Following the lead of M.C. Howe at Pensive Sarcasm, I'm posting a tiny bit of Tainted Souls here. The rules are you go to page 77 of your ms., count down seven lines, then post the following seven lines. Note: this is not the most riveting part of the novel! Here goes:
After Maria dropped out of school the following autumn, Frost arranged a job for her at a local hardware store. She quit after two weeks. He called a few times after that but never reached her. He could have driven to la zona to see her but never did.
Frost's call to her on the ride back from Peacock was his first in well over a year. Maria's mother, Candelaria, told him she didn't know where her daughter was. Maria was often in and out these days.