#CleaningHouseNovel #WIPpet Wednesday #WIPitWed /6/27/18 Commanded

I’m thick amid the chaos that ensues one month before a novel launch. I’m not complaining, mind you, but I’m definitely busy.

It’s WIPpet Wednesday*, and I’m sharing from Cleaning House, which will soon lose its WIP (work-in-progress) status.

Here’s my WIPpet math for 6/27/18 – 8-1 = 7 paragraphs from Cleaning House.

The Setup: Aunt Tess and Rayne have joined Cent in the kitchen. The first paragraph comes from last week’s WIPpet.

     “Yes’m. Thanks.” Cent stared into the corner after Birdie had left. For someone quiet, she sure said a lot this time.

     “I see Birdie’s already welcomed you home.” Rayne clapped their hands, scattering water across the old-wood countertops and shelves. “And that you’ve started cleaning without us.” They began to chant, agitating the water droplets so they picked up the dirt that’d refused to leave. “Begone stubborn spots. Leave this kitchen clean!” Rayne pointed to the open window, and the dirty water obeyed, flying out like the dirt had earlier. “There. Much better.” Rayne rubbed their hands together and smiled.

     “I-I didn’t know I could…” Cent stared at her own hands then at Tess, who smiled as well. “Why’d I never see you do— Mama, I know, but this is handy.” She flexed her fingers, examining the bits of dirt that’d collected under her short nails during the spell. “Huh.”

     “It takes a lot of energy for me to do it,” said Tess. “But I’ve used the spell in a pinch.”

     “I’m going to clean this entire house and—” Cent paused when Rayne shook their head hard enough for their watery locks to slip from their tie. “Why shouldn’t I?”

     “It’ll wear you down too fast for what you need to accomplish today,” insisted Tess. “The kitchen is fine. Now follow your instincts. Where were you being drawn before you got distracted?”

     “I don’t know.” Cent looked around the kitchen, proud of what she’d accomplished, now unable to focus on anything but that. “Something’s getting in the way.”

     “And we all know who.” Rayne glided across the floor to face Cent, their hands raised to cradle her face. “Yes, they’re trying to block you from…” They stepped back with a bewildered expression. “No. It isn’t them this time.” Rayne spun around and pointed out the window. “Pyre! I feel your presence! I’m the elder of us, and the more powerful, so come to me now, or I’ll command you to do so!”

Want to read more from Cleaning House? You can do so HERE.

*WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop hosted by Emily Wrayburn wherein writers share excerpts of their latest WIP. All genres and levels of accomplishment are welcome. The only stipulation is that the excerpt must coincide with the date in some manner. For example, on 10/8/14 you might share 10 lines from page 8, 8 paragraphs from chapter 14, or perhaps 18 sentences by doing WIPpet math and adding the day to the month. We’re flexible like that.


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