Kin Snippet

The hard revisions on Kin–Ruby’s story, the third Beauty & Madness book–are done. Tomorrow I layer in more detail in the all-new scenes. Right now, though, here’s a little snippet from the end:

Being scared and alone was worse than anything else, even a beast with empty eyes and scythe-claws. It was worse than the pinching, the bruising, it was worse than the certain knowledge of being a disappointment to everyone you loved.

Being scared together, though…that was different. It wasn’t incredibly better, but it wasn’t quite so awful. At least someone was in the boat with you, and you could make things better by comforting them.

I don’t remember writing that, so coming across it on this revision was…unexpected. And comforting.