Friday, November 28, 2014

Title: Vis Major
Author: Trish Anderson
Release Date: To be announced...

Death changes people.

It's a phrase Reeve was all too familiar with. His father uttered those words on a daily basis. Following his parents into the family business had meant being the glue for others who were falling apart after a death... and in this line of work, grief was inevitable.

When Reeve suffers real loss in the death of his best friend and soul mate, he’s left questioning if his entire life was a sham. Consumed by loss and doubt, he detaches himself from reality.

In an attempt to get his son back, his father abandons all he thought he knew about healing, and pleads with Reeve to take on a new case.

But, this wasn't just any case; it was Jessie Case, a woman more mysterious than the circumstances surrounding the death of his best friend.

When these two lives merge, they entice each other into a world of forgotten pain. What they discover is far more haunting than either of them could imagine. 

Her voice is thick with emotion as she pleads, "Show me."

Hesitant, I move toward her, holding her gaze in a way that seems to push 

My jacket falls to the floor, and I welcome the sharp bite of cold air against my 

She gasps, a mixture of fear and awe garbling the sound. Her eyes dip to 

take in all I've exposed to her. “Reeve, what have you done?" she whispers.

"It doesn't hurt," I explain, running my fingers along my angry, red skin. 

Instinctively, she clasps her hands around her arms, as if to protect herself 

her further back with each step I take. 


from me scaring her too.

Sweet Jessie. Don't you understand I would never hurt you?

I envision myself saying this out loud, but in this moment, I move closer to 

her, lips like a vault, securing all my thoughts around my tongue. 

She backs herself into the corner, jaw slack, eyes wide. "How long did this 

The first time I'd pushed a needle into my skin was when Cadmium died. At 

first, the pain had pulled me out of my grief... made me feel something greater 

than the loss of her. But, I'd refused to be the guy labeled as a 'cutter'. No, I was 

purposeful with my pain, etching Cadmium's words into my skin. Each promise, 

fear, and every other word she had ever spoken was now a part of me.

For a brief moment, I witnessed pity in Jessie's eyes. Pity was for people who 

take?" She points to my arms, covered with words.

Flesh of my flesh.

asked for it. I didn't need it or want it.

I move closer so I can lean into her, exhale against her ear and answer, 

"Years. But forever wouldn't be long enough to finish what I started."

Goosebumps rise on her neck, her pale skin flushing from her heated blood. 

She's psychoanalyzing me. It makes me angry. "Oh, the misconceptions," I 

laugh into her neck, then pull back to look in her eyes. "Carved, tattooed, branded; 

Pity has fully disappeared from eyes, and now she’s staring at me like I could 

be Lucifer. I’m feeding off of her discomfort, so I taunt her. “You disappoint me. I 

thought you were a stone pillar with a solid foundation, rooted firmly in your own 

resolve." I place my finger against her shoulder and nudge her. "But look how 

"Why are you so hateful?" she asks, choking on her question as she shoves 

my hand away. Her eyes began to glisten, darting between me and the door. 

It's then I realize she's a coward. Escape routes forming in her head, plan B 

always set "just in case".  I thought she was different. She is, I remind myself. She 

just doesn’t know it yet. "You gonna run, Jessie?" I sneer, towering over her fear 

"You're a cutter? You do this to make yourself numb?" 

any of these would be more accurate, Jessie.”

easily you sway under the pressure. Your core is corroded." 

crippled stature.

Your move sweet girl. 

She squares her shoulders, taking on a challenging stance. "I want to 

understand." Her voice is stern, but I hear her insecurities in every word. She 

wraps her hand around my forearm, looking up at me as if I might be the savior 

she's been in search of. "I don't know you, but I want to.  The real you. I've never 

been more scared of someone in my life, and not because I think you will harm me. 

It’s your thoughts that breath life to my fear, Reeve."

I'm a sarcastic, Disney loving, procrastinator. I hope to write stories that speak to me first and foremost, then give readers an honest, non-cookie cutter world to get lost in. I always root for the underdog, so I try to inject one into each of my stories. I'm in desperate need of Starbucks, a shower, and sunlight on any given day. I'm certain Chewbacca is my soulmate. I hope you read my words and enjoy them. If you don't, I still dig you.

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