Scent and Shadow

by Mercy Loomis

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2011 by Mercy Loomis

Cover design by Mercy Loomis and Jon Conner

Images by Nicholas Monu /, Bernd Klumpp /,

and the community

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This is a work of fiction. Any references to historical events, real people, or real locales are used fictitiously. Other names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination, and any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead (or undead), is entirely coincidental.


Madison, Wisconsin

Friday, May 14th, 1999

The itch burned in the base of his skull, dangerously strong, as Gabriel Chapel watched his prey through the haze of cigarette smoke.

She sat at the bar with her back to him, her face in shadowed profile as she talked to her two friends. Gabriel had no trouble finding her scent amidst the smells of smoke and sweat and beer that permeated the place; the absence of his scent-mark on her was a provocation he found increasingly difficult to ignore. He stifled the need to get up, to go to her. It had been hard to wait, but he wanted her undivided attention when the time came, needed to keep the disruption to her schedule as unobtrusive as possible.

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