I’m struggling this year. Between the play, NaNo, and life, I’m exhausted. But I’m determined to get though this month with a smile on my face!
I’m going to treat you all to a small excerpt from the novel I’m writing this year. You might not know any of the characters yet, but I’ll be introducing them to you in later posts. Please keep in mind that this is a very rough draft. This is what I like to call a “vomit draft”, it’s just thrown up onto the page, intended to be properly edited later on. The goal of NaNoWriMo is write a minimum of 50,000 words in 30 days. Because of that, the story is being written rapidly with little to no editing. The only editing I’ve done to this excerpt is enough to make it readable for you.
So, here is the first excerpt. Please enjoy, and tell me what you think in the comments.
The still air of the bright summer day was split by the banter of the men on the large wagon being drawn by a pair of hefty horses. The wagon moved down the road at a leisurely pace, there was no rush for the riders.
“I don’t know, Evan,” Cad said. “I don’t think it’ll work.”
“Oh, it’ll work,” Evan Stone said, glancing at his companion. “It has to work.”
“I’m telling you, she won’t fall for it, nor will she fall for you if you try.” Cad shook his head. “You’re not that charming.”
“He’s right, you know,” Elyza said with a smirk. “Trust me, brother.”
Evan looked at his twin sister. “I don’t see you coming up with ways to woo the man you’ve been pining over for the last three months.”
“I don’t need to woo him, Evan,” she said, “He’ll come to me once he realizes that I’m everything he wants in a woman. However, tricking Carla into an evening alone will fail miserably. She may be the baker’s daughter, but she’s smart.”
“Carla?!” The surprised voice of Allyssa said from the back of the wagon as she watched the road behind them. “You’ve been talking about Carla this whole time?”
“Why so surprised?” Evan said.
Allyssa shrugged. “She doesn’t seem to be your type.”
“I have a type?” Evan said.
“Tall, blonde, red streak in her hair,” Allyssa said.
“You just described yourself,” Evan said.
“Too late, Sir Evan. You lost your chance to court me when you nearly chopped my arm off with your sword,” Allyssa said with a smile.
“That was an accident,” Evan said.
“And it cost you my hand,” Allyssa said.
“Do we have to talk about this?” Cad said.
“Oh go on,” Symon said. He was driving the cart, keeping an eye out for danger ahead. “I love hearing how Evan blows it with women on a weekly basis.”
“Oh please, Commander,” Evan said. “It’s not that often.”
“At least once a month,” Symon said. “I had no problem with you and Allyssa being in a relationship, in fact, I encouraged it, but then you did nearly cut her arm off.”
“It healed!” Evan shouted.
“It hurt, and it also broke my heart,” Allyssa said with the hint of a laugh. “Honestly, Elyza, I have no idea how you grew up with this man.”
“It wasn’t easy,” Elyza said.
Cad shook his head. “Look, all I’m saying is that if you want to impress Carla, tricking her into a romantic evening is not the way to do it, you need to be straightforward.”
“You should listen to him, Evan,” Elyza said. “Cad is the only one of us who is married, I think he knows what he’s talking about.”
Alyssa laughed. “The idea of Evan asking Carla out straightforward is hilarious.”
“Silence,” Sir Symon commanded. “I hear something.”
The Clerics snapped to attention. Sir Cad looked around from the top of the wagon along with Sir Evan. They peered into the surrounding forest with intent. Dame Allyssa watched the back, her hand on the hilt of her sword. Dame Elyza readied to vanish into the trees and flank the enemy if need be.
There it is. Just something easy to start off with; some banter between knights on the road.