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A Conflict of Brothers – Six Sentence Sunday

A Conflict of Brothers
The last excerpt I’ll be sharing from ‘Better Left Unspoken’. I finished revisions on the second draft this week, but it’s still very rough and in need of a serious edit. I’ll be letting it sit a few days while I finish ‘Air Ship, Ghost Ship’.
By the time they fought through, the invaders all dead, fled or captured, Vrims was gone.
King Lynan seized Berkh’s shoulder. ‘You have to find him!’
Berkh slapped his hand away. Lynan looked old beyond his years, aged by the events of a single morning. Berkh’s anger flickered and died as he stared into his brother’s grey face, his tired blue eyes.
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Six Sentence Sunday – Better Left Unspoken

Better Left Unspoken

Another excerpt from my short story ‘Better Left Unspoken’. The story wasn’t working and I couldn’t quite work out why, so I’ve done a GMC chart and now, of course, I have to do significant revisions. Serves me right. This should stay, though.
Dirt floor, rocky uncut stone wall. Blue sky, hammering sun. The strange clacking continued unabated out of sight. Rope cut tight into Berkh’s wrists and ankles as he tried to turn his head.
A scream bubbled up his throat. Eyes bulging, he clamped his teeth shut against it.
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In other news, I’ve sent ‘Love Enough’ to Tor.com for consideration. Hopefully I’ll have a response before I have a second baby. Their response time is 9 months, and I’m not pregnant yet, so it’s even-odds!


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Clandestine Love – Six Sentence Sunday

Clandestine Love

 An extract from a 5000 word short story I’m working on – my third for the month and still ahead of schedule. Here’s hoping it stays that way! Had feedback on the first two stories from my writer’s group yesterday, so time to revise, finalise and submit them.Hopefully I can get them published somewhere and you can have the pleasure of reading the whole story!
The queen seized his elbow hard, leaving bloody fingerprints on his white shirt. ‘Berkh.’
That one word contained unfathomable emotion and entreaty, both a plea and a command. Old guilt welled up.
‘Not here, not where my brother might see.’ Berkh wrenched his arm from her grip.
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