Hello and welcome to my Weekend Writing Warriors post. It’s good to be back after a two week break. I went on a writing retreat for part of that time, so pretty soon I’ll be sharing excerpts from the next Jacqui the Cat book. For now, though, I’m continuing with my re-imagined fairy tale, titled Snow. In this scene, Prince Gabriel is reluctantly taking part in the royal hunt. The head huntsman, Falkner, has discovered a mysterious nest in the woods, and Gabriel found something even more disturbing. You can read the last snippet here.
Falkner sent his men off to look for tracks, then moved closer, arms crossed over his chest.
Gabriel stepped back, and toed aside a clump of ivy. There, moss covered and gray, was a skull.
“Oh, holy hounds of Astrid. Don’t let the king see that.”
“Why ever not?” Gabriel asked, surprised by the huntsman’s reaction, “That’s a human skull, which means there’s been a death on the king’s land. It must be investigated.”
“We mustn’t feed his obsession,” Falkner said.
Blurb-in-progress for Snow, a reimagined fairy tale:
Following the death of his mother the Queen, Prince Gabriel is called home by his brother, now King. Gabriel hopes for a reconciliation with his estranged brother, but all is not well at Castle Rosenthal. King Tristan has fallen under the sway of a scheming alchemist, the magical denizens of the bordering Black Forest are on the move, and Gabriel begins to fear for his life. Is the handsome huntsman in on a plot to assassinate him, or is there an even darker, more evil force afoot? A forced flight into the Black Forest may expose ancient powers at work, if Gabriel can survive long enough to uncover them.
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I gather Falkner knows nothing of the king’s obsession? Is he paranoid or something?
Or something 😉
Well that definitely sounds… not good. Great to see you back! And excited to see mote of Jacqui
If it’s a human skull, it sounds like they’re the ones in danger. And it’s not as if the creature, whatever it is, didn’t hear them coming. Great snippet! Looking forward to more!
Seems the sensible thing to do would be to investigate without letting the king know.
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