Saturday, February 2, 2019

Weekend Writing Warriors February 3

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Continuing a chapter from Ghosts of Innocence, Shayla has stolen the identity of a new high-ranking Imperial appointee, Brynwyn bin Covin. She’s been met by a soldier (Kurt) from the Imperial Palace Guard, who’s escorting her to the Palace. They have just stepped outside while Shayla’s baggage is loaded into the car. Kurt spotted a row of punishment stalls across the square, and Shayla realizes the crowd will expect her to inflict some pain on the prisoners there.

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She tried to ignore the stench of urine and excrement while she thought. How would Brynwyn behave here? She was sure that Kurt would be taking note of her actions. He may appear to be genial and bumbling, but she had felt him observing her. Who might he be reporting to back at the Palace? If nothing else, people there would be curious about her. She was an unknown from the Provinces taking up a senior public appointment. Whatever she did here, whatever she said, every word, every gesture, would find its way to attentive ears in time.


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13 comments:

  1. Nice tension between a moral imperative and self-preservation.

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  2. Yes, her actions here will definitely have an impact on her mission. Quite the dilemma for her.

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  3. Difficult moments ahead for her but she seems to be serving the higher cause, being undercover, so hopefully that knowledge will sustain her. Interesting excerpt.

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  4. Hi Ian - again an interesting snippet - giving us a clue as to the future ... I'd hate to have to make that sort of decision ... cheers Hilary

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  5. She has her work cut out for her, that's for sure, especially if she thinks he's already watching her.

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  6. Ed, her moral imperative nearly trips her up soon!

    Jessica, she can't afford to drop out of character for a moment.

    Charmaine, thanks.

    Veronica, the higher cause keeps her going.

    Hilary, not a good position to be in, but she knew the situation before going in.

    Sue, oh, she knows he's watching her, and everyone else, too!

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  7. She knew her values would be tested. Tough to walk into the enemy's camp and blend.

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  8. Wow, talk about a high pressure situation! Love the tension here, Ian. You've done a great job setting the scene. Can't wait for more!

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  9. Interesting reading her analyzing the situation. And she's spot on. Good writing, Ian! :-)

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  10. Alex, that's right, she knew the score.

    Julie, the pressure's on ... and on ... :)

    Teresa, thanks

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  11. She does need to be careful. How trying it will be to constantly measure each move she makes so not to draw attention. Great inner thoughts.

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  12. Karen, her whole life for a large part of the book is a constant game of hiding who she really is.

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