From one of the hottest voices in contemporary fiction, a novel about love and redemption.
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December 03, 2004
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Excerpt from Gets No Love by Eric Pete
The smell of gunpowder burned my nostrils while I tried to stop the bleeding. "Shhhh. Don't worry. I got you," I whispered as tears streamed down my face. I didn't know if my words were being heard, but it didn't matter. Saying them was all I could do to make myself feel sane at the moment. The sirens were getting closer, but the screams from everyone in the park drowned them out as the reality of what had just occurred set in. Some people wouldn't be going home from today's picnic. A Saturday, of all days.
"Nooooooo! Please, Lord! No! Not another one!" It was Mrs. Dumas' familiar, crackly voice screaming frantically. I pulled myself out from my haze to watch her slowly inch herself out from under the large limp body that draped her.
"Lance " The woman I held gasped. Her voice was faint.
"Yeah. I'm here."
"Am I going to die "
"No," I replied, looking down into her vacant eyes and at my shaking bloodstained hands. "I won't let it happen."
"Y-you can't always save everyone, Lance."
"I know," I said, glancing around at my many failures. One, in particular, would go down as my greatest failure. His eyes, finally at peace, were still open and boring into my soul as Mrs. Dumas cradled him to her bosom.