Doing a little switch-a-roo and working on
'What Lies Beneath - Initium" for the last couple of days.
(Included a little excerpt below.)
I'll return to the other story in a while, but I have to take advantage of these ideas when they come,
or they'll be lost forever.
As a reminder, 'Initium' is the beginning - the relationship between Shane and Jeremy from their first meeting,
along with a bit of Jeremy's dark history.
Would love to have both of these finished by mid-summer, but we'll see how it goes!
As promised, the weather broke and Shane led the way to the river. Trying to keep up with the larger boy as they traveled the winding trails through the boreal forests proved a challenge, but he would never ask him to slow down. Instead, he struggled to stay on Shane's heels, his breath ragged as his heart beat with fierce determination to keep up.
As they neared the river, Jeremy heard the rush of water growing louder with each step. Shane's pace slowed and finally stopped. Coming to a breathless standstill beside him, he looked down and his eyes widened.
A few feet from where they stood, a cavernous trench slashed through the earth. On the other side of the deep ravine, the forest continued on, stark white birch skeletons intermingling with deep green spruce. Several yards below, the river raged, foaming white crests crashing against jagged brown and gray boulders protruding through the turbulent water.
When he spoke, the roar of the river muffled his voice.
"Well, what do you think?" Shane asked, his eyes dancing with enthusiasm.
Jeremy only vaguely heard him, fascinated by the natural spectacle directly before him. He drank in the sight of the bright blue sky; not a cloud littered the brilliant color before meeting the green treetops on the horizon. The crash of the river filled his ears, a soothing rumble lulling his senses. It wasn't until Shane bumped his arm that his attention was brought back.
"I said, what do you think?" he asked again.
When he finally looked away from the breathtaking view, Jeremy was smiling. "I've never seen anything like this."