Fractured Fragment Friday: “Stalking Rebecca” (and a Coupon!)

“Stalking Rebecca” grew from another voice in my head that declared “Stalking is hard work” (this story actually got me some odd responses when I was shopping it around to various markets, including an admonition that I was advocating a behavior that didn’t comport with their mission statement. Come on folks – vampires are not all friendly, sparkly people looking for volunteers. What has happened to tradition?)

Here’s the blurb:

A reluctant date hears a tale from a no-longer-secret admirer explaining her fate. StalkingCoverMaybe a love that lasts forever isn’t such a good thing.

“Stalking Rebecca” is a short, creepy, speculative fiction (and just in time for a Halloween read.)

And here’s this week’s excerpt:

The first time I saw her, I wasn’t looking for love. Well, nothing that lasted forever.

I was right there in O’Malley’s, where you and I were drinking. I hope I didn’t slip too much in yours; I need you fully awake for this. Nod if you understand.

No that’s not nodding – left to right is shaking. Well, I guess that’s good enough.

Anyway, I was drinking by myself until closing, as usual. How was I supposed to meet anyone during those sixteen-hour days the three of us founders were putting in, trying to get our social platform to take off? Even now I’m in the office from dawn until dark, which is just the way it has to be.

The bar was clearing out, and I saw her in the corner booth with some Joe who frequented O’Malley’s – I think his name was Joe – and she looked right at me with those dark eyes, at the same time she was laughing at something he said, and that’s when I knew she wanted me.

I’ve noticed you looking at me that way in the office, sometimes. Stop shaking your head – no point denying that there’s something between us.

So then Joe said “Let’s go, Rebecca”, and the two of them left arm in arm.

By the time I got to O’Malley’s the next night, Rebecca was already there in her booth, but Joe wasn’t there; she’d had all she could take from him, and she was with this other guy, Mark. There was no shortage of men who wanted her, but I could tell he wasn’t her type, either. She kept looking at me with those eyes – eyes so deep I felt like I could fall right into them.

Do my eyes do that to you? I’ve watched you in your cube – did you notice? I’ve always liked you, you know, but it’s never been a good idea to date employees, even without non-fraternization rules. But we can make our own rules, now, can’t we?

Her eyes told me that she really wanted me, but she couldn’t seem to shake this Mark she was with, so when closing time came, they left together. I downed my beer and followed.

That doesn’t sound creepy that I followed her, does it? It’s just that I could tell she didn’t really want to be with this guy, and there he was hanging all over her as they walked up the darkened sidewalk ahead of me, and I wanted to make sure she got home okay.

I bet you’ve wished you had someone to watch out for you. Why are you looking at me that way? Is the gag too tight?

No – nothing at all creepy about this one…  “Stalking Rebecca” is a very short speculative fiction. It’s available at many online retailers, including, but not limited to:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/753474

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076FSDVNJ

“Stalking Rebecca” is also included in the collection Goddesses, Sleep with the Snowmen, and Other Fantasies. (The next ten people who purchase the collection on Smashwords with coupon code NQ72T will receive a 67% discount – that’s only 99-cents for TEN stories – such a deal!):

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/906524

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KFQGLSR


Swordsmaster – my first novel (which only took me forty-some years to write) is ready for reading.

 Fate is neither something to run away from, nor something to run towards.Swordsmaster4

The first bright-eye to be seen on the mountain in living memory, Sandrik didn’t want anyone to think of him as they did the ominous Aurae of legend, so he had worked hard to keep his special abilities hidden. But there was more to Sandrik than even he knew. Now that it was time for him to enter the ancient ruins of Taernfeld and be declared a man, what other changes might he be forced into?

Swordsmaster is available at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/954501

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WNK79FM

(there is also a paperback on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1691904910 )


William Mangieri’s writing can be found at several online retailers, including, but not limited to:
• Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NoTimeToThink
• His Amazon Author page:  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008O8CBDY
• Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/william-mangieri?store=book&keyword=william+mangieri

• His site on WordPress:  https://williammangieri.wordpress.com
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:  http://www.facebook.com/NoTimeToThink
• His Goodreads author page:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893616.William_Mangieri
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri

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