One of the highlights of my week is hanging out with the Wednesday WIPpeteers – my awesome international writing buddies, who are good enough to share snippets from their work in progress. Although these pieces are often out of context and early drafts, it’s a great way to keep motivated and to catch up on teasers from a wide range of manuscripts. WIPpeteers, I salute you!
Today’s WIPpet, is (for a change) totally in line with the date. In honour of the 24th of April, here are 24 lines from page 24 of The Fall of the Kings. The passage is from Josiah’s perspective.
After a few minutes I realised Simon had stopped speaking and was looking at me, as though waiting for an answer.
I gave a vague nod, hoping I hadn’t agreed to anything I’d regret and rubbed my forehead. The last thing Tobias needed was for anyone to think he was my favourite.
“I told Tobias to come and see me as soon as he returned. He probably took me literally.”
Simon snorted and shuffled towards the door.
“But if he turns up early show him in. I have a job for him.”
Simon’s lips pulled together in a tight line, disapproval radiating out of every pore. But I pretended not to notice.
“We’re expecting such a large influx of people for the Dedication, I promised the Council some extra hands. Besides it’ll stop him cluttering up your reception area.”
“As you wish.”
He gave a sharp nod, and his shoulders stiffened, as though it was all he could do to maintain his dignity. I was tempted to let him have his sulk, but as prickly as Simon was, he served me tirelessly and deserved to be treated with kindness. It would also make things easier for Tobias when he returned.
“I would have asked you Simon, but I thought digging the temporary privys was more suited to a novice than someone of your experience.”
Although the words were delivered in a stoic manner, his cheek gave a tell-tale twitch. This was one matter he would let go of.
If you would like to join in the WIPpet Wednesday fun, just post something from your work in progress that has some correlation to the date. 24 words, lines, paragraphs from page 24, or chapter 24. Being creative with the date reference is totally in the spirit of this blog hop! Then head over to this linky to join in the fun. Thanks as always to K.L. Schwengel for hosting!