by Mercy Loomis

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2010 by Mercy Loomis

Originally published in Taste Test: Rainy Days and Mondays. Round Rock, TX: Torquere Press, 2010.

Cover design by Mercy Loomis. Phopgraphy by Lsantilli, Nicholas Piccillo, and Mary R Vogt.

Bonus stories:

When the Bough Rakes” copyright 2012 by Mercy Loomis

Pit Stop” copyright 2010 by Mercy Loomis

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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.


The blinding lights turned the rest of the bar into a mass of dark shadows and made it seem like they were alone in the place, but the cheers and applause from the tipsy audience frequently shattered that illusion. Derrick kept his eyes half closed most of the time, purring a low harmony into the microphone while his fingers picked out a thrumming counterpoint on the bass. Nate’s guitar sent out a string of high, fast notes that wove in and out of Derrick’s bassline, Nate’s rich tenor whispering threats to the audience through the speakers. It was their encore piece, and the crowd had earned it.

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