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It’s the weekend again (OK, in the interest of full disclosure, it’s only Thursday evening as I type this, but it will be the weekend when you read this.) I’ve shifted my main focus from Story a Day May to JuNoWriMo – and from exploring characters and their stories to actually, well, writing the novels these characters will inhabit.
Enough about that, though. As far as we’re concerned. it is the weekend, so it’s time for another snippet from “A Splash of Red,” which I’m serializing. This surreal fantasy story is the child of my own life and dreams, with a generous dollop of imagery and a big dash of creative license…
More on the story after the eight-sentence snippet.
Context, such as it is…A woman is attempting to win the trust of a little girl in a red dress, while hawks wheel above. The child has asked if she has children of her own, and the woman answered that she does.
Given the surrealism of the story, punctuation is a bit creative, so be warned!
Deep places roll through her eyes; the hawks wait, but they know their prey. So does my child self; she watches my eyes, then the pebble on my palm. She shivers under the hawk’s chilling shadow. I can feel her thoughts and feelings crashing and crowding within her. Answers. Above all, if she is to trust, she must have answers that she can trust.
“Do you -?” She bites back the question and twists her hair; only now do I realize that I am doing the same.
What does the child want to ask?
Why does she hesitate?
Why does the woman echo the child’s actions?
Next week may bring answers –
and certainly more questions!
Previous “A Splash of Red” snippets:
Did you like what you read? “A Splash of Red” was originally published in the 2014 inaugural edition of World Unknown Review, which is edited by L.S. Engler. Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my own initial self-publishing experiment.
That being said, I’d love any and all input and criticism you’re inclined to offer. Until then, may your week be delightful! =D