I missed a day yesterday, I was thinking about the Boys, but I didn't actually write anything.
I took off Monday through Thursday with the idea that I could finish the book and get some Christmas decorating done, BUT I ended up painting and stuff because our first floor renovation isn't done YET.
We are THIS close to being done enough to bring up the tree and stuff, but I still have some things to do and now I'm back at work.
None of this helps the book.
Let me give you the first chapter and let me know what you think.
The Boys of St. Leonard’s
Chapter 1 – The Nightmare
The screaming woke Clovis Murphy from a sound sleep.
He heard it again, glanced at the clock, 2:00 AM. He was out of his bed and his room like a shot. He crossed the dorm suite common room in a single stride and opened Nick’s bedroom door. The window was closed and the light was off. Clovis turned it on and saw Nick sitting bolt upright, staring straight ahead and panting.
“You okay buddy?”
Nick’s breathing slowed. Clovis looked down where he thought Nick was staring, at the stumps below his knees, but Nick was just staring straight ahead. He was covered in sweat.
Clovis sat on the edge of Nick’s bed, “Buddy?”
Nick took a deep, ragged breath and glanced up at Clovis, then looked forward again.
“Was it Iraq?”
Nick breathed out forcefully. “I’m okay.”
“You want me to do something, make you some tea?”
“You make tea?” He laughed.
“Well, if you don’t want…”
“No, that’s fine. Thanks for coming over. Sorry I woke you. I’ll make some tea. You want my special herbal?”
“If that’s what you’re having. I can start the water boiling.”
“Boiling? You don’t boil tea.”
Clovis gave him an angry look.
“I must be fine if you’re mad at me. Hand me my feet, would you?”
Clovis smiled as he handed Nick his prosthetics and went out to get the tea set out. When he went into the common room there was a knock on the door. It was Juan Vega the seminary student who was their floor RA.
“You guys alright in here?” He was in a ratty green robe, tee shirt, boxers and slippers.
“Fine, just nightmares.” Clovis answered as Nick walked into the common room.
“Oh good. I didn’t know with you guys, I mean, I mean you guys have been doing some strange things, I mean with the investigating stuff, you know.”
“I know.” Clovis said.
“I’m making some herbal tea, would you like some Juan?”
He took a step in the room and threw himself in one of the lounge chairs even before he said, “Yes please.”
Before the water was ready La Bamba started playing from somewhere inside Juan’s robe. He struggled to find his phone, wriggling his bulk in the chair until he found his pocket and phone.
“Juan Vega, yes. Yes. What? Now, I mean now? Yes ma’am. Ok. Right away. Ok, thank you.”
“What is it?” Clovis asked.
“You guys know Chet Reese?”
Before Clovis and Nick could answer, Juan blurted, “He’s been found dead!”
“Dead?” Clovis asked.
“I have to go down and identify the body, do you guys want to go with me? They’re still at the crime scene. You guys investigate stuff, maybe you can help the cops.”
“I don’t think so.” Nick said.
“What?” Clovis turned to his roommate who was leaning near the electric tea kettle.
“We weren’t invited, and we don’t investigate death. Death isn’t a game or a tourist attraction.” He turned away.
“Still, I would really feel better if you guys would go with me. I’m kind of nervous around cops, you know it’s a Latin thing.”
Clovis gave him a cockeyed look.
Clovis raised his eyebrows and pointed at his ebony face and short dreadlocks, “Don’t try to play the race card with me.”
Nick chuckled over the kettle as it whistled.
“Ok, right, well, you guys know the campus cops and they found him on campus. Would you please come with me?”
“Okay,” Nick said, “at least let me put together some travel mugs first.”