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All Manner of Badness

I'm awfully sorry this cookie is not on the ninth as usual! I was at the Romantic Times convention in LA, and our internet was very, very sketchy.

I have also received all the Promotion Notion entries and am dazzled and amazed! I have some agonisingly difficult decisions before me...

LA was lots of fun, from getting to meet lovely people at Book Soup (some of whom gave me brownies!), to Holly Black's Red Glove and Cassandra Clare's City of Fallen Angels fancy midnight opening at which I wore a shirt proclaiming my love for Holly Black's evil brothers, to all of my adventures at the convention. Doing impressions of various books, standing on chairs, stealing other authors' watches, you know how it is.

We had several wonderful panels at Romantic Times, one of which was on Bad Boys and their role in fiction, and we got to talking about Bad Girls and the way they usually came to bad ends, and one charming lady had read my books and asked if Sin was a Bad Girl. ;) And I had to say yes, I guessed she was. She and Nick, as seen in the cookie below, really do have a lot in common...

Hope you enjoy!


There was a roof garden on top of Nick and Alan’s building. A roof garden where they grew cigarette butts and concrete.

Sin bounded up the couple of steps to where Nick stood outlined against the chilly steel-blue sky.

He’d pulled off his shirt and thrown it on the ground: Sin noticed the flex of muscles in his arms and chest as he feinted, lunged, and withdrew. They’d lost a good dancer there.

They’d lost a better one with her. Sin cast off her own shirt and began to warm up wearing jeans and her sports bra, doing some shoulder rolls and ankle circles, and then started on hip flexes. With her knee on the floor and her arms over her head, she pushed her hips forward and counted heartbeats.

When she switched to the other leg, Nick tapped her on the back of her knee with his sword. Sin glanced at the talisman, glinting and swinging from his bare chest, and up to the challenging curl of his mouth.

She grinned back and he swung, and Sin bent over backwards on her palms to avoid the blade. It cut through the air, the edge skimming an inch above the line of her hips. Sin rolled away as Nick’s sword lifted, and then dodged as he swung. She went weaving around the silver blur of his blade, rolling over and under it, capturing it in the arch of her arms and leaping over the bright barrier.

“Stop dancing around,” Nick said, baring his teeth at her.

She let her arms dip low, crossed at the wrist, as the blade flashed forward. She caught the blade just above the hilt, just before the point touched her stomach.

She grinned back at him. “I never do.”

They disengaged and she spun away: he lifted the sword and she swung out from it, her fingertips on the blade as if it was her partner’s hand. The cold air felt good against her hot skin now, and her muscles were all singing to her.

Nick advanced on her, bringing his sword up and around. Sin did a split and sprang back to her feet when the sword had already passed her. Sin retreated a step, and the inside of Nick’s arm hit the small of her back.

He stopped and looked down at her, as if he had only just noticed she had turned his sword practice into their dance.

There was a flash above them, almost like a spotlight. Standing out against a pale empty sky, with not a cloud or a murmur of thunder, was a brilliant silent stitch of lightning.

They both stood staring at it for a moment, their faces lifted.

“Did my phone ring while you had it?” Nick asked.

Sin said: “Yes.”

“I have to go,” Nick told her. He disengaged and went for the steps down to his flat, sheathing his sword as he went.

He left Sin with his shirt at her feet and her head tipped back to stare at the sky.

Only a magician could send a sign like that.

She was still staring when Nick’s phone went off in her back pocket.

Sin answered warily, waiting for magicians, and got a reminder that she had plenty of problems that were all her own.

The woman at the occult bookshop, the one with the worried voice who’d asked her if she was quite sure, had clients lined up for her already.

“You don’t have to do this,” she said.

Sin said, “I’m on my way.”

She met Mae and Alan coming into the flat.

Mae frowned. “Is this no-shirts festival day?”

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katelinnea
Apr. 12th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
Eeeee! I am ridiculously excited about this given that I have the book. But still! No-shirts festival day! I love it!

