So here we are–the 12th of June. What do post, what to post….
How about 12 (fairly small) lines where ‘Ssellii finally gets to meet her brother?
‘Ssellii tried to remain calm. “That’s not what I meant, Uunsa. What magick is ‘Vesmai luu itau’? What does it—?” She stopped, realizing the words had once again worked their power, and this time her brother’s attention was for her, not the maid.
She realized in that moment that ‘Listii’s intense gaze was far more unnerving than she’d thought. Unlike Val, ‘Listii’s focus was direct, demanding answers…almost predatory in its determination. She felt her voice catch in her throat and swallowed.
And whatever ill thoughts she may have had toward the maid were banished as Uunsa broke the impasse and drew her brother’s attention from her to the state he was in.
‘Ssellii watched as the man looked at himself, where he was kneeling on the floor, and the disarray he was in. His eyes widened. Though he stayed silent, his gaze passed between both she and Uunsa accusingly. Then he made a rough, hurried attempt to rise and clean off his clothes and face with the cloth Uunsa held out for him.
If ‘Ssellii hadn’t known better, she would have said he looked exactly like a boy at the dinner table, one who had just been told he was still covered in stableyard debris and was now embarrassed and sullen.
Once standing, he didn’t leave the mess he’d made untouched, but slapped dashed the crumbs into a pile and scooped them on the plate. His cheeks were bright pink under the tan and grime. ‘Ssellii understood that this time ‘Listii recognized the state he had allowed himself to come to in his flight from the world. This time he wasn’t going to simply feel like this visit was an inconvenience solely for him.
‘Ssellii smiled. This time her brother got to see what he really was, not the suave gentleman he might play for Uunsa. And he couldn’t simply hide in some daydream from the truth.
Taking her direction from the way Uunsa had diverted his accusing gaze from her to his own predicament, she rose. “Thank you, ‘Listii. That is so much better.” She motioned to the seat next to her. “Would you please sit down now and talk with me? We really do have a lot to discuss before we start back on the road, don’t you think?”
Later, she figured, she would have to ask the servant what those words meant again. For now she did not intend to lose the attention ‘Listii was giving her as she’d lost it the last time.
So, while it grated that she could not simply tear into him for playing this game he was dragging her into, she considered Uunsa’s tone earlier. It had been questioning, curious more than anything, as if the woman had asked her brother where he’d been, what he’d been doing there…how the weather was perhaps!
She decided to start simple. “Do you know who I am?”
Those raven eyes flicked in her direction. Though he answered softly, she could feel his disdain in his very posture. “Vissellii Marea, my sister.”
So there you go… Hope you enjoyed it.
Inspired by K.L. Schwengel at My Random Muse #WIPpet writers post pieces of a draft (Work In Progress) that somehow relate with the date for commentary and consideration. Feel free to comment and visit other #WIPpeters. We love the company. (Update: regarding the origin of the WIPpet, KL Schwengel says she did not create them–she just resuscitated them. She credits Krista Walsh over at The Raven’s Quill for her introduction to the style… Hmm, internet mysteries.)
And for the record, the Boodle is pretty much back to where he was. Overnight is a bit hard at the moment (the age-old parenting dilemma of “do I let the child sleep knowing that they are going to wake up miserable because they should have been given something to reduce their pain, or do I wake the child, disturb their sleep and know they will wake up refreshed?” Oh.. and yeah–can I wake up at 3:30 in the morning without disturbing everyone else in the house?), but each day seems better and better.
I’m really glad we caught this in time. The doctors did end up diagnosing Lyme.
That news, has of course, been at the center of my mind these past few days. I did take a day of pretty much non-internet, non-writing related time for most of Sunday and Monday. For a bit of catharsis, I did manage to keep up to date on my 750words.com monthly challenge. And yesterday, I jumped right back into the swing of things with my JuNoWriMo writing sprints. My internet situation wasn’t great, but at the end of the day, I’d pulled in another 4118 words.
On the topic of word counts… Since the first of the month I have added over 30K to the Swan Song series, most of it on Courting. And they’ve been good words too. For example: I always had planned on including shapshifters in the story, and making one of my three main characters be one. Alanii, specifically… Thing was, I couldn’t think of a good spot to integrate that without making the story into something it wasn’t supposed to be.
Well, I found that spot, and Alanii now has discovered another part of who and what he is.
That’s all the good news. The rest of the news is… well, my social media presence has suffered. I maintained some minimal contact on both Facebook and Google Plus. I think I managed to visit everyone on the Sunday linky I was due to for my sponsor posts. I did hit (hope it wasn’t too hard) eight ROWers’ blogs, but I didn’t even touch all the people I wanted to see. I’m sorry I missed you guys. Hopefully soon!
And that’s about all I have for you…
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