Hi fellow Snippeteers and readers. Welcome to my Weekend Warriors post and another snippet from my fantasy novella, Dancing With Fate. Thank you to everyone who's been following my snippets so far. Don't forget to visit the other authors at the link below this post, there's something for all tastes.
Last week: Terpsichore, muse of dance, has been given a new mission by Apollo, to restore joy and the love of dancing to the Celts of 5th Century Wales. This week we skip ahead to another character, Myrddyn ab Morfryn.
SNIPPET: (Some creative punctuation from published version, to comply with 10 sentence rule.)
Seven weeks later
Myrddin glanced around; unable to shake off the feeling he was not alone. Far above the outstretched arms of the nearby forest, beneath the slate cliff, a red kite hovered, its haunting cry sounding eerie and forlorn. He raised his arm in greeting,"Good afternoon, my friend, would that I could join you."
Mist drifted across the valley and the rays of the afternoon sun stained the sky in vivid shades of vermilion and orange. A doe, her fawn at her heels, touched his hand with her nose and a family of squirrels played around his feet. He moved forward slowly, gathering twigs for his fire pit, and glanced around every few moments. He must have imagined it, this sense of someone nearby, no sound disturbed the silence except the twittering of the birds, and the buzzing of tiny insects.
He turned to the doe, "Time to take your baby home now, little one, you too, squirrels." The doe gave him one last affectionate nuzzle, then trotted into the forest, and the squirrels scampered up a nearby oak.
Myrddin walked over to his horse, a sturdy beast, black as a starless, moonless night; its long mane fell in waves, nearly to its knees. Surely, Harri would know if a stranger was nearby, and would have warned him?
"Do you sense danger—has someone followed us?
|(Cover by Miss Mae)|
Terpsichore and Myrddin face a deadly force that threatens to part them forever. Is she destined to lose the only man she has ever truly loved? Is there nothing she can do to save him? Finally, when all seems lost, in desperation she finds herself DANCING WITH FATE.
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A man who can speak with the animals. Definitely an intriguing hero. Good snippet, Hywela.ReplyDelete
Thanks Siobhan - yes, he speaks to the animals but they don't necessarily speak back! :)Delete
A beautifully painted scene!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Jessica, glad you like it. xDelete
I'm intrigued to know more about the man who can speak with the animals. Great imagery too.ReplyDelete
Thanks Karen - there'll be more about Myrddin next week!.Delete
This is such a calm, pastoral scene and you're painted it beautifully.ReplyDelete
Aw thanks so much, Ed!Delete
I love the description of the animals clustered around him.ReplyDelete
Thanks Aurora, I really enjoyed writing this scene.Delete
I love this snippet it's so visual. Good job!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Christiane.Delete
I love that he's so comfortable around so many animal! :DReplyDelete
Thanks Amy - yes, I'm trying to bring out his gentleness and closeness to nature and the Earth in this scene.Delete
Beautiful visuals and details, really a terrific snippet. I liked him immediately!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Veronica, I'm really glad you like Myrddin, he's rather special and doesn't yet realise the destiny that awaits him.Delete
This has almost a Disneyesque fairytale feel to it. It's usually the heroine in this kind of scene so having it the hero is really really cool.ReplyDelete
Thanks Nancy. I know exactly what you mean- just don't expect Thumper to jump up and start singing! :) xDelete
Such a wonderful, descriptive scene!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Elaine, I'm really pleased you enjoyed it!Delete
What a lovely, peaceful scene. Beautiful!ReplyDelete
Thanks Caitlin, I'm glad you liked it!Delete
Great scene. So peaceful with a hint of danger. Like the others, I love a man who can talk to the animals. No Doctor Doolittle here.ReplyDelete