Here’s an excerpt from one of the stories in LONNIE, ME AND THE HOUND OF HELL. This one isn’t a funny one. To read excerpts from all the stories in the collection, visit the Lonnie, Me and the Hound of Hell excerpt page.
excerpt from “Balance of Power”
by Marian Allen
“She’s a Creature.” Toby folded his more than six feet of tight muscle into a benign squat by her side.
“Poor thing.” Gwenna touched her again, with a gentleness the Creature had never known.
Shisha glistened in the dappled light of the woods, her silvery scales slightly iridescent even where the water had dried from them. Her cheeks showed a rosy tinge, as did her short hair, which stuck out in spikes. She had no breasts, no apparent sexual characteristics, but the roundness of her limbs and a slightly feminine shape to her body marked her as having been formed from a female of her species. She had no navel, no eyebrows, no nails on fingers or toes. She gazed from Toby to Gwenna and back, round grey eyes blinking with rosy lids, thin rosy lips parted to show two rows of tiny needle teeth.
“Fish.” Toby flicked a black-nailed finger toward the sides of Shisha’s neck. “Gills, you see?”
The Creature made a sound blended of hiss and click. Freshwater tears ran down the sides of her face, past her undersized ears.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Imagine a non-human animal turned into a humanoid. What would it look like? Sound like? Feel like?