Early Bird Sneak Peek: “You Can’t Look Away”!

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–“Black Reign”, teased previously, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “You Can’t Look Away” (MC MF FD)!

Louis has agreed to help Tommi with a little experiment. It involves a spiral, and a comfortable chair, and hypnosis. Louis agreed because he has a crush on Tommi, but it never occurred to him that she might feel the same way. And that she might have decided to do something about it. Here’s a taste:

It wasn’t a suggestion. It couldn’t have been a suggestion, because Louis wasn’t hypnotized yet. Louis knew he wasn’t hypnotized yet, because his eyes were still open and he was still paying attention to every word Tommi said. He was sure he was paying attention to Tommi’s words, because Tommi just told him to keep staring at the spiral and following the lines around and down, deeper and deeper, and Louis remembered hearing it so he knew that he was still awake. So it couldn’t have been a suggestion, at least not a hypnotic one. Tommi was just reminding him to pay close attention to the spiral and not to let himself get distracted. By Tommi, probably.

Just thinking about Tommi almost made Louis glance over at her, but then he remembered that he was supposed to keep looking at the spiral and following the lines. He couldn’t help picturing her in his mind, though. Those warm, soulful brown eyes, so deep and dark that Louis couldn’t always tell where the iris ended and the pupils began. The adorable, pixie-cut brown hair that seemed to invite tousling and petting. That bright, dimpled smile set in that adorably pale face that always lit up the room whenever she grinned. She was probably smiling right now–he could hear it in her voice as she said, “That’s it, Louis. Just let the slow, twisting pull capture your gaze, pulling all your thoughts down to the heart of the spiral for me.”

Louis didn’t really know if it was working–his only real knowledge of hypnosis came from late-night channel surfing, cheesy old television shows and black-and-white movies left on as background noise during marathon cram sessions. They always featured pretty young women trailing off into silence as they gazed into flashing lights or spinning hypno-discs, becoming blank and empty and ready to be programmed to rob banks or poison Magnum, PI or something. Louis didn’t feel blank at all. He felt very aware of his body, acutely conscious of Tommi’s presence in the room. But he watched the spiral anyway.

Hope you enjoy it!

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