Wow! What a week last week! Writing, writing and more writing, with more to come.
And it all paid off. Chapter nine is finished and Connect The Dots launched!
I can’t tell you how glad I am to have chapter nine finished. It seems like it took forever! The reason being, I was very discouraged. I’ve been down about this novel before, but last week I think was the worst yet. Honestly, I became so down I wasn’t a very nice person to be around for a few days. Don’t want to let THAT happen again, (it would help a great deal if I didn’t let my worries about finishing on time get in the way of my personal Bible study *sigh*). Despite the rough time I had rewriting it, chapter nine turned out nicely and I like it. Here are a couple clips of chapter nine, title: The Sacrifice.
“I have to stop.” Ava said after what felt like hours of climbing over rocks. She was bruised from slipping in the dark and her legs felt numb.
“It must be almost dawn,” Erin said. They couldn’t see either horizon, but Ava imagined the east faintly lit by early morning light. Erin turned to Ava,
“I’ll go up ahead a ways to see if the rocks lighten up,”
Ava nodded, too tired to answer. Careful to watch his footing, Erin scrambled ahead, soon disappearing among the rocks. Ava pulled off her quiver and leaned against a large bolder, stretching out her tired legs. She must have fallen asleep for suddenly she opened her eyes and sat straight up. What had she heard? Dawn’s light had weakly crept into being. Ava could now make out more clearly the rock strewn path they followed. Standing, she looked around for Erin, he was nowhere in sight. Then, she heard it, a faint cry, as if someone called for help. Snatching up her “pack” she fought her way through the rocks, following the faint voice. Abruptly, the pass ended, giving way to a clear path. On one side the cliff face shot straight up in a wall of solid rock. On the other, the ground fell away, disappearing into mist.
Cautiously Ava stepped onto the path, listening. Erin was still nowhere in sight.
“Erin!” She called, scanning around her.
“Help!” The cry echoed against the cliff walls. Ava ran until she came to a place where a piece of the ground had recently fallen in, crumbling into nothing. It was here that Ava found Erin, clinging to the rock, trying in vain to set his feet in some crevice and climb to safety.
Ava watched in horror as the human features were replaced by a hideous face lined with cruelty. Pale, malicious eyes glared out at her, slowly turning a deep crimson. The body seemed to morph, bending, twisting into a beast-like shape. It rose in height, towering over Ava like a great oak. Six horns sprouted from the now bold, rough skinned head. Huge, black wings spread behind it, creating an aura of darkness, an evil cloak in which to wrap an ensnared victim. The creature, now fully transformed raised its arms and bellowed,
“…Welcome to my nightmare!”
Ava screamed and doubled over as the pain abruptly returned, but in greater force than before. She clutched at her body, as a wave of utter despair swept over her; consuming.
“No!” her cry echoed around her, suddenly joined by thousands more, wailing their agony.
Terrible I know, but that’s all I can reveal. Chapter nine is known as “The Black Moment”. It’s the darkest, lowest point in the story. I’ve had this chapter planed out for a long time, but I didn’t really know how I would put it all on paper. (Thinking it up is the easy part, writing it is a whole different story. [No pun intended.]) As I said before, I’m happy with how it turned out. Chapter ten should be fun, I get to write all about my elves and dwarves, describing how they live and where. Exciting. 🙂
I’m out of the wreck I was last week and this time I’m not going to let myself slip away from spending time alone with God and putting everything I do in His hands.
Thanks for reading! Have a great week!