Over at Jennifer M. Eaton‘s place, several of us are writing a story together. Jennifer started it, and then we each get to add around 250 words to it. This week it’s my turn, yay! It’s not too late to join, you can add your name to her list over there too and write a future installment yourself. Before you read my installment, you may wish to catch up on the story so far…
Part One – Jennifer M. Eaton
Part Two – J. Keller Ford
Part Three – Susan Roebuck
Part Four – Elin Gregory
Part Five – Eileen Snyder
Part Six – Mikaela Wire
Before I wrote my installment, I needed to see what the character structure looked like (so far), so I attempted to draw it. I’m not claiming that this is any kind of definitive character structure for the story, but it’s how I saw it. If you can’t read it clearly, then click on it to open up the bigger version. If you don’t find it helpful, then feel free to ignore it!
And finally, without further ado, I give you my installment…
Jodi knelt down and peered through the gap. Too dark. The March wind she had felt in Carlisle Street had followed her here and it whispered its way in and out of the foliage, as though enticing the fauna to reveal its secrets. Jodi strained to look deeper into the gap and became aware of faint voices from within. She willed the wind to quieten as she positioned her ear towards the voices.
“I insist you tell me how it came to be in your possession.”
“Forgive me Gwydyon, but I cannot.”
“You are aware of the consequences Janosc?”
“Well, no matter for now, time is short, we must seek guidance.”
Jodi nestled her ear further into the gap and listened keenly as the chanting began. First one voice, and then another, and another, until she could no longer count them as all the voices came together in a quickening repetitive chorus. “We open our eyes to the Spiral of Taur, we open our hearts to the Spiral of Taur, we open our minds to the Spiral of Taur, we open our ears to the Spiral of Taur”.
The mossy ground cushioned the sound of the approaching footsteps, and Jodi was unaware until the voice boomed out from behind her. “Jodi? What on earth are you doing?”.
She leapt up and glanced nervously back down towards the gap before mustering up the best semblance of a genuine smile that she could manage, “Oh it’s you, hi”. She beamed broadly and shuffled uneasily from foot to foot. “I was just…um…”.