Teaser Tuesday: Chapter Three

I thought that I would finally post a little snippet from my WIP, Shards of Memory.

Just to get everyone up to speed, Shards is about a girl named Calanthe, who is the only daughter of the head of a powerful merchant family in her country of Nilea. In Nilea, these powerful merchant families have as much power as the nobility – in some cases, more. In order to cement a political alliance, she is married off to Ethan, the king’s nephew and heir to the throne. At this point in the narrative, she is on her way to the capital city of Adryr to be married.

I tried to fall asleep in the carriage; better than dwelling on what was ahead of me. The carriage’s movements jostled me about in my seat, making sleep all but impossible, so I quickly gave that up and stared out the window instead. We had left behind the sea of red brick buildings that made up my home of Miranda. Now we were on the road that stretched for miles ahead between us and Hrume, the next large city along our way. It looked like a giant grey snake, twisting gently through the gentle hills and vibrant greenery of the Nilean countryside. Occasionally we passed a farm or trundled through a village. No one looked up as we passed; no one seemed to think that there was anything out of the ordinary. A couple times I felt an urge to cry out for help bubble up, but I always suppressed this. It wasn’t as though the villagers or farmers would hear me, anyway. I felt like I had spent my entire life standing in the middle of a crowded room, screaming at the top of my lungs, hoping someone – anyone – would hear me. No one had ever taken heed before; why should things change now?

I know it’s not much, but I’ll post more in the future. =)

In which I make some progress on my WIP.

Wait, what? Actual progress on Shards? What?

Yeah, that’s right. And it feels awesome.

Some of you may recall that I spent all quarter stuck on Chapter 3. Not because I was stuck, or anything, but because I was suffocating under my enormous workload. (And it doesn’t look like it’ll be any better this quarter – I’m willingly going to give up my two completely free afternoons each week to go spend time with middle school students. Which also further proves my point that I am a sick, sick masochist, because seriously, who does that? Um, cool people. Cool people do that.)

Anyway, not only have I finished Chapter 3, but I’m almost finished with Chapter 4. And I’m anticipating finishing Chapter 5 by the end of break, because I promised the lovely and wonderful Anna that I would do so, and she will be more than happy to hold me to that.

And now I am off, for I must steel myself for the imminent torture that is the dentist appointment looming over me this afternoon…