Thursday, April 21, 2016

R is for Raj: Blogging the #AtoZchallenge

Meet My Imaginary Friends: Raj Singh

Born to Indian immigrants in Bayonne, New Jersey, Raj Singh and his brother, Kumar, were biker bad boys who looked like Indian princes and talked like Tony Soprano. After losing the two people dearest to him, Raj was about to drink himself into oblivion until he found a reason to live--forming a new motorcycle club called Durga's Dogs whose mission it was to track down and break up dog fighting rings. When his old friend Kit Wilde asks for his help finding a Friesian stallion, Raj and Durga's Dogs are only too happy to be of assistance. In this scene from The Legend: A Marienstadt Story, Raj helps Priya Desai, a girl he'd had a crush on when he was a boy but had not seen in years.

During a brief trip back to Bayonne for their father's birthday, Raj saw Priya again. By that time both he and Kumar had acquired the muscles, tattoos, and attitudes that came with their way of life. It was a steamy summer evening and they had just roared up in front of their parents' house when they heard a woman screaming.
Please,” she cried, running toward them. “Please, you have to help me stop them. They'll kill her.”
Raj looked at her and was surprised, though not displeased, to recognize Priya Desai, now wearing blue jeans and a t-shirt, her hair pulled back in a braid.
What's going on?” he said.
Raj?” She stopped in front of him. “Oh, please come help me. Some boys have a dog tied up and they're throwing rocks at her. They're going to kill the poor thing.”
Where?” he asked.
In that empty lot behind the coat factory. Please, you have to hurry.”
Climb on.” He reached to help her and she hopped on the back of his bike. Kumar followed. Even over the roar of their bikes they could hear the shouts of boys, and the pain-filled yelps of a dog, as they rode into a dirt lot littered with debris. The boys turned as the two motorcycles bumped over the curb and swept around the crowd, coming to a stop between them and a terrified dog tied to a chain link fence.
Get out of here, you little jackasses,” Raj yelled at them as Priya climbed off his bike and ran over to the dog.
The boys, most of whom appeared to be under fourteen, backed up grumbling and complaining, but they dropped their rocks and sticks. Kumar jumped off his bike pulling a knife from the leather sheath attached to his belt. As Priya knelt on the ground comforting the bruised, bleeding dog, Kumar cut the rope binding it to the fence. Priya picked up the dog, cradling it in her arms, and carried it over to Raj.
Please, can you help me take her over to the shelter.” Priya's eyes were just as lovely as he remembered them being. “I work at an animal shelter a few blocks from here. If you could just drop us off, I can take care of her.”
Sure.” Raj helped them climb on behind him.
When they got to the shelter, Raj offered to accompany her inside.
No. You've done enough. Your parents are waiting for you at home. Thank you so much for helping me.”
You work here?” He studied a building that looked more like a warehouse, with security doors and metal grates on the windows.
Yes. I started out as a volunteer while I was in vet tech school, but I've been working full time for a year now.” She gave him a helpless little shrug. “My parents hate it. They keep threatening to ship me back to India, but I love working with animals.”
I'd like to see you again while I'm still here,” he said.
She nodded. “I'll stop by your house and wish your father a happy birthday.” She turned, and with the dog in her arms, disappeared into the building.


  1. Is this really a synopsis of a program or are you writing these yourself? Strange surreal feel to this one - two motorcyclists rescuing dogs and now a love interest with a dog rescuing girl. If it's not really a story, it should be.

    Finding Eliza

  2. A hero who helps rescue animals? Oh yeah! Looks like these two might make a good couple.

  3. I don't understand what it is exactly that makes people torment an animal that is doing them no harm. Baffling, utterly. I hope the dog recovers, good for Priya to stick with her work in spite of family disapproval.

    Hopefully, Raj will pick up the threads of his crush too and take it forward :) Good man for judging what Priya needed and jumping to it.

    Ninja Minion, A-Z 2016

  4. Am I right in assuming this is a film storyline? Imaginative story if it is!

    Susan A Eames from
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  5. Kristin, these are excerpts from books I've already published.

    Tamara, you would like him--he's pretty darn scrumptious.

  6. You have a real talent for drawing the reader in and making us root for the souls you paint in prose for us. :-) Thanks for visiting and commenting. It means a lot.

  7. Put people rescuing animals into a story and I'm there! Great excerpt and I'm liking Raj a lot.

  8. Thank you, Roland. I keep trying.

    Yes, Lee, Raj is definitely a keeper. He may have to show up in another story soon. He's quite luscious.

  9. The scene is very well-written. I had no problem sinking into the world of Raj and Priya.
    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

  10. Your world is filled with intrigue and happy characters! I reckon my lot would get a proper education if I were to introduce them to your pals! Some biker gang! Some quest!! ;-)
    AJ at Ouch My Back Hurts

  11. Thanks, Patricia. They are lovely people.

  12. Wonderful installment! I adore the fact Raj helps break up dog fighting rings.

    I hope you are having a lovely day. I'm enjoying all the birds looking for mates this spring while seated on my back porch. Even the woodpeckers are hammering out a love song!
    Awakening Dreams and Conquering Nightmares with a Pen
    Happy blogging, my dear.

  13. I very much like your imaginary friend! I want to know what happens next :)

    Mars xx
    @TrollbeadBlog from
    Curling Stones for Lego People

  14. This really is great fun. So many people are writing about so many different things. Thanks for stopping by.

  15. I can't understand the crazy that would throw rocks at a dog. Sick.

    Liz A. from Laws of Gravity
    & Unicorn Bell ("Rewind")

  16. A hero who helps rescue animals <3!

    Joy @ The Joyous Living

  17. I can get behind a hero that saves dogs from fighting rings. :D

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary

  18. Another great excerpt. After the challenge, I'm going to have to read your books.

  19. Indian biker boys are the new "knights in shining armor." Maui Jungalow

  20. I liked the love in the lines about her eyes.

    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

  21. I hope you do, Lynda. Thank you.

    You're right about that, Courtney.

  22. Um...yum! Great imaginary character. And I like that they're biker boys with a heart. Cool!

  23. Love your writing, Kathleen. And thank you for dropping my blog too.
    @CazsBooks on Twitter


  24. Love the fact he rescues dogs, he sounds fascinating.

  25. Yay for loving animals and looking like an Indian prince :) I like the sound of Raj.
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

  26. I'm amazed at how many wonderful characters you've come up with. They're all so different and fascinating!

    Cheers - Ellen |

  27. Gotta like a handsome guy who saves dogs.

  28. I knew a Raj in Alaska, such a sweet man, didn't have a motorcycle but I bet he'd save puppies too. Another great character!

  29. Love the character descriptions: "biker bad boys who looked like Indian princes and talked like Tony Soprano". ☺ This seems to be a good dog tale and I'd like to read more.

  30. Raj drove me crazy--so desirable in so many ways!!! Thanks for visiting!


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