A little snippet - 48,224 (wp) 59,500 (pr)
Wednesday, May 02, 2007, 1:09 AM
So, I decided to share the last paragrpaghs of the chapter, just cos I like them. To set the scene, Fegan and his new friend (Romantic interest? Possibly ...) have fled Belfast and holed up in a remote fishing village. They have been taken pity on by a friendly couple (based on dear friends of mine) who share a cottage overlooking the sea...
Marie insisted that Fegan and she do the dishes while Mrs Bell put her feet up. They were alone at the sink, passing soapy plates back and forth.
"I've been thinking about it," said Marie. "I'm going to trust you because I've no choice. You're the only person I know who's prepared to stand up to McGinty."
"I won't let him hurt you," said Fegan.
"So you keep telling me. But what does that mean? When will it be safe to go home? How long do we stay in Cushendun? These people are so kind, but we can't impose on them forever."
Fegan added a plate to the dried stack on the worktop. "I'll go to Belfast today. I'll sort it out."
"How?" Marie turned to face him. There were no more dishes, only questions. "How are you going to sort it out?"
"There's people I have to see," said Fegan. "By tomorrow, you won't have to worry."
Her eyes would not leave him. "What are you going to do?"
"I'll sort it out," he said.
"No. I need to know what you're going to do. Tell me."
Fegan dried his hands and threw the towel on the drainer. He gripped Marie's shoulders with his wiry hands. "I'm going to do whatever it takes to make sure you and Ellen are safe. That's all."
Her eyes danced with his. "All right. Whatever it takes, and that's all. Nothing more."
Fegan nodded, and lifted the towel from the drainer. He felt her hand on his forearm.
"And nothing less," she said.
He turned to her hard eyes. "I'll need your car."