Snippets of Story has rolled around again? Goodness, these months go by fast! I know it's been ages since I last posted-- I've written several posts since then, but I didn't really like any of them. So I figured Snippets was a good reason to post.
Do any of you guys remember a short piece that I posted here asking for help with revision? Well, the people who replied suggesting having a flashback. So here's that flashback!
“Stay away, girl! We don’t need no beggers here,” snapped the farmer, as Alea and her horse approached the fence.
“Please, sir, I only wish for some food and water, and a place to shelter tonight,” Alea said. “There’s a storm brewing. I don’t want to be out alone.”
The man narrowed his eyes, and shook his head. “Young girl, travelin’ alone? You gotta be a witch, or sumthin’ and I’m not takin’ you into my home.”
Alea felt tears pricking the back of her eyes. She didn’t want to be alone, without shelter that night—the storm that was brewing would be a fierce one. But she wouldn’t argue with someone who wouldn’t take her in—she knew she couldn’t change her mind, and she had to find adequate shelter before the storm came.
She turned, and began to walk away. She heard the farmer do the same. She was walking slowly, scanning the nearby area for a place she could shelter, when she heard footsteps behind her. She turned, and saw a pretty, middle aged woman wiping her hands on an apron, rushing up behind her.
Alea smiled at her. “Hello ma’am, can I help you?”
The woman sighed. “I’m sorry about my husband. I saw him turn you away. And you’re such a nice lookin’ girl, and this storm will be nasty—I don’t want you comin’ to harm during it. I know my husband said that you couldn’t stay with us, but I’m goin’ to go behind his back, just this once, and let you sleep in the barn. There aren’t any more neighbors for miles, and you won’t find good shelter before the storm comes.” The woman smiled at her.
This next piece is the beginning of a story I started when I was on my trip. I don't know if I'll ever really add more to it, but I definitely liked the idea, and reading back, I liked the writing as well, so I figured I'd let you guys read a bit of it. It was originally supposed to be set in a futuristic Washington, D.C., but I'm not so sure now... it might just be a random city.
Elise leaned against the balcony, watching the lights of the city go out beneath her. All at once, the city was cloaked in darkness. And then, a few moments later, the lights of the watchtowers roared to life. Her own home behind her, stayed lit. They did not have to bend to the rules of curfew-- they were too closely linked with The Monarch.
Elise held her right hand in front of her, and examined the three rings she had known since birth, and had gotten new ones every year. A simple silver band, symbolizing citizenship of The Union, was at the bottom of the three. Next came another silver band, but this one was made of three interlocking vines, with tiny flowers on them. It was her family’s ring. Everyone in her family wore one. Each of the Higher Families had their own ring, and wearing one showed that you had importance. And last, a silver band made up of two arms, their hands interlocked mid-handshake. It symbolized unity with The Monarch. Elise wore this one because her father and The Monarch worked closely-- though, it was true they had never met. The Monarch met almost no one, even his closest advisers, like her father. All information was sent through computers.
The Dandy Lioness