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Happy Birthday, Clandestine originally appeared in Alien Skin Magazine.


Happy Birthday, Clandestine

60083093_249674a67c He led her down the rough, pine board stairs. A spicy mixture of herbs, incense, and old dirt perfumed the air.

“What have you gone and done this time?” She squeezed the arm of her shaman lover, anxious for the surprise he promised.

“I hope you will like it.” He stroked the length of her chestnut tresses and she shivered.

Her bare feet touched the cool, earthen floor, and she fiddled with the black silk blindfold, willing him to take it off with her eager thoughts. “I’m sure I will.”

A humming, thick and low, poured up through the terra firma and into her feet.

“Have you modified it?” She cocked her head and listened while he removed the scarf from her eyes.

“I bought a new one for your birthday.”

He kissed her forehead and the loose skin there moved beneath the motion of his lips. She pushed him away with a half-hearted hand. The decay of her flesh disturbed Clandestine.

“Oh,” her sadness dashed as her eyes focused, “you painted it.” She kissed him. “How thoughtful, darling.” Running her hand along the length of the freezer, she admired its fresh ebony surface. “It is beautiful.” He’d added golden moons with passive faces, and stars as well.

The shaman wrapped his arms around her waist, and a bit of inner meat pulled free from her ribs. “I’m glad you like it.”

Freeing herself of his touch (it only renewed the memory of her death and impatience), she turned and cupped his face. “I’ll sleep like a queen.”

His smile held melancholy as he took her hands in his. “Shall we open it then?”

She sighed, and a hollowness in her chest argued with her need for regeneration.

“Yes.” Bending her head, she kissed the tips of his fingers. “I think it’s time.”

He moved in front of her and peeled the lid back. A gust of wet, frozen air lifted and brushed against her face.

“I am … a year older.” Coming closer, she wrapped her fingers around the lip of her chamber and stared down at the bed of waiting ice.

He nodded, and she noticed the tears he would not shed.

“It means a year longer,” he closed his eyes and took a breath before he continued, “spent in slumber.”

She knew he was trying to hide the pain from her — such a bittersweet arrangement they had.

“I know.” Kissing the point of his hawkish nose, she left a bit of rosy-lip-turned-grey on the tip of his aristocratic profile. She tried to wipe it off, but he stopped her.

“Leave it, please?” His voice wavered enough to break her sluggish heart.

He helped her into the resurrection tank and she settled into a comfortable position. He zippered her into the body bag quilt, tucking the metal tab securely under her chin.

“It will seem like only a day.”

“Yes.” He laughed sadly, while he traced the hole in her cheek with a slow, lingering finger. “Only a day.” The lazy circles he made tickled her exposed jawbone.

“I’ll dream myself as a redhead this time.” She grinned and closed her eyes, unable to keep them open a moment longer. “Would you like that?”

“Very much.” The darkness behind her eyelids deepened as the lid descended. “Happy Birthday, Clandestine.”


Copyright 2004 – 2016 Louise Bohmer. All rights reserved.

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Hey folks,

September was a bit crazy with our move and dealing with Bell Aliant in the great internet and phone capers, but I’m back online (yay!) and catching up in various areas. We’re so happy to be living in Moncton! While I love the country, I admit I missed the convenience of life in a small city. That and there’s a lot of maintenance (which means more money spent) involved in rural life. At least, this was our experience. Sure the people above us sound like a small herd of elephants somedays, but I still love our little apartment and am happy to be here.

Anyway, enough babbling. On to the cover reveal for The Black Act Book 4: Witch Twins Rebellion. I will have this released by the end of September.

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And don’t forget you can grab Book 1: Witch Twins Born for free at Amazon US, Amazon CA, Kobo, and Smashwords, or you can download the PDF here on The Black Act page. Thanks for making it #5 in Fantasy / Coming of Age, #7 in Sword & Sorcery, and #19 in Fairy Tales! It’s appreciated.

Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets and Book 3: Witch Twins Cursed are now available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords for under $1! Click the links here to grab your copies, or click the book covers below for more details and a full list of buy links.

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Hey folks,

Hope August is being good to you. We’re in the middle of a move, so we’re up to our armpits in boxes and newspaper. It’s amazing what you find when you move, and it’s amazing how much junk you throw out that you forgot you had. Moving also accomplished something else: it reminded us how little we dust, which isn’t good considering hub’s allergies. But we both hate dusting, so it’s a job we draw straws over.

Anyway, on to more book news. Here’s the cover reveal for The Black Act Book 3: Witch Twins Cursed. Feast your eyeballs below.

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This will be released in late August, and don’t forget you can grab Book 1: Witch Twins Born for free at Amazon US, Amazon CA, Kobo, and Smashwords, or you can download the PDF here on The Black Act page. Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets is now available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords for under $1! Click the links here to grab your copies, or click the book covers below for more details and a full list of buy links.

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Hey readers!

Just popped in to let you know The Black Act Book 1: Witch Twins Born is now free at Amazon. Click the highlighted text here or the book cover below to grab a copy now. Thank you bunches for helping me get the book free over there, folks. I’d hug you all if I could. It’s sitting at #37 in fairy tales. Whoop with me!

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Keep watching for a sneak peek at the cover for Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets coming soon!

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Hey folks,

I hope June is treating you all great wherever you are. Things have been wet here, but the sun is fighting back and we’re getting some nice weather now. Also, I finally posted pics of Abigail, the new puppy, over at FB. Take a peek here if you like.

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And The Black Act page is now live. Click the highlighted text to visit it now. The first book is up there, plus an excerpt, the old book trailer and cover from the original release, and faery inspiration pics. You can also click on the banner below to visit. I’ll soon be adding a PDF of the first book you can download.

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In the next couple weeks, I’ll be posting a sneak peek at the cover for Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets. I’ve also spruced up my FB author page with the book cover and banner for the new release. Click the highlighted text to take a peek and like the page.

Thanks again for the downloads and sales, readers! It’s greatly appreciated.

Also, don’t forget that Witch Wars: Anti-Heroes Book 6 is coming soon! And it will be an explosive conclusion to our adventures with the Anti-Heroes.

Now I’m off to eat Indian food and drink coffee. Have a good one, folks!

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