A girl to die for, and she’ll make sure you do.
Sometimes, they say, reading a book can bring out the beast in you.
But what if you brought out the beast in the book?
That’s what Samuel did when he read an old book. He brought out the most beautiful beast he had ever seen and he made it his girl—and what a girl. All the perfect parts of every perfect woman, blended into one figure.
Naturally, she killed him. For Samuel, and for those around him, things went rapidly downhill from there.
“Something wrong?” Angela's cool hands rubbed his shoulders. Samuel jumped. He hadn't realized she was standing right behind him. He turned to look at her and her arms slipped around his neck.
“I look terrible. I feel terrible. Maybe I'm not completely over the 'flu.”
Amusement flickered in Angela's deep black eyes. “You'll live for a while yet.” She tightened her arms, drew his face to hers and kissed him. Samuel responded, his hands moved around her waist and down, over her buttocks. Angela laughed and drew back. “Now, show me how this shower works.” She pulled away from his embrace, moving to inspect the bath and the exposed pipework leading upward from the taps. She tapped the bath. “Is this it?”
“No, that's a bath. You fill it with water and lie down in it.” Her quizzical look amused him, making him forget his aches and pains for a moment. “It's for getting clean.”
“So you won't smell as bad?”
Samuel tensed. He hadn't thought of it that way. One look at Angela's face told him it was an innocent question, not meant as an insult, but it cut him deeply all the same. It had been a few days since he last showered, so he must stink by now. His reply was muted. “Yes, that's the idea.”
Samuel glanced at his reflection in the mirror. If anything, he looked worse than he had before Angela kissed him. He really needed that shower. Moving past Angela, Samuel reached for the taps. He turned the shower valve on, sending thin streams of water into the bathtub. He looked up at her as he adjusted the temperature. “Want to join me?”
Her eyes grew wide. “It’s a rain machine.”
“I hadn’t thought of it like that, but I suppose it is.” Samuel tested the water with his hand, dropped his dressing gown to the floor and stepped into the shower.
“I haven’t seen rain for a long time.” She put her hand into the stream of water and gasped. “It’s hot! Hot rain.”