Since my nonWIP WIP was so well received, I decided I’d just keep going from where we left off last week. If you recall, Quinn and Grady have just barged into Ballis’s hut. We know Quinn is the Crown Prince, Grady is his brother, and Ballis is a master of some sort. The boys were looking for something which Ballis claimed to no longer have. Here, then, the next 24 lines for the 24th. (And you’re all lucky I took another look at my calendar after I wrote this. I totally though it was the 1st this Wednesday and all you were going to get was the first line. Bwahahahahaha!)
“What reason would I have to lie to you, my prince?”
“I can think of several,” Grady said.
“On my ancestors, my prince –“
“If only anyone had a clue who they were.”
Quinn shot his brother a look of utter annoyance and Grady harrumphed. The sudden flood of light into the room told Ballis the younger prince had left the doorway. Since his bulk didn’t appear at the corners of Ballis’s vision, Grady must have gone back outside. His breath came easier.
“Ballis.” Quinn drew his attention back to the matter at hand. His voice remained gentle. “I need the stone.”
“My prince –“
Quinn held up a hand to silence him. “You know how patient I am.”
“Very much your father’s son in temperament, my prince.”
“Yes. As Grady is every bit his mother’s son in temperament.”
Not a threat — exactly. But close enough. So much for breathing easy. “I cannot give you the stone, my prince, for I no longer possess it.”
Quinn rubbed his chin. “Then why did you run?”
And, as an added bonus, here’s a picture of my Zephyr boys, the inspiration for the nonWIP WIP.
And, now for my ROW80 update. Things are going along very well. With the exception of the weekend, I’ve been adding words to both of my two named WIPS on a steady basis. I’m still planning on having the first draft of Emergence done by the end of this session, and should have a good chunk of Crossing Paths done as well.