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Saturday, 22 September 2018

#SundaySnippets, #WeekendWarriors, 'Dancing With Fate' - "An evil older than time itself"

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, and been kind enough to comment.

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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.  She is lured towards a host of glimmering, evil red lights, and although she senses the danger, she is now without her powers and has no means of resisting them. Myrddin rescues her and holds her in his arms. They kiss and he releases her swiftly, for he is betrothed to another This leads directly on from last week's snippet ..."Forgive me. It was just...I was so relieved the Ellylldan didn't take you."

SNIPPET  (As always, please forgive the creative punctuation to comply with the ten sentence rule.)

"Take me where - and who are the Ellylldan?"

"Goblin fire," he dropped her hands, put an arm lightly around her shoulder, and led her back to the campfire. He poked it with a stick until it flared up and she drew closer to the heat, "the Ellylldan lure the unwary into the bog land, those who follow them are never seen again." He paused,"of course, you are not from these parts, so you would not have heard of them."

"I had the sense of evil...an evil older than time itself."

Myrddin nodded, "they are certainly an ancient evil...and not confined to Cymru either. They appear in different guises in all four corners of the world."

Terpsichore wondered how he knew so much, it seemed, however, there was a lot about Myrddin she did not know. She wrinkled her nose as the heat from the fire dried the mud on her clothes, producing a putrid smell. 

"I think I should bathe and get rid of this mud."

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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. I'm glad she's willing to admit she doesn't know everything she needs to. Great snippet, Hywela.

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    1. Yes - and she's feeling a bit out of her depth and vulnerable in this situation, without her powers.

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  2. Sounds like they're about to have an interesting adventure.

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  3. Another exquisite snippet, my friend.

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    1. Aw thanks, dear Charmaine, you are always so supportive x

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  4. Interesting revelations . . . but also fascinating in the sense that they reveal him to be more, perhaps, than he pretends to be. I like snippets with insinuations like this!

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    1. Thanks Ed - yes there's a lot more to Myrddin than meets the eye, or that even he is quite aware of yet.

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  5. He is polite as well as well-informed. A good companion.

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  6. So interesting that even though she's a 'mythological' being herself, she doesn't automatically know about all the others in the world. I thought that was an excellent point. Really enjoyed the snippet!

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    1. Thanks Veronica. Yes, this is a completely different world to the one she calls 'home'.

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  7. Great snippet! I wonder if he will watch her bathe again. Sounds like they are going to have an adventure either way.

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    1. They are, but Myrddin is too polite to peek - I think! :)

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  8. She now realizes she doesn't know everything. Also gives more of an insight to how Myrddin does know this world.

    She needs a bath? Should prove interesting... :)

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    1. That's right, Karen - and yes, she really does need a bath! :)

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  9. Ew. What's in the mud that makes is smell so bad? o.O
    She really likes baths, this lady.

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    1. Well, mud from a bog, that's heated up by the fire, does tend to smell a bit - and it doesn't help that it's tainted by fire demons. Yes, she loves the water, but then she's a water nymph as well as a muse!

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  10. A bath is the answer to everything! No peeking!

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  11. I wonder what’s causing the bad smell? She should definitely take a bath! ;-)

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    1. As I mentioned earlier, hot mud and fire demon aura - yuck! :) You're right, she needs to clean up!

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  12. Hmmm... is the jury out on whether he's a good guy or a bad guy?? Dennis the Menace said you could always tell who the good guy is because he wears a white hat. Does Myrddin wear a white hat?

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    1. All I'm going to say is ... he doesn't wear a hat, (well not yet anyway) but if he did, it wouldn't be a black one! :)

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    1. Oh Myrddin is very wise, and very clever. He's got hidden talents too - remmember the blue fire that scared the firedemons away?

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