Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh by Jay Lake

By Jay Lake

Markus Selvage has been bent by way of lifestyles, flooring up and spit out back. In San Francisco’s darkest sexual underground, he's a perpetual blameless, taking a look inside bodies—his personal and others’—for the misplaced secrets and techniques of delight. yet severe physique amendment is just the start of the place he'll cross prior to he’s complete . . .

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Not a dime,” he said virtuously. ” He sighed, his lovely face serious. “Bella, the last real birthday any of us had was Emmett in 1935. Cut us a little slack, and don’t be too difficult tonight. ” It always startled me a little when he brought up things like that. ” “I probably should warn you . ” “When I say they’re all excited . . ” I choked. ” The rest of Forks was under the impression 23 that the older Cullens had gone off to college this year, to Dartmouth, but I knew better. ” “But . .

The kiss began much the same as usual—Edward was as careful as ever, and my heart began to overreact like it always did. And then something seemed to change. Suddenly his lips became much more urgent, his free hand twisted into my hair and held my face securely to his. And, though my hands tangled in his hair, too, and though I was clearly beginning to cross his cautious lines, for once he didn’t stop me. His body was cold through the thin quilt, but I crushed myself against him eagerly. When he stopped it was abrupt; he pushed me away with gentle, firm hands.

I’d spent decades considering the idea of creating a companion for myself. Just one other creature who could really know me, rather than what I pretended to be. But I could never justify it to myself—doing what had been done to me. “There Edward lay, dying. It was clear that he had only hours left. ” Carlisle saw it all again, his memory unblurred by the intervening century. I could see it clearly, too, as he spoke—the despair of the hospital, the overwhelming atmosphere of death. Edward burning with fever, his life slipping away with each tick of the clock .

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