FIRST LINES FRIDAY 56: A Living Darkness

First Line Fridays” is by Hoarding Books and is all about the first line of a current/upcoming read. Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you turn to page 56 (or 56%) in what you’re reading a find a snippet that jumps out at you. The idea to combine the two came from Kat @ Here There Be Dragons

I found this meme on The Writerly Way. And I’m doing this on a Thursday just to be difficult.


The Church was supposed to be a happy place, a place of comfort, security, a sanctuary from the evils of the world. But that was an illusion generated in the fleeting minutes of daily mass. Most of the day it was an empty shell, silent and dark. The darkness clung to the walls within St. Anthony’s, thick and impenetrable. The few novenas burning beneath the Blessed Virgin did nothing to dispel the shadows. It was a living darkness. Something breathed within it. Something with eyes.

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Seeming to gather himself once more, Cordero stood straight and proud as any angel of God, and I realized that my initial fears were correct. He was beautiful and terrible in his control as he looked into my frozen gaze. All I could do was listen as my Cordero retreated and became once again the untouchable servant of the God who cursed me.

“Look, I’m sorry to have to say this right now but Myles came here last night looking for me, and I wasn’t there because I was here. With you. Last night, it shouldn’t have happened. There I said it. It shouldn’t have happened.”

Please, no. Don’t do this to us, Cordero. I willed my lips to move, to utter even the tiniest of groans to refute his words, but nothing came out. That was against the rules. Creatures of darkness weren’t allowed to operate in the light. Not even a sound to beg for the only blessing they’d ever received.

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Sparks fly when a man of the cloth teams up with a cursed creature of stone to save a troubled teen from a ruthless drug lord. 

Gideon Fawkes longs to meet the handsome young deacon who teaches at St. Anthony’s Boys Academy. There’s just one problem. Gideon is a gargoyle, and he’s pretty sure Deacon Cruz only dates humans.

Cordero Cruz knows a lot about forgiveness. It’s the cornerstone of his calling. Too bad he can never offer it to himself. Because of him, people died, and there’s no redemption for that kind of mistake.

But a lack of humanity and a heart filled with guilt are nothing compared to a young man’s life. When a merciless criminal threatens Cordero and one of his students, Gideon will have to risk more than his stony hide to protect them. Cordero must do the unthinkable to prove he’s deserving of the gargoyle turned guardian angel. But when their road to hell is paved with good intentions, they must learn only trust and redemption can pave the way for love.

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