Excerpt from Flying in Shadows

     
     Walking in the dark, Andy readjusted his tackle box. Moonlight shone on the dark ripples creeping down Black Creek. He spotted a raccoon as he crossed the bridge. Startled, the animal hissed at him. Andy stomped his foot and hissed back; he was in no mood for it.
     In his peripheral vision, he saw movement. Larger movement. A man? The shape disappeared as quickly as Andy imagined it. When you let yourself get this worked up, you start seeing things, he chided himself.
     He needed Rose.
     She would calm him down and lighten his mood, help him feel normal again. He looked at his watch and winced. What were friends for if you couldn't count on them to be there? Even at this time of night. Or morning.
     * * *
     Rose slept soundly in her twin bed dreaming of her favorite spot at the zoo. In the small rain forest building, she allowed a newly emerged monarch butterfly to dry its wings on her apron while sharing facts about the insect to one of two visiting young boys. The other threw pebbles into the nearby wishing pond. The sound of the small rocks plunked as they hit the stone wall before dropping into the water.
     Oh, crap. She woke and sat up straight. The plunking noise came from outside, not in her head.
     Heart in her throat, she ripped off her blankets and hustled across the hard floor to the window. It was still pitch-black out.
     Grabbing the flashlight she always kept on the windowsill, Rose paused for moment. It had to be Andy, but...
     She found a familiar shadowed form with the beam, then hissed loudly. "Andy! I thought you didn’t get home until tomorrow."
     "It is tomorrow." He held up fishing poles and tackle box.
     "It's not tomorrow until the sun comes up." Tugging on a pair of jeans, Rose smiled wildly to herself. This reaction she had to Andy Reed had to stop. It was not healthy.
     "I've got the worms." he called. "Get down here."
 
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