Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Pledge by Gwynneth White EXCERPT THREE

EXCERPT THREE: Meet Caleb and Talitha . . .

Erin flicked her hair behind her ear and watched Caleb straighten his clothing.

He took a deep breath and entered the hut. They followed right after him, drifting

through the closed door as if it didn’t exist. Seth laughed, holding his hand up to Erin

for a high-five – until he noticed that Caleb’s Gefallen had also wafted into the cabin

with them. Even though he had no idea how to defend Erin from a ghost, he stepped

in front of her to protect her. But the wraith ignored them and sailed over to Caleb.

A tall, blonde-haired girl with almond-shaped brown eyes was waiting for

Caleb. For Erin, the recognition was instantaneous; it was Talitha. “She’s so


“She’s okay,” Seth replied, looking her over critically. “But I don’t think

Caleb’s here for her looks.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

“You said yourself that Caleb’s a good-looking guy. I bet he could have any

girl he wants around here.”

Erin frowned; then she smiled as understanding dawned. “So, in guy-talk,

you’re saying he loves her?”

Seth chuckled as he picked up Erin’s hand and put it on his heart. “Tell me

what you’re feeling?”

Erin gasped at a disconcerting pulse thrumming in Seth’s chest, over-riding

his own heartbeat. “It’s . . . no . . . It’s not possible.”

“I’ll bet it is. It’s Caleb’s heart beating.”

“How do you know it’s him? It could be Talitha.”

“It started the moment I saw him. It’s like it’s there to stop me denying that he

and I were once friends. And I was watching Talitha when he walked in. She smiled,

and it felt as if someone had just shot a thousand volts through him.”

“It’s amazing you’re so connected that you can feel him.”

Seth wasn’t so sure he agreed; it made being here just a little too real.

Erin felt her own heart and could faintly discern Talitha’s heartbeat; it was

nowhere near as strong as the thump in Seth’s chest, but then, she figured, she wasn’t

in denial the way he was.

They fell into silence as Caleb opened his arms to embrace Talitha. She

draped her arms around his neck, twisting the dark curls tumbling onto his shoulders.

He kissed the nape of her throat and ran his lips up her neck, over her chin to her


“This is awkward,” Erin murmured, looking away.

“You don’t say. All this way just to watch them making out.”


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