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

Long have I promised an Unmade snippet, and been bribed with kittens and readers’ tears and all the things I enjoy for one, which is much appreciated!

So here it is.

It is hiiiiighly spoilery for the end of Untold. I’m just warning you. It’s also a little… it’s a little bit… it’s not right is what I’m telling you. I’m not right.

The last two times Rob Lynburn had opened the priest hole, Jared had tried to kill him.

The first time, Jared had tried to strangle Rob with his bare hands, and the second time he had used a weapon. There were not many weapons available when buried alive in a wall. The body of Edmund Prescott, twenty years dead, his fair hair turned white and brittle and hanging like spiderwebs in his gray sunken face, was all that Jared had.

Jared had shoved up Edmund’s sleeve, rotten and disintegrating under his hand. Underneath his clothes, Edmund’s body had shriveled to nothing but papery skin over bones. Jared tore the skin away and ripped a bone free out of the forearm.

He had spent some time—he did not know how long, time was hard to tell in this lightless trap—sharpening the bone against the stone wall of his prison. Hiding the bone in his sleeve, he waited.

Rob had lifted him out, and Jared had pretended to be more drugged than he was, head lolling, mumbling something about help and his mother. Rob had bent over him, almost seeming concerned.

Jared had whipped out his weapon and tried to plunge the bone into Rob’s throat.

He had caught Rob unawares. Some of Rob’s sorcerers had been with him and one had grabbed Jared’s arm, pulling it back, so the wound was shallow instead of the gaping hole Jared had planned. The next minute, Jared had been pinned to the floor by the sorcerers as he struggled and lashed out under their hands, Rob’s rage washing over him as magical pain.

Rob had taken hold of Jared’s hair and banged his head, rhythmically and sickeningly hard, against the stone floor.

“Very resourceful, my boy,” he’d said. “I’m impressed. Don’t try it again.”

They had left Edmund Prescott’s body in the priest hole with him, but Jared had not tried it again. They would be expecting it now.

The food they gave him was drugged with something that made him drowsy and his magic not work. At first he did not eat it, but it became clear the choice was eat drugged food or starve to death, and the food let the days slip by faster, filled them full of dreams.

He was sitting with his head against the wall, dreaming, when the priest hole opened, a pale square of light on the wall above him. He felt himself being dragged up by magic, back against the wall, helpless as a puppet on Rob’s string.

The light of day hurt his eyes: he squinted, dazzled, and in his blurry vision Rob’s face almost looked kind.

“How are you today, Jared?” he asked gently. “Ready to be a dutiful son?”

Jared was lying on the ground. He knew he must look pitiful, dirty from the grave below, not able to see or stand: he tried to raise himself on one elbow and could not quite manage it—the elbow kept slipping away from him.

“Yeah,” he grated out. “I’ll be a good boy. Don’t put me back down there.”

Sight and sound slipped out of his reach: the last thing he saw as his vision darkened was Rob’s proud smile.


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Apr. 17th, 2014 12:22 am (UTC)
I cannot wait for this book to be out!!!
Apr. 17th, 2014 12:24 am (UTC)
Hee, thank you. ;)
Renee Melton
Apr. 17th, 2014 12:48 am (UTC)
....ow. my heart.

Apr. 17th, 2014 12:53 am (UTC)
Thank you! Sorry heart.
Apr. 17th, 2014 12:51 am (UTC)

Come on, September.
Apr. 17th, 2014 12:53 am (UTC)
September's so recalcitrant.
Apr. 17th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
Poor Jared.
May. 14th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
Heh. ;)
Apr. 17th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
Awwww mannnnnn................ this book is gonna be hell because there won't be Jami from the very beginning to the very end....</3 Sarah, why???????????????
Apr. 17th, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
There could be tons of Jami. ;) Rob could pop her down there with him and they'd spend 100% of their time together...
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Apr. 17th, 2014 04:48 am (UTC)

I'm so looking forward to this book! (But also reluctant because then there won't be anymore.)
May. 14th, 2014 01:53 am (UTC)
Aw, I am so glad you are looking forward! I too am sad to be done with these people because I super love them.
Apr. 17th, 2014 09:15 am (UTC)
Aw! Jared spending quality time with daddy dearest. So sweet :)

Looking forward to release. (Also to Turn of the Story! *greedy*)
May. 14th, 2014 01:54 am (UTC)
More Turn of the Story has been supplied. As has family togetherness for the Lynburns. ;)
Apr. 17th, 2014 11:52 am (UTC)
I think...I think I have something in my eye.

Oh Jared....
May. 14th, 2014 01:54 am (UTC)
Probably your feelings. ;)
Ioana Popescu
Apr. 17th, 2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
You will give the whole book to us in this snipetty painful way?! September it's so far away, you could do it :D
Apr. 17th, 2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
My publisher might sue, but aside from that... ;)
Apr. 17th, 2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
I was so excited for a new snippet, but now! ...Heart ouchies
At least he wasn't totally conscious for the whole thing. Hey, silver lining!....? .... D:
May. 14th, 2014 01:54 am (UTC)
It's good to look on the bright side!
Apr. 17th, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
It hurts me so much, and yet I want it so badly. I think I have a problem. No, no, you have a problem. We all have this problem. Also, as I told you on twitter, I totally shouted "YOU DID NOT" out loud at the ... squicky bit. Good thing I was home, and not on the bus.
Apr. 18th, 2014 12:08 am (UTC)
'YOU DID NOT' is just what I like to hear. ;)
Apr. 18th, 2014 01:42 am (UTC)
...Torn between "oh no poor Jared getting his head beat up!" sadfeels and "Heeeeee buried alive Gothicky goodness! Classic! Hee hee hee!" genre nerd cackling. I might be a morbid person.
May. 14th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
I'm right there with you. GOTHIC TROPES! Sorry baby...
Apr. 19th, 2014 09:43 pm (UTC)
Oh poor Jared. Of course no one's found him by locator charms or anything, that's not how it gets to work, instead this twisted template of terrors... poor Jared
Apr. 22nd, 2014 01:22 am (UTC)
I feel the end of Untold gave people hope... that was wrong of me. ;)
Apr. 24th, 2014 07:31 am (UTC)
EVILEVILEVILEVIL why do you do this to us???? I wanted this, but ohhhh noooo
May. 14th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
Cos of evil, mainly. ;)
May. 6th, 2014 10:31 am (UTC)
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