There are some people you know so well you can predict how they will react in any given situation. Things they’ll find funny (that perhaps no one else would), whether they can laugh off a slight, or will get out the pitchfork over some pet peeve. In today’s Wednesday WIPpet one of my characters, Jae realises she knows one man more than she’d care to admit, and she’s not altogether happy about it.
In honour of the 20th, this is 20ish lines from Chapter 20 of my Work in Progress, The Fall of the Kings.
Jae sighed and reluctantly started to run back up the trail towards the Sanctuary. She had to lift the hem of the hated skirt in order to do so, but she couldn’t very well discard it now. Zak had better hope she could pass for a city girl, or they were both going to be in trouble.
She didn’t know who she was madder with; Zak for heading off into certain discovery, or Stellar for suggesting she understood Zak. If she lived to a hundred she’d never fathom the logic of that man.
Yet as the trees thinned out, to her chagrin she had a pretty good idea of what Zak might be doing – because it was what she’d do herself; skirt the tree line and find a good vantage point to view the crowd. It would be all but impossible to find a few people in a crowd this size, but he would have been persistent and wouldn’t take risks.
Not immediately anyway – patience wasn’t his strong suit, especially when it came to Jae.
Then he’d probably assume they’d been caught. She scowled – in fact he probably skipped straight to that presumption, which meant he’d be looking for them. But where? The Order had a small tent set up to the side of the Sanctuary – he might get close and try and catch word of the two women – but that would mean crossing the God’s Way through the crowds. The alternative was to get close to the soliders’ station – and even he wouldn’t be so stupid as to risk that. Excepting it was on this side of the road and close to the trees.
She puffed out a breath and picked up her pace. Just this once Zak, why couldn’t you wait?
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