Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories.
This week, I’ll continue the scene from Gargoyle Hunt, Book 3 in my Secret Supers series. Gargoyle Hunt is set in England and has scenes in some of my favorite places.
Danger is the last thing on Estelle’s mind when she visits the University of Oxenford for a summer course. But, mysterious thefts from the archives and shadowy figures on the ancient walls propel her into action. With Toby five thousand miles away, Estelle and her winged horse must hunt for the culprits alone. Soon they are embroiled in a mixed bag of aliens and ancient magic. Toby’s unexpected arrival throws her into turmoil and spurs events into a climax. Under pressure from his family to succeed, Toby is trapped in a web of deceit. The two supers have less than two weeks to catch the crooks and salvage his reputation.
Setting for snippet: Estelle (aka Super Starrella) is visiting West Kennet Long Barrow near Avebury stone circle as part of her summer abroad at Oxenford University. The mound and chambered tomb of the Long Barrow are popular with new age visitors. Estelle’s winged horse, Rockette, is with her in her pigeon disguise. Italics indicate their telepathic communications. When Estelle climbs on top of the mound, she sees two middle aged women with four small dogs.
Note: Farleons are aliens with superpowers who live in secret among us.
You can read last week’s snippet here:
(Apologies for slightly irregular punctuation to fit 8-10 sentences.)
If the mare could hear the dogs, Estelle guessed they must be Farleon animals. She sat on the grass and the dogs lay down and licked her bare legs, “Thanks, I’m visiting Oxenford for a summer course.”
Nudging her companion with an elbow, the plump woman said, “I’m Misty Tibbit and my partner is Dot Farthingale.”
“Estelle Wright; I’m from Atalanta in the United States.”
The pigeon waddled closer.
“And who is the bird that isn’t?” Dot asked in her astute fashion.
“Are you British Farleons?” Estelle breathed.
Misty nodded, “I am on my father’s side. Dot is something else.” The dark haired woman blinked and stared across the fields into the distance.
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"...the bird that isn’t" -- I love that. And I wonder what kind of "something else" Dot is.ReplyDelete
Yes, a pigeon is much less conspicuous than a winged horse!Delete
Well, their secret isn't so secret anymore. Though it doesn't feel like any trouble will come from this situation.ReplyDelete
It's not a secret when the animals can talk to each other.Delete
Dot's non-reaction to be 'outed' is quite ominous, without even saying a word.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you had that impression. Her abilities will add extra twists to the plot.Delete
I like the two old women. They seem a bit like wise old sages. But I'm coming into the story a bit blind, so maybe I'm reading them wrong. Still, Estelle doesn't seem alarmed by them. Intriguing world you've built!ReplyDelete
Thanks. Appearances can be deceptive, but Estelle knows Rockette does not find the dogs alarming.Delete
I wonder what the something else is. Interesting snippet.ReplyDelete
The answer, or part of it, unravels slowly during the story.Delete
Very fun snippet! Love the exchanges.ReplyDelete
I don't quite understand how the pigeon fits in, but he steals the scene!ReplyDelete
In this series the flying horse Rockette can morph into a pigeon when she wishes to be inconspicuous.Delete
Love all the subtext in the scene, as people know 'things' and have to speak in a somewhat veiled fashion. Well done snippet!ReplyDelete
Thanks! Well, Dot knows the pigeon is really something else, but she may not know what.Delete
A bird that isn't. And Dot is something else? Intriguing.ReplyDelete
I like to keep you guessing!Delete
I absolutely love the idea of a winged horse that can morph into a pigeon! One thing I hope you don't mind me mentioning - as a Brit living not a million miles from Oxford, 'Oxenford' is a rather archaic way of saying it and most people just say'Oxford' (Although there is an Oxenford Cricket Club!) - but perhaps there is a reason for you using 'Oxenford'?ReplyDelete
For the same reason I used Atalanta in the first two books. My geography can be a little creative. I have lived in Oxford and Atlanta.Delete
I loved the conversation between them. The bird that isn't. Great line.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I had fun writing this couple.Delete
"Something else" sounds a little ominous. Lots of interesting things going on in this snippet.ReplyDelete
Yes, mystery under mystery.Delete
I love how you always use animals in your work!ReplyDelete