The challenge: Post seven lines from an unpublished work of fiction.
The Golden Rules:
- Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
- Go to line 7
- Post on your blog or Facebook page the next 7 lines, or sentences, as they are – no cheating
- Tag 7 other authors to do the same
Since I am congenitally incapable of refusing a challenge – and it sounded amusingly random – I am in.
Here are my 7 lines from page 7 (in my word document) of one of my current works in progress.
Holly, my protagonist, who has been having a lousy time in love, has taken off, on a very rainy night, to drown her sorrows at a craft weekend with the girls. On the way, she comes across a mysterious damsel in distress and rescues her. In my excerpt, they have just arrived at the home of the craft weekend hostess, whom Holly doesn’t know…
I didn’t mind too much. I’m a soprano. For me, Making An Entrance is almost mandatory. But Claudia seemed to be taking it hard. She wasn’t crying, but she was a scary, off-white colour and if she had been shaking any harder, we would have been able to measure her on the Richter scale. She was scattering droplets of water all over the terracotta tiles like a Labrador just in from a swim. I, being larger and slightly less shivery, was just dripping a steady puddle at my feet, but between us, we had stopped conversation dead.
Fortunately, our hostess was of the old-school, unflappable kind.
I am tagging some other people, but it’s entirely up to them whether they participate. Their names are links, so if you want to see what they’re up to when they’re not being poked by me, click on the link! (Should they choose to participate, please note that some of these lovely ladies write stories that are NSFW or children.)