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Saturday, 16 June 2018

To Hades with her demented half brother!



Hi fellow  Snippeteers and readers.  Welcome to  my Weekend Warriors post. I'm continuing this week with 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 above and also below this post, there's something for all tastes.

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Terpsichore, muse of dance, was given a new mission by Apollo, to restore joy and the love of dancing to the Celts of 5th Century Wales. Now she has completed her task and looks forward to returning  to Olympus, but then her annoying brother turns up, trying to get her to drink his wine. Eventually she persuades him to leave.

 (As usual, some creative editing of punctuation and slight variation from published version to comply with 10 sentence rule)



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He lurched unsteadily to his feet, causing one of his Maenads to loose her hold on him, and fall over, giggling. He grabbed her arm and moments later they all disappeared like mist in the heat of a summer's day.

To Hades with her demented half-brother. The more she thought about it, the more the allure of the water drew her to it, she should never have taken that wine—not even a sip, who knew what enchantment he'd put in it?

She shrugged,what was she thinking, she  was her own goddess, wasn't she? If she wanted to bathe, she would, she certainly didn't need any charmed wine to make her decisions for her. 

In an instant, her Celtic clothing melted away, she  laid her lyre against a friendly tree trunk and ran beneath the curtain of water cascading over the cliff face. She stood, waist deep in the shallows of the pool and let the water rush over her. The cold crystal clear liquid invigorated her, she felt the life force of the spring flow around and through her, the molecules that composed it, the tiny life forms unseen. This was her element and she rejoiced in it. 

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DANCING WITH FATE
When Terpsichore, the Muse of Dance, is assigned to revisit the land of Wales, her task seems simple enough. She is unaware there is a hidden agenda. Before she can return to Olympus her path crosses that of the mysterious Myrddin, and her heart is lost. But Myrddin is promised to another. His mind is set on the dangerous task that lies before him, and the woman he has sworn to save. Nevertheless, he cannot deny the growing attraction between him and the beautiful stranger he meets along the way. 


 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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27 comments:

  1. I hope her brother doesn't lead her to do something she shouldn't.

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    1. Well, she's pretty savvy... but there are things going on behind the scenes that she's not aware of.

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  2. The enchanted wine trick... lol. I think it was. Her mood has so abruptly changed. :-)

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    1. Luckily she only took a sip - but possibly a sip too far! :)

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  3. Glorious scene and your words leap out to this reader. I do believe she's in a heap of trouble.

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    1. Oh thank you Charmaine, you always boost my confidence! So glad you enjoyed it.

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  4. She's so happy in the moment - beautiful description by the way - and I have the feeling she's going to be in deep trouble soon, thanks to Dionysius. And wow, the Maenads can probably get really annoying, yes? Great snippet!

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    1. Thanks Veronica, yes it's the 'peace before the storm' and she finds both her brother and the Maenads very annoying. She's very glad to be rid of them at last!

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  5. There was definitely something in that wine. Loved the descriptions. Great snippet!

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    1. Thanks so much, Elyzabeth, so glad you liked it.

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  6. My earlier comment didn't see to come through, so I'll try again. Your description is nicely sensual, and one word stood out -- you describe the tree as 'friendly'. That's the perfect word for a goddess who is close to nature.

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    1. Thanks so much for persevereing, Ed, Blogger can be a pain sometimes! Yes, Terpsichore is very much in tune with nature, I'm so pleased you picke up on that!

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  7. Beautiful description! Makes me want to jump in the pool!

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    1. Thank you Christina - yes a dip in a cool pool sounds very inviting, especially as we're having some welcome summer weather here in the UK!

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  8. Why do I feel like her moment of bliss is going to be rudely interrupted by some duuuude? :)

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    1. LOL - perhaps you have the gift of foresight, Amy, or maybe she'll get away with it!

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  9. Lovely description. I hope she enjoys the moment.

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    1. Thank you Elaine, yes, a moment of tranquility as her life is about to get pretty hectic!

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  10. He's the god of wine--of course he put something in it. She'd better watch out! Wonderful description of the pool and waterfall. Want to go there!

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    1. Thanks Jenna, glad you liked the description - I know several waterfalls and pools like that in Wales, so this scene is a sort of amalgamation of real places. Like Terpsichore, I love moving water!

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  11. Beautiful description -- and I could go for that waterfall and pool right about now!

    (I think Dionysus is getting a bad rap here, though.)

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    1. You're very discerning, PT - and you're right. Dionysus may be very annoying, but he's actually only (unwittingly) a small part of a much deeper scheme by Apollo and Zeus, to ensure events work out as they should.

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  12. Right . . . blame the wine. LOL. Knowing her brother, she should have been wiser. But that shower sure sounds good . . .

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    1. Yes, you have a point, but she's also very wary of upsetting him. I have a feeling she'd have found it hard to resist going into the water, with or without the wine though.

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  13. As I read about the shower, I kept thinking someone (a human) would see her. This snippet makes me want to read more. Good job.

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  14. Thanks Diane, yes, it's a very secluded location, but I think you're right about the chance of someone spotting her. She's blissfully unconcerned hough, after all, she's a goddess!

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  15. I want to know who it there watching her. Great snippet. Makes me want to know more.

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