Well, nearly half way through NaNoWriMo! Writing progress is not going as well as I'd hoped, due to many real life tasks getting in the way. But I'm not stopping writing, even though I'm nowhere near my NaNo goal.
I'm enjoying these two characters too much. They're so alike, yet so different. And I think they both have a lot to learn from each other. If they can stay alive… Right now, they're in an abandoned city, but they're not the only ones…
She finished up her pie, and dumped the dish in the sink, unwashed, then began to blow out the candles one by one. Kerit picked his plate up, and stared at it. Something in him rebelled at the thought of not washing the dishes. Why was that? It wasn’t like anyone lived here, or would use these dishes ever again.
Folly leaned against the door jam, arms crossed, watching him, a half amused smile twisting her face. “You’re feeling the urge to wash up, aren’t you?”
“Yes,” he admitted sheepishly. “Probably silly, right?”
She shrugged. “I had the same thing when I first started exploring. I even washed them a couple of times. But when you have to carry all your water with you, it seems a waste to use it to clean things that no one will ever see again.”
Her comment removed the last concerns he had about leaving the dirty dishes. “No point in wasting water,” he agreed.
He picked up the last lit candle, followed her to the door, and through into the living room, picking up the baseball bat that he’d left just outside the door. Folly eyed it, then him, but said nothing. Kerit put the candle down in the middle of the room, then crossed to the front window and pulled the lace curtain aside just a little. He stared out at the street, but all seemed quiet and still.
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Snippet really shows how hard it is to leave habits behind, the connect us to a past that’s hard to let go of. Fun snippet.
Thanks Sabrina. Yes, some things can be hard to let go of, and to accept that they don’t really mean as much as we think they do when everything else is gone.
Really enjoyed this excerpt, loved the idea of how difficult it would be to let go of the daily rituals from “before”, like washing the dishes. Can’t wait to read more!
Thanks Veronica. I’m looking forward to posting more, though it may have to wait until January, as I have a different book to promote during December.
I can’t really relate to ‘wanting’ to wash dishes, but I know some people like that. LOL I like the bit about him picking up the bat. Reminds the reader they’re still subject to some type of danger.
Well, no, I can’t relate to wanting to wash dishes either (that’s why I have a dishwasher!), but I can relate to that feeling that I should…
I like washing dishes so I could identify with this! Nice transition from the mundane to a danger situation when he picks up the bat.
Thanks Deb. I hadn’t realised when I first wrote this scene that I had written such a transition. It’s interesting actually, to look at your writing in small sections.
Nice way to set a mood, Rinelle!
Ooh! Intriguing setting. It’s the little things, the focus on the mundane to build your world that’s got me. Love it!
Thanks Crystal. That’s great to hear, as details are something I have to work on!