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.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Witt.
I made it to everyone who linked last Wednesday. I wanted to do it before the weekend, and I actually finished on Monday, but still – I made it to everyone!
This week, I’m going to aim for Sunday night, and see if I can make it.
Right now, though, let’s rejoin Donovan Nash and Ava Garcia in Sea Changes.
Donovan is one of my favorite Kifo Island characters. He had a major supporting role in both of my previously drafted Kifo stories. Now, he gets his own (well, shared with Karina, and maybe Ava, but still, he’s finally the star he was always meant to be!)
For those who’ve forgotten, or are new to this story, here’s the premise:
In advocating for a dying girl seeking emancipation from controlling parents, can an overburdened young woman and a lonely young man find a future together?
This passage is NaNo rough. My plan is to begin creating a revision plan within the next few months. That said, any input is gratefully accepted!
- Today is May 25, 2016
- I‘ve got seven short paragraphs today; adding the digits of the day (2+5=7.)
Donovan and Ava are exploring a possible working relationship, and have an important conversation.
“Or How Young”
“Like I said, I’m good at hugs. I didn’t get many growing up, either. Giving them out freely helps that little sad boy inside.”
“I hope we can work together, Donovan. I like you. You don’t treat me like being a child means I don’t count.”
“That’s because it doesn’t. Have you ever read Horton Hears a Who?”
“Oh, I love that book!”
“Me too. Anyway, Horton had it right, and so did Dr. Seuss. ‘A person’s a person, no matter how small.’ Or how young. I promise you this, Ava. If we work together, I will take your wishes into consideration exactly the same way I would if you were an adult.” He settled back on his heels; she seemed to have regained her equilibrium, but he thought she enjoyed knowing he was close enough to touch, so he didn’t go back to his seat.
“That’s good – because I’m going to die before I really am one. That’s the part my parents refuse to believe. They kept telling me, ‘When you’re an adult, you can choose for yourself.’ I tried to tell them that was never going to happen, but they were always focused on the next therapy, and the next, and then a trial, and another, and some experimental program seven states away -” She cut herself off with a firm shake of the head that made her dark brown hair, which she wore in a long bob, swing. “Enough of that. Be here now, Ava.”
A little thrill of recognition went through him, and, in that moment, at those familiar words, Donovan knew.
What does Donovan know?
Is Ava truly free from her parents’ wishes?
Should she be?
Some of these questions may be answered – and others will certainly be posed- next week, so be sure to come back then to learn more of Donovan’s story.
To read Donovan’s scene in its entirety, just follow the links:
Still Nameless (includes link list for Karina’s scene, as well)
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