Hello and 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, with a maybe a few more tagged on for good measure.
I’m continuing to share from my work in progress, a romantic gay fantasy inspired by the tale of Snow White. In this scene, Prince Gabriel is attending the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon after a long absence from his home. His brother, King Tristan, is offering up a politically “spun” version of the day’s events.
Everyone seemed happy enough to shout and drink, but they couldn’t sit until Tristan did. He made no indication of intending to do so.
“Lords and Ladies of the kingdom! Loyal subjects of the Rosenthal family. I thank you for leaving the comfort of your homes and traveling the length and breadth of the kingdom to celebrate the Harvest of the Hunter’s Moon with me and my brother. And what a hunt it was!” As Tristan warmed to his subject, his eyes flashed in the candlelight. “We were blessed with an auspicious omen. In the woods just a stone’s throw from the Black Forest, the great white stag, guardian of my mother’s family—” At this he stopped and gestured at one of the tapestries, which featured the white stag, along with a host of other magical creatures cavorting in a wooded glen. “The stag presented itself to me as I stood alone, bow and arrow at the ready.”
That’s ten. Here’s a few more to round out the scene.
“I recognized the beast at once, and ordered that it not be killed, although I could have easily done so. In thanks, the stag bowed its mighty head. Today, Lords and Ladies, the Black Forest sent an emissary, to accept my rule and to acknowledge that the peace that has lasted for half a century will continue as long as I am king.”
This pronouncement brought a great deal of excitement and calls of “Here, here” along with gasps, applause, and the occasional skeptical frown, although the last were quickly hidden.
A wizened old minister who apparently felt he had not long left in the world and therefore nothing to lose piped up.
“Do you really expect us to believe that fairy tale, King Tristan?”
Here’s the current blurb for Snow:
Following the death of his mother the Queen, Prince Gabriel returns home for the first time in three years, hoping for a reconciliation with his estranged brother, the new king, but all is not well at Castle Rosenthal. King Tristan has fallen under the sway of a mysterious noble woman with a dark past, and all 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.