1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5.Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).
Instead, he watched in dismay as the iron tool made a low arc, and smashed into the boat's engine. Pieces flew; some kind of liquid spurted into the air. Black Suit Guy grabbed onto the windshield as the boat rocked, sending ripples across the water.
“Got oars?” Dad asked as he climbed behind the wheel.
“I do,” his adversary replied with a sigh.
“If I were you I'd paddle to the mainland side.” Dad slammed the door, then rolled the window down to add, “Turn left when you get to the first fork – there are signs after that.”
(Okay, so I cheated. I was at work, and there were no books nearby, then I suddenly realized there was one right in front of me, on the computer screen -- mine. So this is from Chapter 13 of Red is For Ick, by Mark Hunter)
Ooh! Maybe this should be turned into a "post your own book" meme!