Going Under, the first book in the Something in the Water series, arrives Tuesday, September 5!

 

Chapter 9: Sidelined [Slapshot!]

Chapter 9: Sidelined [Slapshot!]

Luke hated needing to watch the second match on television. Of course, he couldn’t stand not watching it either, but he cringed every time a Rocket got hold of the puck or near the net, hid his face in the arm of the couch every time the Stars lost a face-off. He tore at his hair when Sebby made a bonehead move, leading to a penalty, leading to a goal with just seconds left in the first. Now they were one down and starting the second on a penalty kill. That was scarcely an ideal way to win the game. And they needed the win badly—the sportscasters were loudly proclaiming that the Stars were 1–5 when they got into a two-game hole during playoffs throughout their franchise history. Which, granted, wasn’t a very long or illustrious history, and stats didn’t mean much—none of the players from those teams were with the Stars now, almost all of them retired—but it was something to tell people and the more they said it, the more it sounded like fact. If the Stars went down two, they would lose the series.
Chapter VI: First Frost [Foxtrot]

Chapter VI: First Frost [Foxtrot]

Zuru is digging himself a den. Jett is sitting on the porch, watching the fox dig. The .22 is nearby, just in case a wolf decides that it is prime time to take revenge for Wolf’s death. Zuru’s paws are still wrapped in bandages, and Jett worries he will have to wash the wounds again before the day is out. Zuru doesn’t mind; were he strong enough to take a human form, he would probably suggest a mutual bath. Since he is not, however, he will settle for being fox-handled.

He has dug a fair-sized hole, for the earth is pliable. Still, he is not necessarily pleased with it, as he’d feel rather more comfortable if he had two or three alternate exits. Jett is apparently displeased with Zuru’s den-digging zeal and hauls the fox up out of his new foxhole.