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Sunday, 28 October 2018

SundaySnippets, #WeekendWarriors, 'Dancing With Fate' - "It was my duty."

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 about to return to Olympus when she meets the mysterious Myrddin.  She is lured into a bog by the evil Ellilldan, the fire demons.Myrddin rescues her. Although there is a mutual attraction between them, Myrddin is betrothed to another and is on his way to rescue her from her kidnapper. Apollo has sent Terpsichore a message that Myrddin is in danger. In this excerpt, Myrddin at last reveals his relationship to his betrothed.


SNIPPET  

You're telling me you were willing to marry a woman who meant nothing to you?"

Myrddin sighed. "Not exactly, it was a marriage arranged by our fathers when we were still children. We only met a few times; we didn't really know each other. Gwendolyn was right about that. But...she is very beautiful and I  thought I loved her. I really did."

Terpsichore wished more than ever she still had the power to read thoughts. The possibility he might no longer care for Gwendolyn, and be free to love her, was torture. Yet, did she really want to love a man who fell out of love so easily?

"I'm trying to understand, are you saying you no longer love her, even though you came all this way at risk of your life, to rescue her."

"It was my duty. "



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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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24 comments:

  1. At what point do love and duty coincide? And which of the two is a stronger motivator for him?

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    1. Good questions, Ed, and not easy for him to prioritise the one over the other. Fortunately, the matter will be resolved!

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  2. Lots to mull over. He's very complex. ;-)

    We'll miss you, but enjoy the time you spend on your WIP!

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    1. Aw thanks Teresa, I hope to pop in from time to time to comment, even if I'm not participating myself.

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  3. Another striking snippet well written

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  4. So many conflicting thoughts. Duty is one thing, but love is something else completely. When they collide, it can be wonderful or very bad. I hope he figures everything out.

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    1. You're so right, Jessica. I think things will work out!

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  5. He's correct. Duty comes first, until... love beckons?

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    1. Got it in one, Aurora. He is an honorable man and it's not easy for him.

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  6. I appreciate her concern over how fast he seems to fall out of love...although his devotion to duty is a pretty good sign...excellent excerpt.

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    1. Thanks Veronica. There's actually a lot more to Myrddin than has been revealed so far. I wonder if anyone here can guess who he really is? (The clue's in the name - pronounced Mur-thin)

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  7. And now it gets complicated. What fun!

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  8. Ohhh! Which is a stronger force in his life - love, or duty?

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    1. That's the burning question! Thanks for stopping by, Sheila.

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  9. He said he "thought" he loved her, so it might not be fair to paint him as someone who falls out of love quickly. I bet she's too anxious to think of that!

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    1. You got it, Caitlin! He's not had anything other than a few meetings with his intended to guage love by - until he met Cora. She'll realise that when she's had time to think about it.

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  10. Love and duty aren't the same thing but both are indicative of a good, solid man. I hope she realizes that. We'll miss you, Lyn.

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    1. I'm sure she will. Thanks, Nancy, I will be back though and I'll pop in and comment when I can.

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  11. Intriguing snippet. Duty and Love- I'm thinking he may in his own way love Gwendolyn but he's not 'in love' with her. :)

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  12. You've hit the nail right on the head there, Karen

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  13. What a tough spot to be in, especially when he definitely won't give up on the rescue. And what will happen when he DOES rescue Gwendolyn? How will she feel about it? Great snippet, Hywela.

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    1. Thanks Siobhan - I don't want to give too much away, but Gwendolyn's situation may not be as simple as it seems.

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