Welcome to Writing Wednesday. My Wednesday shares have become shorter and serialized, and they’re coming from my current WIP (work in progress), Striking Balance. You’ll be able to find all the ones that pertain to Striking Balance under the Categories drop down to your right.
Striking Balance is a Queer Historical Paranormal Fantasy story set within my Appalachian Elementals series. It’s a freestanding tale, so you don’t need to have read the other stories within the series to delve into this one.
This is installment forty-four, “Very Well, Man,” and it immediately follows where last week’s installment, “No Slouch About,” ended. The main character in Striking Balance is Benjamin (Nub) Schnell, the possessor of secrets twice his size and seeming age. He’s been working for nearly a decade on the same small farm as his friend, Conall Baldwin, who acts as the farm’s manager. This story begins during the American Revolutionary War years, 1779 to be precise, in the Nolichucky river basin of Northeast Tennessee.
The section in orange comes from my last Writing Wednesday and the part in blue begins this week’s entry. Master Gow is speaking.
“Nae one is permitted tae abuse those under mah protection,” he says slowly. “An’ ye are under mah protection. Do ye understand?”
“Yessir.” Oh, dear Lord. Mother Mary. I heard Mutti call her name in moments of distress despite our being Protestant so it seems most fitting when my stomach knots so hard it threatens to spill again.
“Ye are neither a lie abed nor a slouch about.” He stares at me, one brow cocked. “Do ye wish tae continue as ye have been?” He knows my secret, and I wish nothing more than to flee.
“Yessir.” I swallow my terror. “Please. It best suits me.” An unreasonable sense of safety washes over me, pressing me back in the bed.
“Very well, man.” He calls for Ceardach who immediately appears in the doorway. “Tell him what he requires. Calm his concerns afore he bolts from his sickbed.” Master Gow closes the door as Ceardach comes to sit beside me.
So what’s Ceardach about to tell Ben? Ah now, if you’ve been following along from the start then you might have some clue, but otherwise, you’ll simply have to wait until next week, won’t you?
And here’s a gentle reminder that my Writing Wednesday shares from Striking Balance will soon be coming to an end. But not to worry, I’ll be sharing from a new WIP, I promise.