This is another outtake, included in the short story collection ‘Shifting Shadows’ by Patricia Briggs. This one is from ‘Night Broken’ which is not a hot favourite of mine. It’s the book where Mercy and Adam’s relationship – at least for the reader, or at least for me – started to slow down and become repetitive, a little stagnant.
(Their mutual adoration society is getting a little cloying. I’d love to read them having an actual row, sometime. I mean, a proper row, about taking out the trash or who drank three-quarters of the bottle, you dipso pig.
Not, “Oh, Adam,” *breathy voice, maidenly hand to forehead* “it’s so claustrophobic when you adore and protect me all the time!”
“Oh, Mercy, damn you woman, must you be so wild and free and recklessly brave, it makes me insanely aggravated with desire!” /Adam chews a countertop into kibble with frantic unhinged devotion)
But the outtake is rather cute, and maybe it would have improved the book if it had been included.
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Of course, it could just be cute because it includes both Coyote – Mercy’s supernatural ‘Daddy’ – and the walking stick. These are two of my favourite supporting characters in the Mercyverse. They’re both fun and daft and frivolous, and make everything they feature in fun.
It’s not difficult to tell that Briggs is a pantster, as far as writing goes. This outtake contains a one-line plot-hole explanation, subsequent to the entire action. (Something regarding Coyote’s role, you’ll have to read it if you want to know what.) And it’s not the first one I’ve come across from Briggs, or the second, or even the third, I think.
That isn’t exactly a criticism. Tight plotting isn’t my own strength, either. OTOH, I’m not making big bucks on the bestseller lists. So I feel pretty much free to jump up and down, shout “YOWZA!”, and run around just writing whatever seems like fun. Having a good time, in short, doing whatever I feel.
Ms Briggs, however, has fans who’ll shell out for a pricey hardback, sight unseen, on the basis of having followed the series for yonks. When all they know about it is the title. I mean me. I mean, like me. I do that, on the regular.
I think a little extra care, an outline here and there, wouldn’t be unreasonable.