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The January Untold Snippet

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

In the spirit of the New Year, thought we might have something new from Untold, and some lovely people seemed interested in where Angela and Holly were at.

K hope you guys enjoy you know I love you xoxo!


Angie’s living room was almost as intimidating as the parlor at Aurimere. It was white and clinical as a doctor’s office, if said doctor’s office had a fur rug on the floor and a sofa with gold curly legs.

Rusty was in the kitchen making tea and snacks. Angie was prowling about the room like an unhappy cat.

“I’m sorry,” Angela said at last, and sat down beside Holly. “I don’t know what to say to make it better. But I’m sorry.”

That already made it better: that Angie, who never pretended, was concerned. It made Holly feel special, in a way she never really had before. She saw Angie’s hand waver for a moment, then move toward Holly’s: Holly was glad for a moment.

Then she remembered and flinched back. Angela withdrew her hand.

“Can we just get it over with?” Angela demanded. “I want to be friends with you again, without all this weirdness. If you think I’m disgusting or something . . .”

Holly looked at Angie then, stricken. “Oh no,” she said. “No.”

“Then can I just say,” Angela began, and stopped, then started again. “I don’t want to say I’m sorry, as if a guy hitting on a girl is a compliment and a girl hitting on a girl is an insult that should be apologized for. I won’t try anything again. I obviously picked up cues that were not there; I don’t have any experience and I’m sorry that—”

“Cues?” Holly asked. She felt cold suddenly, as if she had been turned to ice and might shatter.

“What?” said Angela.

“You thought there were cues?” Holly asked. Her voice sounded cold, too. “You mean you thought there was a chance I might like you back . . . that way?”

There was a silence.

Angela said in a level voice, “I made a mistake.”

“Yes, you did!” Holly stood up, looking at anything but Angie. “I have to go home.”

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sentientcitizen
Jan. 7th, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
You are the worst. The worst the worst the worst. ARGH.
sarahtales
Jan. 7th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks. ;)
hollyxu
Jan. 7th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
Presented without context, this makes Holly look a bit of a jerk...

ALL THE HUGS FOR EVERYBODY!
sarahtales
Jan. 7th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
Well, snippets are of course always presented without context... but everyone's a jerk sometimes!
RobinReads
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
Poor babies! Love and youth are so confusing!
sarahtales
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, poor babies. :(
cosmic_llin
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
sarahtales
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
Alas, yes!
autumnflame
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
My sad is so great I must express it through cat images.

sarahtales
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
Aw, kitty!
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marici
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC)
Auugh. I really can't think of anything else that polite to say.
frabjouslinz
Jan. 7th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
I was right about the pain and suffering. RIGHT! Oh, Angela, poor baby. I want to give her a teddy bear.
ruthi
Jan. 7th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
*Hugs* to Angela!
*Hugs* to Holly, who will have to think about who she is, what she's doing, and who she likes! Those are hard thin[g|k]s.

Impatient foot-stompings to the author for being a terrible tease.
ExLibris_Kate
Jan. 7th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
I'm listening to the audiobook of The Demon's Lexicon right now and so, in my head, that snippet was read by James Langton. Is that weird?
foxglove_chant
Jan. 7th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
omg, HOLLY. HollyHollyHollyHollyHolly. I totally think I know what is going on in her mind. But I am not going to say =p

Also poor Angela! My god! You are so cruel to your characters, Sarah. To say nothing of your loyal readers.

Angelolly 4eva!
jengou
Jan. 7th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
Oh! I find this snippet very promising and uplifting!

If Holly were certain that she liked boys exclusively, I don't think she would've reacted that badly. I think there is doubt in her mind, and Angela's comment touched a nerve.

I am hopeful!
dejadrew
Jan. 7th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
Holly needs sense thwapped into her and a stern talking to. Not about the "admit you're totally hot for Angela" thing. She may be, she may not be, she may be gay, she may be straight, she may be any of the orientations lumped in to "none of the above." It is possible that she IS straight and incapable of returning Angela's affections. It happens.

But you do NOT react to the implication "I thought you might be a lesbian" as if it were a dire insult. Because it can only be an insult if you think that being a lesbian is BADDISGUSTINGWRONG. Which in this instance means that in spite of her protests, she thinks that what ANGELA is, is BADDISGUSTINGWRONG. Which NO. BAD HOLLY. NO BISCUIT.

Holly's turn to apologize, dammit.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 8th, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
I don't think that's what she was reacting to, though. The "cues" part seemed to be what got her...I suspect someone from her past got the wrong idea or claimed the same and it went badly. She seems fragile here, too. I also believe she's genuinely stricken when Angela says that. Maybe it has nothing to do with orientation at all. Or maybe you're right. I feel awful for Angela, either way.
carnilia
Jan. 7th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
SARAH. You know, you should hear the noise I just made because it is pure anguish, and you should be made to hear the suffering you cause! SUFFERING!


... more, please.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 7th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
I think- I think I just died a little.

Why? Why?! Oh the pain!
nykyo
Jan. 7th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
Angst!!! My beloved OTP. Angst!!! Ah! You! Evil woman!!! Bat still I can't resist: I love you and your caracters. And I'm still hoping... My beloved OTP!
(Ok, normaly I can be a lot more serious and rational then this, but this OTP drive me crazy)

Edited at 2013-01-07 09:23 pm (UTC)
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