Hello and welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a blog hop wherein writers share an excerpt from their current WIP that somehow relates to the date. To join in, simply click the blue linky up there to the right.
I’m still working on short stories, rather than my longer WIPs. The one I’m sharing from today was written as an entry for Words and Brushes, and was inspired by this artwork. I’ve finished the first draft and I’m leaving it to stew for a few days, though I don’t have a huge amount of time to polish it up, since entries close on Feb 15.
For context, Ria is a fortune-teller who uses music to trigger her visions. She plays at a pub and people come to see her. And now a Duke has come on behalf of a Prince to enlist her services. It’s the 31st, so I’ve added those digits and have four paragraphs for you.
Anders had never seen the pub so quiet. Every single patron watched the Duke and his guards as they moved across the room. Ria continued playing, but she had stiffened, aware that all attention was on her, and not in the usual way. She only stopped when the Duke was standing directly behind her. She didn’t turn around to face him; rather, she stared intently at the empty music stand.
“I will not go with you,” she said.
The Duke looked startled at first. His men glanced at one another; one of them put a hand on his gun. But after a moment, the Duke’s face burst into a grin.
“Is that a statement or a prediction? Because if it’s a prediction, I’m sad to say you’re not living up to your reputation.”
I have to be honest, I don’t like many of the characters in this story. Usually I write about noble members of royalty and the aristocracy, but this one certainly has gone the other way.
Have a great week everybody, and I’ll see you around.