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I’m continuing to share from my WIP, a romantic gay fantasy inspired by the tale of Snow White. In the last snippets I shared, (here and here) Prince Gabriel stunned himself and the rest of the hunting party by stopping an arrow in mid-air. Now he gets to deal with the fall out.
Gabriel looked over his shoulder to see Falkner extending a hand to help him up. He ignored it.
“Who shot the arrow?” he demanded.
A wary shadow dropped over Falkner’s face. “I didn’t see.”
Gabriel struggled to his feet. His arms and legs were leaden and he stood straight with difficulty, as if the magic he’d pulled from the earth wanted to draw him back underground with it, like a receding tide.
Other men emerged from the brush.
“Who shot the arrow?” he demanded again. All looked stunned, or fearful, as they stared at the arrow on the ground, the empty space where the stag had stood, and at Gabriel.
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 and along the border of the Black Forest, magical denizens are on the move. 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 power afoot? A forced flight into the Black Forest may expose ancient magic at work, if Gabriel can survive long enough to uncover it.
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Are they fearful to tell him because they shot the area, or because they missed? Great snippet!
Ugh! But…who shot the arrow?? lol Great little cliffhanger, Alexis! I am definitely hooked on this story. Write faster. On my TBR!
I like the tension in the scene. Like him, I want to know who shot the arrow.
Good suspense. Did they really not see, or are they protecting someone?
Is he going to find out who shot the arrow? Can’t wait to read more.
It’s one thing after another and you have left us in a pickle, you rascal.
I wonder if he’ll get an answer?
I liked the imagery of him feeling as if the earth was trying tp pull him under. Somehow I doubt anyone’s going to confess right now, re shooting the arrow. Terrific snippet, loved the photo!
I’m curious to know who shot the arrow. Great imagery of the Gabriel the earth pulling him under.
I imagine his people would appear fearful. Good tense scene.
I’ve a terrible feeling it was his brother. Either that or they saw him using magic.