We can’t wait to share the fourth book in our Triskaidekaphilia series, Haunted.
Because we’re so excited, we’re going to give you a sneak peek at the stories as we countdown the days until the September 13th release.
Today we share I Spy by Sara Dobie Bauer.
by Sara Dobie Bauer
They are young, but age is no indicator of innocence. They stand on the ground floor of the crumbling seminary, his skinny arms around her petite shoulders. I would say the boy looks undernourished if not for the pink glow of his cheeks and luster of his hair. The girl is the same, a bit better fed, but small and thin with golden curls and skin the color of fresh milk. I think she shivers. It has always been cold here. He holds her tighter and whispers something against her ear that makes her smile and bat playfully at his hands that protect her.
What are they doing here in the middle of the day? Until recently, young people sometimes ran amok down the abandoned seminary at
night. They broke windows and made noise until I scared them away—me or one of the others: Charlie, the child, or Amos, the soldier. If they are here during the day, they must be up to something. They must be trouble.
Maybe they know him. Did he send them even?
In the dusty foyer by the massive wooden banister, the girl turns around and hugs tight to the boy. She presses her face against his neck and mumbles something. Her voice is no more than a stirring in the stale air.
The boy kisses her cheek and laughs—a hiccupping, joyous sound the likes of which these hallowed halls have never heard. He says her name loudly—“Ciara!”—then smiles and whispers happily again.
I cringe at their beauty and light and slink back into the shadows. I will keep a look out as I always have. I see there are bags at their feet. I fear these two have plans to stay, but they will not betray me. They will die first.
Sara Dobie Bauer is a bestselling author, model, mental health speaker, and LGBTQ advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, she lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she’d really like to live in a Tim Burton film. She is author of the Bite Somebody series and Escape Trilogy, among other ridiculous things.
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