Rohan Quine, “The Host in the Attic” – chapter IV “First cruelty of addiction” – second sample – video
Soon they each settle down with a cocktail and a still-warm copy of the novel, and start reading.
From the speed with which they become engrossed, it is apparent what a voice Alaia Danielle has. Page 5 lies open on all their laps at almost the same time, then before long, page 10 and page 20. “Hmm, I don’t know,” says Marc. “It’s a bit febrile, wouldn’t you say?”
“It’s meant to be a bit febrile,” retorts Jaymi.
“OK,” says Marc, “I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt, for now. But I can’t help feeling she needs a good slap. And possibly a good poke too, while we’re at it.”
“Marc, please,” says Rik.
“Well, don’t you think it’s a bit febrile?” Marc asks him.
“There are a few breathless moments, perhaps, but let’s not blame the messenger for that. She’s just reflecting the world as she sees it. She’s clearly a sensitive flower.”
Marc grunts grudgingly, and they take up their pages again.
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