As promised the first chapter in Phoenix Rising shall be posted on January 7th, 2009 um.. I mean 2010 (I wish I could time travel, no wait, no I don't).
And here is a little excerpt from it.
Squeals of childish laughter rang out from between the houses.
“Get back here you little Rascal!” A woman’s voice yelled out from the back. “If you go into the street, I’ll,” her threat hung on empty air.
Curious, Sarah stepped away from the door and to the ally. She was just in time to see a half naked boy streak up the alley. He pulled up short at the sight of Sarah and stared up at her. She looked down at him.
“What’s your name?” the little boy asked, oblivious to the fact he had no pants on, though his shirt covered him completely.
“That’s a girl’s name,” he stated in such a mater of fact manner that Sarah had to laugh.
“That’s because I am a girl.”
“No you’re not,” he stated.
“I’m not?” Sarah was amused. “Why not?”
“Girls don’t wear pants.” He stomped one foot for emphasis.
Sarah turned to see a woman, clearly out of breath, standing in the doorway. The little boy, who must be Ryan, scampered past Sarah.
“Get to your bath now, or Gods help me I’ll tie you up and leave you out in a rain storm.”
Sarah knew that tone of voice well. It was the voice of a parent extended past patience. Like Sarah and her brothers, when they heard that tone and saw that look, Ryan was immediately remorseful.
“Yes ma-ma.” He dejectedly walked back into the house.
The woman closed her eyes and took a deep breath. Sarah smiled. The woman’s eyes opened and when she spoke her tone was much friendlier.
“Now, what can I do for you?”