I walk most mornings in the wee small hours before my husband leaves for work, and during the winter months that means rugging up against the cold and navigating the path in the dark (or by streetlight). However the past few days, in wake of the storm, we’ve had beautiful clear skies and one of the brightest full moons I’ve seen for a long time. I’ve always felt there is something special about walking in the reflected glow of moonlight. The world seems softer, newer and more magical – especially when the heavy frosts sparkle, untouched by man and beast. So I guess it’s not surprising this fascination would work its way into a story somewhere along the way!
So in honour of the full moon, and the 26th of June here are 11 paragraphs (1+1=2 and because June is the 6th month – only WIPpet maths could equate that to the 26th) of my newest story, The Moon is Made of Glass, which has the potential to turn into a rather magical sort of WIPpet.
Carys peered into the moonlit pool, clapping her hands and laughing with delight as the gentle ripples pulled at her reflection; softening the edges and changing the shape of her face.
“Sit still child.”
The old woman’s fingers, as sharp as her words, dug into the soft underside of Carys’s arm. Not taking her eyes off the water, she took a deep breath and tried to hold still. She had never been down to the lake at night, and she didn’t trust the old woman to break the spell and haul her back to bed.
There was magic in the moonlight. Carys could feel it. It felt warm against her skin like sunlight on a warm spring afternoon, soaking into her bones and making her feel like she was caught in the place between a dream and waking up. She held her breath and pulled her excitement in. If she could hide it from the old woman maybe she wouldn’t have to wake up from this dream.
It was barely a whisper, but Carys heard the threat. She yearned to reach out and stroke the silken surface of the water, to fall into the moon’s perfect reflection – but she pulled the excitement closer and the grip on her arm relaxed.
She didn’t know how long she sat, holding her breath – eyes fixed on the silver disc in the water, but after a while she realised the only sound she could hear was the gentle huff of her breath. The nocturnal chorus of frog-calls and insect-song had disappeared, and even the lapping of the water grew still.
They’re holding their breath, she thought. Just like me.
“What do you see?”
There was a greedy edge to the old woman’s voice, as she strained forward to look over Carys’s shoulder. She shrunk away – suppressing a shudder, as the old woman’s breath blew hot against her ear. She was stealing the magic, sucking it out of the air as surely as the moon…
“What do you see?” The fingers dug in again and Carys jumped.
“It’s… it’s getting bigger.” (Postscript: Story continued here)
Well there you go. I hope you liked it!
While we’re talking about all things WIPpet related, I’m having a bit of a WIPpeteer fest this week on the blog. Yesterday our very talented Kate Frost was my very first guest-blogger, with a very thought-provoking post about self-publishing allowing greater freedom to write in different genres. If you haven’t already, you can check it out here.
And you should also buy The Butterfly Storm too (available from Amazon) – because it’s awesome. I’m going to do a review of The Butterfly Storm and ask Kate all sorts of probing WIPpeteer type questions (like what would your ideal WIPpeteer outfit be?… Just kidding… No, actually now I’m curious – you’ll have to tune in to find out…) in the very near future – so watch this blog!
And because A is for Awesome and Alana, (and And and Also) I’m also interviewing the lovely Alana Terry on Friday about The Beloved Daughter aka The Book that made me cry… for lots of reasons, not least because it was also so beautifully written. (Alana is it too late to have your take on the WIPpeeter outfit???). So make sure you come back for that too! (And buy The Beloved Daughter because it too is a story you need to read).
Many thanks to the lovely K.L. Schwengel for
keeping the WIPpeteers in line hosting WIPpet Wednesday. If you want to join us, or check out some other very tantalising WIPpets head on over to this linky.
Have a great week!