Chapter 8: I Hate Myself and I Want to Die (Part VII)
Střelecký Ostrov was a little island sitting smack in
the middle of Vltava, connected to both banks by the Bridge of Legions. It used
to be a royal garden back in the middle ages, belonging both to the Old Town, and
later to the Smíchov borough. During the wars it was used as a shooting range
for the soldiers to practice their aim. It came a long way since then, turning
into a family hangout with a modern playground and gravel pathways leading to
metal and wood benches looking over the shimmering blackness of the river. From the bridge overlooking it, the island seemed to
Having no plan,
didn’t take any chances. She descended the
staircase leading to the closed restaurant in complete silence, taking care not
to disturb any stones on her way down. The river masked most of the noises she
made, still she wished for rain, or traffic, or anything to hide her presence.
She slipped under the enormous arch of the bridge and
looked toward the back of the island. That was the best place for someone to
lay in wait. It was partially hidden by the playground and the trees, far
enough from the bridge it was almost invisible from the top.
She made a step toward it, only to be yanked back and
pushed against the cold stone. She went to fight, realised she couldn’t, and
used her breath for better things than kicking. She used it to growl
The person looming over her snapped her head to the
right roughly and hissed into her face, ‘What the fuck are you doing here, you
‘I’m fighting back.’
She set her jaw, glaring into dark blue eyes. ‘Let’s just say I don’t trust you with this.’
‘What fresh hell send you to pester me, blue?’
She opened her mouth to answer – or curse him,
probably curse him – but he leaned down and kissed her instead. It was one of
those fairy tale kisses that made people in the cinema sigh and huff. She
could’ve melted into that kiss. Lost her mind and soul to that kiss. She could
swear there was angelic choir playing in the background.
He pulled back, looking up beyond the playground. His
hot palms pulled her away from the arch of the bridge by her waist as he
grunted, ‘Get out of here. Now.’
‘Věra,’ he growled deep in his throat, throwing her a
murderous glance. ‘Don’t make me drag you away by force.’ She didn’t even get the
chance to grace that with a big fat ‘fuck you’ before he turned, looking up and
listening. His jaw clenched as he snapped a curse.
A rustle of shrubs behind her made her jolt with a
squeak as a bolt of white lightning shot out from behind them and ran to the other
side of the park, adding special effect to the curses spurting from Riley’s
‘Elizabeth!’ he hissed, throwing his free hand up in
despair. ‘Really?! What the fuck is so incomprehensible about the words
‘stay’ and ‘here’ put together?!’ He tried to make a step forward to pursue the
lightning, and at the same time the ground beneath his feet exploded.
Recap from the last chat - we went episode by episode, so all the writers should read this. I’ll still start with some general comments that people had and discussions of some useful aspects from the last chat as well.
As a quick note, some of the episodes are discussed more or less than others, depending on if the writer was there or if people had thoughts or substantive comments rather than just compliments. I also removed all of the comments that were simply complimentary, but the chat was overwhelmingly positive as to each and every episode, which makes sense because they’re all AWESOME. Just wanted you all to know that. Writers who weren’t at the chat but want to see people complimenting them, just let me know, I can send you portions of the raw transcript.
There was a suggestion that we post one episode posted per day rather than all at once – thoughts?
Schedule reminder: Episode Drafts due July 31; Posting to start August 15
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