darling.” Julian rinsed the cloth out.
“How can you be so different? My other life with you seems like a dream, something I can barely remember even though I know I should.”
“Do you really need those memories?”
“I guess not,” she sighed. “All it does is divides me. That can’t be good.”
Julian ran the warm cloth over her face one final time. “There, all better. Now all we just have to do something with your hair and you’re done. But before that…” He tilted Lily’s head back and warned sternly, “Don’t use the Spirit again for this or I’ll take you over my knee.”
Lily’s mouth dropped open in shock. “You’re threatening to spank me!”
“It’s not a threat. It’s a promise.” Julian smoothed the backs of his fingers against her cheek. “You know how bad it is for you to use that power now, don’t you?”
“There’s a lot of bad things I do. Seeing you is one of them. Should I stop that as well?”
“You can try, but it will be an exercise in futility.”
“Really? Well, my whole life has been an exercise in futility.”
“Perhaps, but I suggest you not try it, darling.” Julian kissed her forehead before gathering the tiny girl in his arms. “Now, no more using the Spirit when we fight.”
Lily felt the familiar pulse from the Spirit. Her brow creased in confusion.
“What is it, darling?”
“It appears She agrees.”
“Of course she does. She wants to continue using you as a meat suit.”
Lily expected the Spirit to show her displeasure at Julian’s disrespectful words. All she received was silence.
“Huh. Well, ain’t that a bitch.”
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