Sunday, July 1, 2012
Scene Snippet Sunday: River Road--What's Jean Lafitte Up To?
Today, I'm popping up a few lines from the first chapter of River Road, coming in November. DJ is meeting with the undead pirate Jean Lafitte in his posh suite at the Hotel Monteleone. He's asked her to intervene in a feud that has broken out between two rival clans of merpeople in Plaquemines Parish, just outside New Orleans. (Apparently, many merpeople work in the Louisiana fishing industry, which kind of freaks DJ out.) She also is suspicious of Jean's motives, but--as usual--can't get a straight answer out of him....
Jean Lafitte didn't have an altruistic bone in his body. I didn’t want to even ponder the ironies of merpeople in the fishing industry. “Why didn’t they come to me themselves? What’s in this for you?”
Jean tsk- tsked me. “Such suspicion, Drusilla.”
I crossed my arms. “I’m a sentinel, Jean. It’s my job to be suspicious. Besides, I know you, remember?”
Tiny lines crinkled at the edges of his eyes as he grinned. “We do not know each other nearly so well as perhaps we might, Jolie.”
Well, his come-on lines hadn’t improved since our last meeting.