Welcome to Snippet Sunday where we each post a bit from our WIPs. You can find the other snippets HERE!
This week continues my Christmas story NICOLAS, where Jamie wakes up with a stranger. Well…sort of…
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Heat pooled in Jamie’s stomach. God, what was happening? The thing in his bed looked like a man, but his every instinct shouted otherwise. His skin was warm when it should have been cold from being outside. And how had he gotten in? All the windows and doors were locked tight against the winter storm. It was as if he’d just materialized in Jamie’s bed. “Who—”
The triumphant hiss in his ear shot ice through his veins. “So naughty.”
“No!” Jamie struggled to sit up, scrambling back against the headboard . He blinked, finding himself alone in the room, only his ragged breaths disturbing the silence of the cabin. A forgotten anxiety knotted his stomach. Naughty. He hated that word, tossed about by the boys he once knew in school.
Betrayed by a lover, Jamie has rented an isolated cabin on Lake Huron, wanting nothing more than to be left alone. Instead, he is pulled from his ordinary, solitary existence and tumbles headlong into the legend of Saint Nicolas.
As a young man, Nicolas accidently kills a man intent on murdering three children, only to have the man’s evil spirit rise up against him. Fleeing through the centuries from the Krampus, the evil troll-like creature that dogs his steps, Nico finds refuge with the young artist, who takes him into his house and bed. But Jamie has questions. Who is Nicolas and why does the Krampus want to destroy him?
As the Krampus begins to torment and torture anyone Nico comes in contact with, to punish him, Jamie’s own life is put in danger. Can Jamie help Nico defeat his nemesis, or is he simply another pawn in the Krampus’s game?