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The Untold Snippet You Voted For

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

I just had some super-fabulous news about Unspoken, and since it is all down to you, beauteous readers, I decided to give you a snippet of Untold! I put up a poll on tumblr and ‘A Kissing Scene’ won by miles, because you are all saucebuckets.

Your wish is my command. Spoilers, of course, and THANK YOU!


Holly leaned against the bar. At the same time, Jared came over and dumped his empty tray. There was snow on the ground, but he had the sleeves of his shirt rolled up past his elbows and a couple of buttons undone. He looked overheated and overtired, and aside from that, Holly didn’t know if he was feeling anything at all. He wasn’t like Ash: he was like the other Lynburns, with faces cold as stone and eyes cold as steel.

There was a splash of what seemed to be lime cordial on his open collar. When he dumped the tray, he pushed his hair back and looked at Holly. “You look like you could use a real drink,” he said indifferently.

“Please,” Holly responded.

Jared leaned over the bar and tipped some whiskey into Holly’s glass. Holly drank it.

“Thanks.” Holly looked up from her drained glass to Jared’s eyes. She realized he was looking at her with a certain consideration.

There was no sweet curl to his sullen mouth, no excitement and no nervousness betrayed. He looked just like she felt: as if he would do anything to feel differently than the way he did now. His eyes were beacon-bright. He looked like driving too fast down a dark lane.

Holly met his eyes, and did not look away. Jared put his hand out over the corner of the bar and drew her slowly toward him. She let him do it because nothing about his demeanor suggested that he would care if she pulled away.

“I can’t hurt you,” she asked. “Can I?”

Jared murmured, as if he was telling her a secret: “You’re welcome to try.”

Then she was flush against his body, the corner of the bar digging sharp into her back and his warmth going through her, turning into heat.

Jared leaned forward and set his mouth against hers. The kiss turned deep almost instantly, his hands clenched in the curly weight of her hair. The noise and lights of the bar faded away to a buzz in her ears, light dying behind her closed eyelids.

When the kiss broke apart, Holly’s mouth was stinging and she was staring up at him.

Jared looked down at her. “Want to go up to my room?”

Holly said, “Yes.”

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dragonkiri
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
Oh my god.
sarahtales
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Someone on twitter just said 'AHHHHHHH.' ;)
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melusinahp
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
But, but, but... Kami! *freaks out*

dragonkiri
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
And Angela! D: D: D:
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carnilia
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
OMFG YESSSSSSSSSS IT'S HORRIBLE AND WONDERFUL AT THE SAME TIME

Seriously, 1/3rd of me is like "No, my feelings!" 1/3rd is like "Glorious pain!" and 1/3rd is like "Hot. Hot. Hot kisses yes please thanks."
sarahtales
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
I hoped people would feel one of the three. Three for three's good too. ;)
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Shanella Ramlall
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
Oh ... WELL NOW.
sarahtales
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
Indeed. ;)
dramaturgca
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
Well, aren't you lovely?

(@bardic_lady from Twitter)
sarahtales
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
One word for me. ;)
cosmic_llin
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh *tears hair out*
sarahtales
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
Everybody seems upset.

... probably because of that thing I did... ;)
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frabjouslinz
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
OOOohhhhOOOOhHHHH! So exciting and naughty and fabulous! I loves me a good complication. :) Thanks for the snippet! So ... (calculates) 10 months to wait? Oh, time is cruel.
o_cesario
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
Oh heck yes.
alioli
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
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But Angela! And Kami! I am always happy that Jared gets action, though. <3

:))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Edited at 2012-10-25 09:39 pm (UTC)
alioli
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Also, hott. But you knew that already. :D
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pottermockingj
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
!!!! So many feelings!!
(Anonymous)
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Yay, for hot kissing!! But... :( for you know why. Such confusion in my heart!
martinemonster
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
Nice! Very nice!

Worth the spoiler.
kt1171
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
I was NOT prepared for this..............
amori_maris
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
GAH!!! This was not a thing to read on my phone during a meeting...I need to flail and make noise to express my feelings but I do not think that will go over well with my managers...

You are a beauteous and evil creature. I love you.

Edited at 2012-10-25 09:47 pm (UTC)
a_taller_tale
Oct. 25th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
WHOA.
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