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THE VERY LAST UNTOLD SNIPPET

Originally published at Sarah Rees Brennan. You can comment here or there.

Untold’s out next month, which is very very soon, so here, my lovelies, is the last Untold snippet…


“The way Jared talked about having a source,” Ash said softly, “it sounded nice. Never being lonely again. Having someone to support you.”

Kami was becoming familiar with the feeling of desolation that came upon her now, turning her cold even while her cheeks still burned. She wished she had never learned to understand loneliness, and that Ash had not brought it up.

Where are you? she asked Jared in her mind, sending love and loneliness and fury at him, contradictory emotions that she could not express in words. They used to be able to understand each other, even when they made no sense.

Sometimes she could not stop herself from speaking to him like this, even though he would never hear her again.

“‘Nice’ is not exactly how I would describe it,” Kami replied, and was horrified to hear her voice shake. The corners of her eyes burned, and she was even more horrified to see a teardrop fall on the brown cover of her book.

“A lot of power comes with being a source,” Ash said. “Maybe enough to help turn the tide against my father.”

“It didn’t help much against him when we had it, and we don’t have it anymore.” Kami’s voice was not friendly. “We have to do without it.”

“Maybe not,” said Ash.

“What do you mean?” Kami asked. “Is—is there a way to get the link back?”

If they had to reestablish the link to save other people, to save the whole town. If they had to.

“Sort of,” Ash replied. Kami stared at the closed book and the wood grain in the surface of the table. “You broke the link with Jared,” Ash went on, as if she didn’t know that. “There’s no way to make another link, once broken, without more power than any sorcerer has unless he or she completes the Crying Pools ceremony.”

Kami looked up. “He’s not trying that again!”

When Ash saw her face, he let out a low exclamation, got up from his chair, and rushed over to her side. He went on his knees on the stone floor beside her chair, fingers light against the side of her face. Ash never had any trouble touching her. His fingers lingered, as if he liked to do it.

“Kami,” he said, “you’re crying.”

“No, I am not,” Kami lied. “I got something in my eye.”

“You got something in your eye.”

“Yes. Possibly a speck of dust,” Kami said, and broke down. “All right, possibly my feelings.”

Ash smiled a little, sympathetically and tentatively, until she smiled too.

“You don’t understand what I’m asking you,” he murmured. “It has nothing to do with Jared. He is not the only sorcerer in Aurimere.”

“What—” Kami began, but before she could form the question properly in her mind, he had answered it.

“You and I could do the spell together. You and I could save the town together. You could be my source.”

Comments

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o_cesario
Aug. 29th, 2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
OH NO HE DIDN'T.
sarahtales
Aug. 29th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
OH YES HE DID. ;)
o_cesario
Aug. 29th, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
I mean in my heart of hearts I can't see her going along with it because the whole point of her breaking the link with Jared to my mind is KAMI IS HER OWN WOMAN HEAR HER ROAR and Ash is like this sweet kind super sexy blond temptation to which she will not succumb but JESUS CHRIST SARAH.
sarahtales
Aug. 29th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
But to save the town, you see. For the GREATER GOOD.
o_cesario
Aug. 29th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
AAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!
tieleen
Aug. 29th, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaaaand now I'm scared of Ash. Damn you, Sarah.
tieleen
Aug. 29th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
(But in a fond, ooh-can't-wait kind of way. But still. Damnation.)
sarahtales
Aug. 29th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
Sweet lad. Hardly murderous at all. ;)
foxglove_chant
Aug. 29th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
I agree: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

And oh my poor Kami. I love her so much. I love her trying to hide her crying and I love her admitting it and I love love love her hope and despair regarding the broken link and the possibility of of regaining it. I love her.

Can has book noaw plz? >_
sasami_takarai
Aug. 29th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
I CAN HEAR NOTHING BUT THE SOUND OF MY OWN INTERNAL SCREAMING NOW
cacata
Aug. 30th, 2013 12:54 am (UTC)
Please Jared, stop this madness!
elucreh
Aug. 30th, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
I hate you SO MUCH
areth_lovejoy
Aug. 30th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
Holy Hannah, Sarah! Nooooo! Don't do it, Kami. It will only end in an ocean of tears. (Who are we kidding? No matter what happens, this book can only end in an ocean of tears.)
whitneywrites
Aug. 30th, 2013 07:21 am (UTC)
Ugggghhhhh. Really, Ash? That is what you chose to do in that moment? Such a complex character that I can't even rightly call you a self-serving ass because you actually maybe probably care for Kami and tie in the whole saving the town bit. Dammit. And Kami. *sigh* You think about Jared. A severing seems so much harder than you prepared for, and if you had to reestablish a link to save the town, you would perhaps feel much better about missing the link in the first place, huh? Dear sweet girl, you are my heart.

I love you and hate you, Sarah (love being the heavier one).**

Also fuck everything in the month until, the duration of, and the moments/days/months after reading Untold. I feel the tears building already. All the feels just waiting to come out. If anyone else will be in a severely broken state Post-Untold, I vote we start a support tumblr together. We will need it for sure. :)

**Srsly, Sarah. You are one of the best writers in YA. The cleverness and layers and realness you bring to the characters you write astounds me every time, and then you slay me with all the words that I still taste months and years after (not to even fucking mention the amazeballsness of your themes and your commitment to story). Thank you, thank you, thank you. Cannot wait for Untold. :) Cheers!
jengou
Aug. 30th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
Oohhhhh, what a frosty, beautiful scene! Nearly makes me want to save reading this for winter (of course I will devour the book in a day, and have heartache forever). So much love for Kami and Jared! I don't see how Ash thinks he has a chance!

Ash as a character makes sense, but I felt from quite early on that he is a bit slimy! Maybe because he is so good looking, and because he always says the right things at the exact time when the person he is speaking to is at his or her most vulnerable! But I am nevertheless very interested in how he develops into a man (if he escapes the burying alive, I have a feeling it will be him!).

Love your writing Sarah, I wait with abated breath for the release date :D
katzell
Aug. 30th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
And then Jared finds out they had this little chat - either because he is currently eavesdropping or someone says something damning later - and he goes and does something self destructive, probably something like drowning in the lake.

At home, your poor reader Katie hurls her book across the room, whimpers, then picks it up, strokes it apologetically, and continues reading.

"Don't worry," she tells herself, "when I make all my friends read this, they will share in my agony."
kamalloy
Aug. 30th, 2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
“Yes. Possibly a speck of dust,” Kami said, and broke down. “All right, possibly my feelings.”

This line.

THIS. LINE.

Oh, Kami, I want to give you all of the hugs.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 30th, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
So I just literally flailed and then sat there breathing heavily. At work. In public.

I BLAME YOU, SARAH.
anait
Aug. 31st, 2013 01:36 am (UTC)
Go, Ash!

But YIKES. :D
(Anonymous)
Aug. 31st, 2013 10:33 am (UTC)
Don't trust him Kami!! Ash is too charming and kind of a lair. Do you really want him knowing your thoughts?
It took awhile for Kami and Jared to learn to filter what the other felt. Ash won't have the filter right away. It won't be the same. He wont know her.
He could be using kami.
2amconversation
Sep. 2nd, 2013 10:37 am (UTC)
Sooo.....When's book 3 out? :D
Untold was awesome.
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