While March is hardly coming in like a lion in Utah, our Fiction Focus excerpt series for the month is starting with a roar!
Switzerland-based author Jim Haberkorn’s “A Thousand Suns” is the sequel to 2011’s “Einstein’s Trunk” and features Rulon Hurt, a laid-off spy you don’t want to mess with.
Yohaba lay next to him on her back. After a long silence, she asked, “How much do they hate you?”
Half asleep, without opening his eyes, Rulon mumbled, “Oh”¦I’d say with the heat of a thousand suns. Yeah, that sounds about right”¦”
After a few minutes, Yohaba propped herself up on one elbow and looked at Rulon sleeping like a baby. Moonlight breaking through the clouds streamed in the window and made moving shadows on Rulon’s face. Her love for him stirred and her heart gave a leap. She looked around the room and up at the ceiling trying to focus on something, anything, to keep from crying. She managed all right except for a single tear that ran down her face into the corner of her mouth.
The salty tear mixed with the lingering feel of Rulon’s lips and, like an Oracle’s potion, set her mind to racing and conjuring memories of their life together, the love and violence they had shared so far in equal doses, as if a cosmic scale needed to stay in balance. Yohaba gasped, suddenly overwhelmed with a portent of the future ““ this would not end well. She knew it without a doubt: there will be blood.
The moment of realization quickly passed and was replaced with a terrible calm. Looking down at Rulon’s kindly face, she whispered, “What a coincidence. A thousand suns. That’s exactly how much I love you, Cowboy.” She rolled over onto her side away from Rulon and now the moon shadows spilled across her face as she rested on her pillow. “But mine burn hotter,” she said into the night.