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Saturday, 25 August 2018

#SundaySnippets, #WeekendWarriors, 'Dancing With Fate' - In the name of Hades, she had never seen anything like this before.


Hello fellow  Snippeteers and readers.  Welcome to my Weekend Warriors post. I'm continuing  with another snippet from my fantasy novella, Dancing With Fate. Thank you to everyone who's been following my snippets so far.

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BACKGROUND:

Having fulfilled the mission set by Apollo, Terpsichore the muse of dance is preparing to return to Olympus when she meets the mysterious Myrddin. Unaware of her goddess status, he invites her to share a meal with him
She refuses to allow him to accompany her but with the coming of darkness, they settle down for the night.


SNIPPET (as usual, some creative punctuation to comply with 10 sentence rule)
                                         

The glowing red sparks appeared a few hours before dawn. Terpsichore looked across to where she could just make out Myrddin, lying close to the fire, apparently asleep. She stood and wrapped her brat around her shoulders. What unearthly lights were these? In the name of Hades, she had never seen anything like this before. She watched them as they advanced and retreated, advanced and retreated. They seemed to beckon to her. She walked forward a few steps. This was not natural. She sensed evil, but of a kind she had never come across before.

She tried to turn her head, to look away and move back to the fire. Some force compelled her to keep staring at them, to move forward. Further and further from the campfire she wandered. The air grew chill and she pulled her brat more closely around her. The flickering lights gyrated in a wild dance, inviting her to follow them. Dawn was approaching. In the dim early morning light, she could make out demon faces, red glowing eyes, hands outstretched, with flames at their fingertips. 

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DANCING WITH FATE


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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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28 comments:

  1. This is both beautiful and neat. I have no idea what the lights are, but you've got me curious to find out.

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    1. Hywela Lyn26 August 2018 at 14:45
      Thanks so much, Ed. I don't want to drag this out too much, but I guess I really should explain what the lights are - but you'll have to wait a couple of weeks to find out! :)

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  2. Gorgeous and frightening at the same time. I admire your style, Hywela.

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    1. Aw thanks Charmaine, that's such a lovely comment. I have to admit my writing owes a lot to being brough up with a myriad Welsh myths and legends!

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  3. Uh oh, they've ensnared her with the dancing. This was a spooky and intense snippet and I so want Myrddin to wake up but where he's human maybe it's better he stays asleep!

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    1. You're so right Veronica - but there's actually more to Myrddin that meets the eye.

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  4. Intriguing and probably dangerous. Can she escape their lure?

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    1. Even more dangerous than she suspected, Aurora!

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  5. Oh no, Stay away from the light!

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  6. If only she would! thanks for stopping by, Sue.

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  7. Wonderful snippet, Hywela. Such great imagery.

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    1. Thank you so much, Chris, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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  8. Great buildup to the demons. I felt a shiver go down my spine!

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    1. Thanks Chris, they're very shiver-worthy creatures! :)

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  9. I'm curious to know what these lights are. Great imagery.

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  10. Great imagery in this snippet. The demons sound scary.

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  11. Great description/imagery. I'm intrigued by what she's seeing.

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  12. Some kind of scary angler-fish demon lurking out there! How terrifying, to know what you're doing is dangerous, and be unable to stop.

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    1. You're on the nail there Caitlin, Poor Terpsichore may be a goddess, but on Earth she has no special powers and is just as susceptible to the demon's trance enducing enchantment, as would be a mere mortal!

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  13. Oy! A demon face! She needs to stop following it now and get back to Myrddin. :-) Intense snippet!

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    1. She would if she could - but she's under their spell!

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  14. I got the worst feeling as I read. I wanted to yell, "Don't go forward." Then that last line. Ooh. Shiver!

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    1. Yes, they're not nice, and she's in real danger!

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  15. Oooo more evil? Sounds like fun for the readers!

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    1. Yep, readers do like to see the hero/heroine in danger, don't they! Not so much fun for her though! :)

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  16. This is chilling. I hope he is going to wake up. I think she needs to accept his over to accompany her, she doesn't seem to be able to take care of herself.

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  17. Hi Linda, thanks for stopping by - yes she needs his help at the moment, but she's normally more than capable of taking care of herself and there will come a time when he needs her to save him!

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