Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Deep Within

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share excerpts of their work in ten sentences or less. Travel the world and the universe without leaving the comfort of your current hidey-hole.

I’m sharing from one of my current projects–I always have a few stories brewing–titled Snow. It’s a reimagined fairy tale based on Snow White, with a handsome prince in the lead role.  Currently Prince Gabriel is traveling home on horseback after a long absence. HIs only companion is Webster, his manservant. Webster was stung by a bee and is having some allergic (probably imagined) reactions.  Gabriel speaks first.  You can read last week’s snippet here.

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“That’s the castle there—see the flag? Only a few more hours ride. I suppose you’ll make it that far, in time to be seen by the herbalist. Or, I’ve heard my brother has engaged an alchemist.”

“Looks lovely,” Webster said in a strangled voice.

“It looks nothing of the sort.”  Gabriel nudged Tempest forward, and Webster followed, whispering prayers to whatever gods he worshipped beneath his breath.

They had only gone a few more yards, to the point where the road was about to dip into the fog, when the sharp yap of a dog, then many dogs, reached Gabriel’s ear. This was soon accompanied by the thunder of pounding hooves.

Deep within the fog, a roiling black mass began to take shape.

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Blurb-in-progress:

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 only Gabriel can survive long enough to uncover them.

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Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  Click the link to check out the other writers participating today.  It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book!

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Death by Bee

Hello and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less. A literary smorgasbord, to be sure.

I’ve been sharing from my current work-in-progress and will continue to do so until I run out of words or another project captures my fevered imagination. Snow is a re-imagined fairy tale with a prince in the title role. In this scene, Prince Gabriel and his manservant Webster are traveling home to Castle Rosenthal after a long absence. Webster, neither horseman nor outdoorsman, has been stung by a bee.  He’s the first to speak.  (You can read last week’s snippet here.)

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“Are bees poisonous? I feel a little faint.”

“Not usually, though some people puff up and find they can’t breathe after being stung.”

“I, ah, my breathing is a little…” Webster patted his chest and wheezed.

“Nothing to worry about, I suspect.” Gabriel turned to look down the road again. The fog had thickened. Only a flapping black and white flag on top of the tower was visible now. “Though some people do die from bee stings.”

“Rare, though, isn’t it? Death by bee?”

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I like bees. It was probably a wasp that stung Webster.

Blurb-in-progress:

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 only Gabriel can survive long enough to uncover them.

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Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  Click the link to check out the other writers participating today.  It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book!