Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Narrow Escape”!

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Looking Out My Window”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting  “Narrow Escape” (MC FF)!

Martina had just planned to go visit her psych professor to ask a few questions about her final as the campus emptied out for summer break. But lucky for her, Julieta is right there to warn her about all the sinister things that Professor Trenton can do to young, vulnerable women with hypnosis. In very specific detail, as it happens. Here’s a taste:

Julieta looked…not sorry, exactly, but at least like she knew she had something to be sorry about. “Look, I can explain, okay?” she said, gesturing placatingly with the hand that wasn’t still holding Martina’s wrist in a firm-but-not-tight grip. “I just wanted to get you away from there before Professor Trenton heard us and came out to see what was going on.” Martina wondered if the other woman even noticed her attempts to pull free. It sure didn’t look like it.

“Why?” Martina asked, trying to remind herself that she didn’t have to freak out over this. Julieta wasn’t actually trying to hurt her, she just wasn’t letting go. “What the fu–” She sighed, forcing herself to calm down. It’s just like at the clinic, she told herself. Getting agitated never helps anything. “What did you think he was going to do? I just had a few questions about the final, that’s all. I screwed up a couple of questions, and I wanted to make sure I understood what I did wrong. It’s not like he’s going to flip out on me over that.”

Julieta’s dark brown eyes widened in incredulous amazement. “You really don’t know at all, do you? I mean, I thought you just didn’t believe it, but…what’s your major again? Pre-med?”

“Veterinary medicine,” Martina corrected sheepishly. “But I mean, it’s stuff I all know. My dad’s been a vet since before I was born, I’m just going to school to get the paper so I can take over the clinic when he retires. I was taking Psych 101 so I could…could…” She trailed into silence, unable to continue in the face of Julieta’s astonished stare.

Hope you enjoy it!

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