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A Whisper of Truth: Foul Deeds Will Rise on WIPpet Wednesday

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date. It’s hosted by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys! She’s our fearless shepherd…or something like that, anyway…

OK, here’s the situation. Last Wednesday, I posted “Eat Up” with Captain Archer ordering T’Pol to eat her plomeek broth. Then, on Sunday, I posted the next snippet, “You Missed My Boots”, for WeWriWa’s #8sunday.

T’Pol – let’s just say that she’s not feeling so well, just now. And a sick Vulcan maybe needs privacy more than comforting – or, at least any comforting that doesn’t come from a certain engineer of her acquaintance…

So, she’s taking a bit of a hiatus, and hoping her stomach will resume cooperating with her.

Which means that I’m back to Foul Deeds Will Rise, the second volume in my Trueborn Weft series.

Both of them have talked about or interacted with Niaan – Tacivaar in a way that was devastating in its unintended by undeniable cruelty – but, thus far, we haven’t officially entered Niaan’s reality.

Today, that changes. We meet Niaan in the aftermath of her Huntleader’s betrayal, and her own poison-induced terrors…

WIPpet Math:

Today is August 12, 2015.

I’ve got 12 sentences today.


A Whisper of Truth

Niaan missed the branch she was reaching for, and nearly fell the six lengths to the ground before catching another by the fingertips, and using it to launch herself to the next tree.

There was an easier way to do this – why did she not simply drop her outer shape, and wear Huntform?

“No!” The cry broke powerfully from her throat, punctured by fangs of pain – it emerged barely a panted whisper –

A whisper of truth.

She would not take Lynxform, now. She could not.

The danger was too great.

She swung from the new branch, caught the next easily, but it wouldn’t be so if she couldn’t stop her shudderings. She was moving upward, knowing that she wasn’t safe on the ground, knowing that she would not be, unless she wove a bower –

But how could she take the time, when the Hunters were ever nearer?


What is the danger Niaan fears?

Will she find safety, or fall?

Will she risk taking Lynxform?

Who are the Hunters?

How does she know they’re ‘ever nearer’?

I’ll be posting the next eight lines from this scene for #8sunday, if you’d like to learn more.

Looking for more WIPpet Snippets where no one’s in danger of falling to their death? You can find those, or add your own date-related excerpt, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet!



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15 thoughts on “A Whisper of Truth: Foul Deeds Will Rise on WIPpet Wednesday

  1. Your snippets are always so tantalising… and always finish in places where I really wish they didn’t, because I want to read on! My heart was in my mouth for Niaan all the way through…

    (And poor T’Pol… Not fun at all, I still feel really bad for her!)

    1. *Laughs evil writer laugh, while maniacally stroking the cat.*

      That’s one way to prime an audience! =D

      Niaan is definitely having a rough time, and it’s not likely to ease up for her anytime soon….but she’s taking some time away, to focus on trying to get through those trees safely…

      And T’Pol is back, and still at the mercy of her rebellious innards…nope, it’s not fun, and the Captain isn’t helping. Thankfully, Trip seem to have a good idea of what she needs…

    1. If you peek back on Sunday (like you’ve got nothing else to do on Sunday, right?!) you get eight more sentences…not sure what I’m sharing from next week yet, but it’s not likely to be more of this scene, because that could get spoilery….

    1. Now, what kind of story would that make?!

      Actually, she will eventually land someplace very nice…but I don’t think it’s too spoilery to say that all will not be remotely well…

  2. Being a regular reader of fantasy, I didn’t have any problem with Huntform, taking it for shape-shifting right away. 🙂

    Good snippet, makes me curious about all the dangers she seems to be facing.

    1. Good to know that the shape-shifting comes through easily and naturally, at least for fantasy readers….

      There is definitely danger here, in abundance….but it may not be remotely the danger that she’s afraid of…

      So glad you’re curious to learn more, because this series will be a sweeping saga, intertwined with – something else I’m not going to talk about just yet…. =D

  3. At first I thought Huntform was some sort of fantasy brand of clothing, a clever play on the Maidenform name, till I saw Lynxform and figured they must both be referred to shapeshifting. Hopefully the trees will prove a safe refuge and no one will suspect she’s up there.

    1. It would make an interesting brand name, wouldn’t it?

      I never thought of it quite that way before. It’s worth considering, because I intend to start revising The Stars Are Fire, the first volume in this series, sometime in 2016 or 2017. I think I make it clear what Huntform is – the shedding of the external form and embracing wholly the inner Hunter or Huntress within – but I’ll look at that very carefully, because, by this point early in the second volume, it should be very clear what she’s avoiding – and that doing so might actually be more dangerous for her than taking Lynxform….

      As for whether the trees can offer her any protection – well, that’s a matter for another WIPpet (or not…).

  4. Lots of tension in here. I, too, am curious as to what danger she faces by taking her lynxform. You’ve presented lots of questions here that need answering.

    1. The dangers may be real, or they may be imagined – she’s not exactly at her best, right now…

      But, whether the danger is real or not, she believes that it is, and that’s going to have a major impact on how she reacts and responds for – well, some time to come….

      What’s that? Questions that need answering? Lots of them?

      *rubs hands together, and starts muttering, “ohgoody ohgoody ohgoody – I’ve caught Kathi in my snare…..”*

      Uh, you didn’t hear that, right?!

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