Today we are over the moon to bring you an exclusive Quickie scene from Charlotte Stein, whose latest Under the Skin novel, Forbidden, came out in January.
Last month, we asked you to offer suggestions (“prompts”) as inspiration for a short original scene, and you blew us away with a ton of great prompts.
Newsletter subscribers got the first sneak peek, but the full scene is now available all site visitors on February 13 as a special birthday treat from us to you!
Here is the prompts she chose for (with thanks to everyone who left a suggestion, because there were so many fantastic options):
- A shared love of zombie films (by MFrampton)
- Female boss, male secretary (by Super Wendy)
- A naughty story found on a kindle (by lauralee1912)
Without further ado, here is Charlotte Stein's H&H Quickie, “Elevator to Hell.”
I think he believed that I would stick to the story he wanted to show me. And I should do, really. It seems so unfair to go beyond the pages of Sleeping On The Abyss, when he specifically leant his Kindle to me so I could read it. But the thing is, once I have it in my hands something just happens to me. I get all itchy on the inside and my heart starts to bang really forcefully against my ribcage. Suddenly I can barely concentrate on the book, despite how desperately I wanted to take a look.
He made it sound so good—zombies and shopping malls and men with really angry moustaches. I can never resist men with really angry moustaches, and especially not when they’ve been combined with zombies. I even told him that very thing, then braced myself for derisive laughter that never actually came.