Never Underestimate the Power of a Livid Sister.
I choked over my own words.
“Your family is coming?”
Merrick slapped a firm hand on my back as I hacked through a cough, nailing the spot between my shoulder blades with his blows. The obstruction cleared and I breathed a little easier.
“In twenty minutes.”
I set down a piece of black bread smeared with butter and stared at him. The wooden plate clattered.
“Tonight?” I squeaked.
He nodded, apology in his lovely eyes.
A quick glance down affirmed what I already knew—I was a mess. We’d just returned from a run. Before I dunked myself into the closest river and scrubbed it all off, I’d followed him to his room above Piccadilly Pub to gobble dinner. My ravenous stomach wouldn’t be waylaid.
Now, I regretted it.
Sweat stained my shirt and dirt caked my ankles. Though I hadn’t confirmed, I suspected a twig stuck out of my braid. The sticky feeling of damp sweat continued to linger on my skin. Merrick didn’t fare much cleaner or better-smelling, but he didn’t need to impress anyone.
He sighed in resignation. “Mother and her husband will be here in the morning. They gave me advanced notice. It’s Jacqueline that will be here in twenty minutes.”
“Why so soon?”
He ran a tongue over the top of his teeth. “The gods know, B, not me. Twenty minutes. Trust Jacqueline to be this difficult and unexpected.”
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The Sister is the first of four short stories that are prequels to WAR OF THE GODS, the final book in the Network Saga. Readers that want a little more Merrick—and his fiesty younger sister Jacqueline—will love this book.
Loved learning a little bit more about Merrick’s mom and sister and now I want to know more!
Oh my gosh I absolutely loved getting some time with Jacqueline and getting to know the family better. I really hope to get more on the new characters introduced.
We see a different side of Merrick’s sister in this prequel. You’ll love to see how she has come into her own. Member of the sisterhood - time will tell.
The whole idea of short prequel stories is fun and wonderful! In this one we meet Merrick’s sister and she and Bianca get to know one another. I can’t wait to see the role she plays in War of the Gods!!
Jacqueline is a great character! I love how adventurous she is, I can’t wait to see more of her and her troll hunter! The interaction between Merrick and Bianca is fantastic.