I know I promised you dragons this week, but I’ve trawled back through the WIP and I can’t find anything suitable to share. Most of them contained spoilers, one piece was written in a dragon’s POV (probably not a keeper), and nothing else fired the imagination.
So instead here’s a light passage where Stellar drags an unwilling Jae along to visit the Sanctuary library. Both Jae and Stellar are in disguise, if they were recognised as travellers the best case scenario is they would be arrested. Stellar, however, doesn’t seem the slightest bit worried… In honour of the 3rd, today’s WIPpet is from page 73 of The Fall of the Kings.
“Are you the librarian? Are you responsible for all this!” Stellar waved her arm with a big flourish and beamed down at the man, who stared at her as though she had just stepped out of one of his books.
This was Stellar being inconspicuous? She might not look much like the Stellar Jae knew; her head was bare, silvery tresses bound in a tight bun and the long shapeless dress and grey shawl made her look dowdy and harmless. But the disguise would only go so far if she kept behaving like – like Stellar.
Jae tucked her arm through Stellar’s and gave her a sharp pinch. Willing her to tone it down. All he had to do was recognise her accent or look a little closer at Jae’s colouring and it would all be over. She ducked her head and fought the urge to run a hand over her scarf to check her hair was covered.
The man staggered to his feet but his gaze didn’t leave Stellar. Jae tensed, but to her surprise the man’s shaggy grey eyebrows raised and the hostility evaporated.
“I am. Although I haven’t been able to unpack properly yet.” He scowled at the half-empty shelves, before turning back to Stellar and showing his teeth in what appeared to be a smile.
“Well I can’t imagine what it will look like when you’ve finished. My niece has never seen a library – and I knew the Sanctuary library would be something special. What do you think Janice?”
Janice? Jae was more desperate than ever to get Stellar out of that library – so she could throttle her. But under the gaze of a beaming Stellar and a man who was clearly not very interested in little Janice, Jae forced a smile and tried to look impressed.