Friday, June 17, 2011
Romantic Friday Writers: Up, up and away
Romantic Friday Writers if the brain child of L'Aussie and Francine Howarth. It is a blogfest of the highest order followed by RWA. Each week a different theme is presented and you can take up the gauntlet or pass if life has made you too busy. You do not have to join RWA, but it might be a good idea. I haven't done that yet for financial reasons. There is a link that you can follow at the end of my post.
Today the theme for Romantic Friday Writers is up, up and away. We are to write our character having a change of heart or direction in 400 words or less. This doesn’t mean a balloon ride in Kansas or a trip to the moon, just life changing with a romantic undercurrent or over current depending on your point view.
I present for your enjoyment an excerpt from my book, The Treasures of Carmelidrium, chapter 26. I had to tweak it to make it less than 400 words. It comes in at 399 words.
For those who don't know, Missie is a modern American flutist who has been thrust through a portal to an alternate medieval world.
Thoughts of Healden clouded Missie’s mind and her lower lip began to tremble.
“My Lady, are you crying?”
Missie’s pent up frustration unleashed a torrent of emotions. She covered her face with both hands and sobbed.
“What’s wrong with me?”
Vevina came around the chair, knelt and gave her a handkerchief. Missie wiped her eyes and noisily blew her nose. Then she studied Vevina’s freckled face.
“One minute I’m fine, the next I’m in tears. I love this place and I hate it. I want to be with…Healden.” Her voice broke. “And at the same time…”
Vevina took her hands. “You are in love, my Lady.”
“In love?” The words choked from Missie as if forced by an excess of air.
“Everyone can see it but you. When his highness is near, you glow. And the way he looks at you—”
Missie pulled her hands away and cupped them in her lap to quell the tremors that made them shake.
“But…how can I be in love? We aren’t from the same world?”
“You speak as if you’re different creatures and not human.”
“The king hates me. He doesn’t speak to me and when he does, he’s always gruff.”
“The king loves you. He spent hours at your side while you were ill. He cares for you, my Lady, as a king over a favored subject.”
Missie searched the girl’s face. “But, what about my home…my family?”
“Does not a woman leave her home when she meets the man she loves?”
“But, you can always visit.” The tears spilled over Missie’s cheeks and she wiped her eyes with a clean cloth.
“My Lady, I have a cousin who loved a man from the south of Gil-Lael. She married him and moved away.
We have not seen her since.”
“You believe that you will return home someday.”
Vevina stood, moved behind Missie to brush her hair. “My Lady, you already know that some have arrived from different lands and places, as you did.”
Missie watched Vevina’s reflection in the mirror, her tiny brows pulled together as she worked.
“About seventy-five years ago, a man came to Terrel. It is said he had a great talent, but no one remembers what he could do. He traveled everywhere looking for a door back to his land. In the end, he died having wasted his life, in pursuit of the impossible.”
I hope you enjoyed that. (399 words).
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