My favorite line:
"He left Sin with his shirt at her feet and her head tipped back to stare at the sky."
sarahtales
Apr. 12th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
It is true you have to wait for the Covenant paperback release short story to get new stuff...
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elucreh
Apr. 12th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
Well, that was...terrifying...
sarahtales
Apr. 12th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
Was it? *amused* I hoped all the shirtlessness would soften the blows.
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hakkai_duo
Apr. 12th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Shirtless!Nick is almost better than Wet!Nick. Wet!Nick has to take the cake though.....mmm wet!Nick.

My excitement for the book grows everyday. I can't wait for it to come out, It will be the highlight of my year!
badblood
Apr. 12th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
Sinnnnnnn! I wish for Sin to be half-naked for the entire book. But, I will just take what I can get ;)
sarahtales
Apr. 12th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
It happens more than once. I figured those who like the ladies are due, and Sin is, like Nick, not really body-conscious. (Except in the sense of 'conscious they have awesome bodies.')
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bredalot
Apr. 12th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite things about River in Firefly is how her fighting is basically dancing that just happens to connect with people's heads really hard. (Thanks, Summer Glau's ballet training!) This is also super-cool here, even though I'm terrible at visualizing action scenes.

I also love Mae's last line. That sounds like a fun festival!
katelinnea
Apr. 12th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
I think we should make it an official festival day and make whichever characters we like take off their shirts that day.
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(Anonymous)
Apr. 12th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
Made my day!
oneminutemonkey
Apr. 12th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm, cookies.
hollyxu
Apr. 12th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Sin's not dancing anymore? Sarah, what happened??
sarahtales
Apr. 12th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
Some stuff. ;)
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one_song_for_me
Apr. 12th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
Omg I love Sin <3. I can't believe she's not dancing anymore :(. There is NO dancing without her in my opinion. Also, I love the prospect of a shirtless Nick.
sleepinbeast
Apr. 13th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
This comment made me think of "PINA - the film". It's a collage about Pina Bausch, an important German director and choreographer. Wim Wenders made this film about her works, the tag line is a quote – "Dance, dance, else we are lost!"

This is the trailer (English version), which sums up the film very well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4oCNsJHJDA

The dancing is quite different from the way Sin and Nick dance, but probably similar in its intensity.

Sarah, thank you very much for the cookie! I'm so looking forward to June :D
elvenjaneite
Apr. 12th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
EEEEEEEE! I am excite!

Also, the more I hear from Sin, the more I see that she is made of Awesome.
foxglove_chant
Apr. 13th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
Ooooh. I love the imagery. Also I just watched an episode of True Blood and I am totally picturing Tara as Sin. Um ... Rutina Wesley, imdb informs me.

Photo: http://www.butterflyeyes.com/media/faces/rutina-wesley.jpg

And another photo because I get excited: http://www.moviedeskback.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/True-Blood-Rutina-Wesley-as-Tara.jpg
blackoakdreams
Apr. 13th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
It was very nice to meet you at Book Soup! I found the talk before the signings to be very interesting and informative, and only wish I had not missed half of it due to traffic. But, hey, I know now marines are the best possible tools for blocking out action scenes.

Are you having a book release party for Surrender as you did for Covenant? And if so, about when? Or are the details still very much not firmed?
lucero41
Apr. 13th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
Can't wait for Demon's surrender although it means no more Nick and that is too much to bear also, I have mixed feelings...
the_glow_worm
Apr. 13th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
I hope it's not too presumptuous to ask for one of the demons (not Nick, unless he's being even more terrifying than usual) for the next cookie? I do love them. I think they're my favorite minor characters! Now that Annabelle's dead, anyway T_T
sarahtales
Apr. 14th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
Not at all! Hmmm. Sin is most concerned with Liannan, and Anzu is most concerned with Sin... *taps chin thoughtfully*
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lisakawall.blogspot.com
Apr. 13th, 2011 05:39 am (UTC)
Love the dance. Love the hot, hot characters. (Love that I still find Alan the hottest even after this scene...)

My sister won an advance copy of Surrender last week, and I can't wait to borrow it.
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