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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Teaser Tuesday! A Peek At An Award-Winning Short Story From Author LaDonna Cole!

This week's teaser is a look at a terrific award-winning short story that I will feature this Saturday for my "Short-Story-Saturday" post.  This gem is by the fabulously talented author, LaDonna Cole.  Prepare to have your socks blown off, friends.  Let's take a peek...


Final Act
by LaDonna Cole

Heart pounding in her chest, Liliana drew a deep breath and steadied her Glock. “I need an extraction, now!” She whispered into her com.
“Copy, Vixen. We are ten minutes out.”
“I don’t have ten minutes!” She pressed her back to the marble wall of the Library of Congress, the chill seeping through her thin cocktail dress. She slid to the corner where a slice of light dissected the shadows.
The elevator door across the room opened and two men in camo uniforms exited, led by their Browning M2 HB’s at the ready.  Turning toward the north corridor, they stomped away from Liliana.
“Get to the third floor, Vixen.” Her partner’s voice crackled over the com. “We may have another…”
Liliana didn’t hear the end of his sentence. She ran for the open elevator and skidded in just before it closed. She punched the three and checked her clip, chambered a bullet and pressed her body against the wall beside the elevator doors.
They opened and Liliana peered around the corner. The third floor was abandoned. She slipped into the darkness, keeping her back to the perimeter wall.
“Vixen, did you get the documents?”
“Affirmative.” Flinging the blond wig over her shoulder, she scanned the shadowed room. Tall maple bookshelves eclipsed her view, and the odor of dusty books assailed her.
“Good.” Her partner sighed. “I’m gonna get you out safely, Lil.”
“I know.” Liliana’s heart spiked at the tremor in his voice. She and Tim had been partners for seven years and lovers for three.  Inevitable from the beginning, the air sizzled when he was near.
The elevator dinged.
“They’re here!” She escaped further into the back section of the shelves and wove between discarded desks and chairs.
“Lil, get to the last row of shelves on the north side.”
“Just do it.  I have schematics.”
Keeping low Liliana pressed toward the last row. She froze when a radio crackled on the next aisle.
“No sign of the intruder.” A deep voice faded away.
She inched back and her foot struck something on the floor and she staggered. A hand grabbed her ankle.

... to be continued!


Don't miss this coming Saturday's post!
Short Story Saturday will showcase the entire story!


Thank you LaDonna Cole
for this tantalizing teaser and superb short story!

LaDonna Cole, Writer, Nurse, Therapist, Mom, and Ukulele singer extraordinaire, loves to write fantasy/fiction, songs, and poetry. She just finished Holding Kate Trilogy, Heartwork Village Stories (Scifi), is editing Sisterhood of the Sword Saga (Fantasy),  and working on Forbidden Encounters Trilogy (Supernatural) and The Blood Singer (Supernatural), and Donnie Dudgeon series. She is a single mom with two kids and a beagle and looking forward to a research trip to the Bahamas this summer. 

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*Do you have a teaser or short story you'd like to see featured at The Realm?  It's easy friend!  Email me with your submission, and be sure to send any photos/artwork (be sure they are YOUR intellectual property or you include proper copyrights and permissions) you'd like featured with your tale.  Don't forget to include your photo and a brief bio!  That's all you need to be featured at The Realm!*


J. S. Bailey said...

Nice cliffhanger! :D

Katie Cross said...

Thats some damn good writing.

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