Current Listening: Beyond the Veil – Lindsey Stirling
Current Reading: Taking recommendations
So as many in the writing community know, November is National Novel Writing Month or Nanowrimo for short. Those that have been following the blog this last year know that I participate in this event every year. In fact, my last two books have been written during Nanowrimo. This year is no different. So far, these are my stats after four days:
I like to give myself extra padding at the beginning of the month because, let’s be honest, there are dry days. There will be days where the words just won’t come. Days will come where I will look at my character and ask them what the fuck are they thinking. It happens. I’m tickled pink with where I am thought.
As for the Ink and Quill writing prompt this week. I chose a song I’ve written to many times in five books and the following guided prompt:
Eye Contact: Write about two people seeing each other for the first time.
So last week we got to meet Dr. Sarina Starson…and a mystery man. For tonight, and the sake of this prompt, that story continues.
The quiet power of the man and the humor in his dark eyes set Sarina’s teeth on edge. In all her life, she never felt another power beyond her own. In these last years, the world felt as though it had grown somehow. When their eyes met, she felt a magic beyond her own. Not just holy, not just a healers gift, but that sense of another drifted just beyond the light in his gaze. “I would give you my name but I fear you may faint in light of the truth.” He spoke with an easy smile and careless grin. “I am aware you can sense me but not to the degree I can sense you. I have no intention of revealing more than is necessary for this moment.”
Nicholas stepped forward towards the girl. “Emma passed her legacy on well. I do hope you are a better woman than your namesake, Doctor Jacobs.” Like Kaylen, he watched this girl for years to see if she would come into her power. Medical school, he supposed, suited a Starson to the letter in this modern world. He knew she went to school in Lochton and that Emma had long ago settled there. “Forgive me for startling you.” He repeated as he offered a hand. “Nicholas.”
“Clearly you already know me Nicholas.” She took his hand and shook it. When they touched magic flared between them. Her eyes widened. The man itched of a time far older than herself. “Who are you?” Sarina’s voice filled with curious wonder. Peace radiated from him. For the first time in her life, she was not alone. Gold sparked in her hazel eyes as he pushed Holy against her talents.
“A man, an old sorcerer some might say, an old bastard others might say.” He responded, his tones ambiguous. When she pushed back with her latent skills, his features spread in a grin. “I have not felt the touch of another holy user in more than fifty years.” Nicholas chuckled and absorbed the warmth of the familiar. The grin faded and his expression became focused. “You feel that darkness too, don’t you Sarina? You feel the path ahead crumbling.”
“I do. Violence in the city has risen in the last year. I see more cases of violent crime in the hospital this year than I have in years past and…I feel it when I’m here away from the city–like a cancer beneath the skin.” Sarina shuddered and drew away from him. “I do not understand it or what it means.” The woman was confused and yet, a voice deep within her was more resolute. “I need to stand against it and do not know how.”
His patient smile ease her. “I do. Your time will come. My word upon it.” Nicholas knew. Kaylen would need his help. Hell, they all would. With a thought and no further explanation, Nicholas vanished. Be at peace, child of Light. Be patient. The path ahead will challenge you and haunt you. Go to the Cathedral. Speak your faith. You will know.
So, eye contact….what’s your favorite story about eye contact? Personal story, or about two fictional characters. Feel free to share!