It’s WIPpet Wednesday again, where I crack open my Work in Progress to give you a peak at my writerly heart. Today’s WIPet, in honour of the 27th is taken from page 27 of The Legend of the Kings. Legend was the book that started this great big epic fantasy of mine and I’ve been revisiting it lately to see how much will need to be re-written in light of The Fall of the Kings. Some things that were reader reveals in Legend have actually been explained in Fall, so there’s been a bit of reorganisation – and with regard to this passage – timelines too. Legend was supposed to be generations after Fall but to get the trilogy to hang together it’s now within one lifetime.
Background to this passage: Gaelladorn is isolated from the outside wall by a boundary – the only thing keeping a plague of dragons out. A family tragedy, directly related to the boundary has left Aiden alone and angry, until he stumbles across some information about the boundary that doesn’t make sense. Despite direct opposition from the powers that be at the Sanctuary, Aiden sets off to unravel the mystery. In this passage he has found himself at a sheep station near to the boundary, trying to get information out of the Fraser family – a very tight-knit and until now, closed-lipped group:
Every eye was on Aiden as he recounted his tale of finding the scroll and his theory about what Daniel Fells was doing with the Overseer’s ring. As he spoke even the children seemed to settle, hanging on every word.
“I was hoping you might know where Daniel was working the day he disappeared?”
No one said anything.
As Aiden looked at the faces around the table, his heart sank. What could they possibly know after all this time?
“Why is it so important to you?” There was no warmth in Ian Fraser’s eyes, and the challenge hung heavy in the air.
Why indeed? Why was this so important?
Reasons swarmed up to justify his quest. Because he couldn’t live one more day trapped behind an ineffective boundary. Because almost everyone he loved was dead. Because what was left of his life was so unbearable he needed something to fill it – even if it was impossible. Yet as the painful thoughts arose, something quieter pushed at his memory.
“Because what happened wasn’t right.”
The words seemed to slip out of him, and by the blank expressions he was afraid he’d blown any chance with the Frasers. But to his surprise it was Annie who spoke.
“My grandmother told me about Daniel, and she’d heard it from her grandmother.”
“Mother.” Ian’s voice held a rebuke.
“No.” The old lady dismissed her son with a wave. “He can have the truth, at least what we know of it…”
If you’d like to join in the WIPpet fun, post a section of your work in progress that has some relevance to the date – 27 words, lines, something from page 27 or chapter 27 (it’s pretty flexible), then add your link to this linky and check out what the other WIPeteers are working on. Many thanks again to the lovely K.L.Schwengel for hosting!