Teaser from a different WIP this week! This one’s a Regency Romance novella. (Anyone who has read RETURNING THE FAVOR may recognize the character ^_^)
Two hours later, Matthew wheeled his chair down the dirt path to the front door of the only tavern in the village, the Virtuous Thief. A soft yellow glow emanated from the windows and he could hear raucous laughter and cheerful chatter through the wooden door.
Tonight. It had to be tonight.
He leaned forward, reaching for the knob. His fingers grazed the cool metal. He rolled closer, but the front wheel slammed against the door and pushed him back, further out of reach. Matthew gritted his teeth and pounded a fist on the armrest.
Dammit! No. Tonight he would prove that he was still a man.
Angry and grunting, Matthew spun his chair sideways, pushed open the door and wheeled backwards into the establishment. A sweat broke out on the back of his neck as all conversation ceased as it usually did when he entered a room full of strangers. He felt their eyes boring into the back of his neck; he could almost see their mouths pulling down in sympathetic frowns. His face impassive, Matthew found a table in the corner and ordered a large bottle of whiskey, no glass.
I’m not drowning…yet.
Priscilla Shay 2013