A page from a companion short story starring the main character of my WIP:

I, Azazel, of the Order of Grigori, am fallen.

I am not evil.

Look for me. Sitting at the bar beside you. You will know me by my long, fair hair and charismatic smile. My countenance hints at mystery.

My art is, and has always been, the science of seduction.

Saturday morning, seven o’clock, I woke up horny with no remedy in the house but relief was only a phone call away. By ten, I'd gotten laid, kissed sweet Maggie goodbye and stood gazing out the glass wall overlooking the neon splendor of Las Vegas. My white-on-white home built on a hill outside the city was angular, ultra-modern but the furnishings antique.

Young on the outside, old on the inside—like me.

I’d lived in this neoteric garden long enough to imitate the livestock. Sin City suited me. Normally, I'm an easy-going, cheerful even loving fellow. At the moment, however, absolutely nothing suited me. I wished I’d asked Maggie to stay instead of hurrying her on her way. If this ungodly restlessness survived a day in bed with Maggie, I’d require the help of my old friend Bombay Sterling, grinning at me from the liquor cabinet. Another of their habits I'd adopted—
when memories came creeping back. I was wondering if I wanted a martini or a gin-and-tonic when a sharp pain cramped my hand into a fist. Never one for profanity, I exhaled an archaic curse, opened my hand and forgot all about Bombay, Maggie and the heebie-jeebies.

The symbol in my palm bulged blood-red.... as it had on the day my punishment began. The strange symbol had been the subject of many short discussions with mortals who asked if it was a birthmark. I'd nod, smile and change the subject. If only they knew....

At creation, each angel was given an individual sigil. For millennia my heavenly tattoo had been merely a silvery-white scar in my right palm, a sad reminder of what I’d given up. Another razor of pain sliced along the ulner nerve to my elbow, sending a thousand bells ringing in my ears as my vibration soared from the slower corporeal hum to the high pitch of pure Spirit. My hand paled to transparent. Any moment, my mortal pretense was going to dissolve. Then what? Poof...gone...MIA angel?

Something was desperately wrong and I feared I knew what it was, at long last, Retribution coming to call. The night before, I’d succumbed to insanity—voluntary reckless self-endangerment—but for a short time I'd known the perfect joy of Spirit.

In that sparkling time before darkness lost its hold on the world, I took an ivory box from the top shelf of my closet. The small treasure chest had accompanied me on all my many journeys. With reverent, trembling hands, I lifted luminescent fabric from its casket and wrapped myself in sin. Amazing. The garment felt so right when my very touch profaned.

Before the beginning of Recorded Time in a grand show of Old Testament justice, Raphael had stripped the holy robes from my shoulders, and with it, my divinity.


  1. Beth Trissel // April 17, 2008 at 10:31 PM  

    I love your writing, Linda. I would happily read grocery lists penned by your hand. This excerpt is a tantalizing start to what I know will be a fascinating tale. Persevere, and remember that all important HEA if you want to bring in the romance crowd.

  2. Nightingale // April 17, 2008 at 10:40 PM  

    Okay Beth, you stumped the band. What is HEA? And thanks, thanks, thanks for your kind comments. I always said I'd listen if Michael York read the phone book.

  3. Cheryl Kaye Tardif... // April 17, 2008 at 11:20 PM  

    WOW! This is great, Linda!

    I can't wait to read more. I can really picture your main character, very interesting angelic concept.

    P.S. I didn't know pink fuzzy slippers was a prerequisite for writers. I'll have to go buy me a pair. ;-)

    Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
    bestselling author of WHALE SONG

  4. Toni V.S. // April 19, 2008 at 11:32 AM  

    Linda, I liked this when I originally read it and now--I LOVE IT! You've really got something going this time!

  5. Toni V.S. // April 19, 2008 at 11:32 AM  

    Linda, I liked this when I originally read it and now--I LOVE IT! You've really got something going this time!

  6. Beth Trissel // April 19, 2008 at 9:09 PM  

    HEA is Happily Ever After. :)

  7. Mary Marvella // April 20, 2008 at 3:17 AM  

    He's my kind of Angel and Bad Boy combined.