Weekend Writing Warriors #22

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Welcome to another weekend of wild, wondrous words and worlds.  I’m feeling alliterate today, apparently.   Also tired, in a good way. Attended Faerie Worlds this weekend, which is way more fun than we serious adult types usually get to have.  If you’re ever in Oregon in July, check it out.

Okay, back to the snippet and more fae-like shenanigans.  Constable Axel Blackwood is intent on catching his stalker, sure that someone at the court in Lacknor revealed the secret that Axel and Drummond are carrying a valuable gem to the lord of Thorburn.

To Catch a  Threeve

They didn’t bother with a fire. The fall air was crisp but bearable. They had bread and cheese to eat and wine to drink, so no call to announce their presence with a fire. Drummond grumbled about the loose mindedness of lords and ladies and the soreness of his backside from all the galloping, unnecessary in his opinion. Axel kept mostly quiet, arranging his trap while Drummond provided the perfect distraction.

The large man trampled the grass to be rid of snakes and anyone else who might be inclined to approach on their belly, threw brittle twigs around to act as a warning, and generally kicked up a ruckus while Axel unobtrusively cast warning lines into the trees and placed a ring of flash pebbles along the creek. He was sure the sneak was watching them and so he made sure that all his motions looked natural, as if he were merely scouting the perimeter and helping Drummond place his standard traveler’s tricks.

He drew water from the creek into his skein and scanned the dense wall of trees. Only one sneak- he must be truly desperate to risk robbing a constable.

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This post is part of an ongoing blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Every Sunday, participating authors post eight sentences from their current work in progress. Then we hop to our fellow warriors’ blogs and check out all the fabulous fiction that’s happening! I heartily invite you to participate as a reader, writer, or both. It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book. Click here or copy & paste this address: http://www.wewriwa.com

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Unofficial Blurb for To Catch a Threeve

To Catch a Threeve is an m/m erotic  fantasy that takes place in the medieval land of Lacknor. Constable Axel Blackwood catches a thief and is astounded to see that he closely resembles the love he lost seven years ago in an attack by the evil woodland folk known as threeves.  He quickly realizes he’s fallen prey to dark magic, but can’t help becoming infatuated with his prisoner and is overwhelmed with the hope that he can at last bring his lost lover home.  Bryn Darrow, the half-threeve, half human orphan sent to trick Axel and rob him of much more than a simple gem finds himself equally as fascinated with his handsome human captor and the lure of some place to call home, but believes that the constable is in love with a dangerous illusion.

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15 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #22

  1. Really good writing, Alexis. And I read it with fascination. I learned something today–the trick of placing brittle twigs about. But, what about the flash pebbles in the stream? I’m curious what purpose they served as a warning of intruders. 🙂 Good 8!

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  2. I’m wondering if the stranger is working for someone. . . It definitely feels like he’s significant. I loved the description about the air 😀 It set the mood for the following lines. I like the contrasting personalities of Axel and Drummond as well. Makes the story more interesting. Looking forward to finding out who this stranger is!

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  3. Flash pebbles sound like they could be really cool! Do they let off little fireworks or something like that? Oh, I hope you show us the trap being triggered : )

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  4. Wow, this is so great! I like the continued character development here, subtle but nice. And I like how you are slowly building the tension even in this small act. Great snippet, can’t wait to see what happens to the unsuspecting sneak! 🙂

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