Sneak Peek Sunday is a weekly blog hop in which writers are challenged to post six paragraphs, no more and no less, from a published work or work in progress and then invite other writers, readers and random bloggers to read, critique and comment. Visit their site by clicking on the button below for a list of other participating writers and share the love! Today’s Sneak Peek is once again from Pool, as we learn more of the history of the mountain and the mine where Norah and her friends are staying. This scene will conclude with next week’s WeWriWa, which means I have to find something else to post. I have something a little special in mind…
“That is weird,” Norah said slowly, carefully. “But what makes you so sure it wasn’t, like, bears or…?”
The girl looked at her contemptuously. “That’s the thing about you people,” she said. “You always say, ‘Where’s the proof?’ just like it’s not all around you. There were sixty, seventy people up at there! How many bears do you think got hungry that night? Or maybe you think the bears buried the bodies?”
“It might have been claim-jumpers,” John said suddenly, behind her. She hadn’t heard him come up.
Now the girl sneered openly. “Luqi, yeah, claim-jumpers. Except that Hodel didn’t have a claim, he had a whole stupid mine, so jumping that might have been a little pointless, and plus, like I said, only the bodies were gone. Hodel’s cashbox was still in the paymaster’s office and there was lots of money and other stuff just lying around.”
“Yeah, whatever. Come on, Norah.” John slipped an arm around her and pulled her firmly away. “But maybe I should mention before we go that bears are a distinct possibility up there, and just so you know, I’m pretty inclined to shoot first and investigate later if I think I hear one.”
Norah looked apologetically backwards, but the sisters didn’t notice her at all. The older one was glaring at John’s back while the younger merely looked fretful.