Weekend Writing Warrior ~ The Culprit

 

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.

I’m continuing to share from my WIP, a romantic gay fantasy inspired by the tale of Snow White. We’re in the middle of a tense scene here. After issuing the command not to shoot the great white stage, someone took a shot anyway. Gabriel stopped the arrow with a magical ability he didn’t know he had.  Now he is trying to figure out who disobeyed his command.

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The men mumbled and shook their heads. No one would meet his eye.  “We’re not moving from this spot until the culprit comes forward.”

A large burly man with a thick black beard stepped out of the brush—the same angry man who’d been impertinent toward Gabriel earlier, when he’d gotten in the way of the hunt the first time.

“I did it,” Bryce said, “I thought he was about to charge you.”

Gabriel swallowed his rage, stopping himself from calling the man a liar outright. “So you endangered me by shooting an arrow in my direction instead?”

“I had to make a quick decision.” Bryce’s already red face grew brighter.  Gabriel knew it wasn’t from shame, but from being called out.

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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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12 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warrior ~ The Culprit

  1. Wow – this scene packs a punch! I’m glad he stopped everything until he found out who disobeyed (reminds me of a time when I was teaching 6th grade and we had to stop everything and find who stole a pencil from one of my special needs kids) Great snippet!

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  2. I wonder why Bryce stepped up at all. And of course his explanation doesn’t ring true, but what can the prince do about it, after all? Quite the situation and I’m hooked on this story. Great snippet!

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