WIPpet Wednesday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Emily Wrayburn where we share a little sneak peak of our WIP. The only rule is that is must somehow relate to the date, and even that rule is easily bent. 🙂
OMG, two weeks in a row! Crazy, right?
I spent all this afternoon outlining the second half of Arrowsong (I did try to outline the whole thing before I began rewrites but perhaps I’m always destined to be a panster-plotter hybrid) and I came across this scene which I love so much. Obviously, without all the context I don’t know how much will come across but I really wanted to share it with you guys because I love these characters so much that I almost feel guilty for all the crap I put them through. It relates to the date (12th July) because, according to the Scrivener time stamp, I wrote/last edited it in December last year.
A question rose to Anjez’s lips and it was out before he could think to stop it. “What do you fear more? Your father dying or having to sit on his throne and call yourself queen?”
Kara pulled back and there was something like fear in her eyes when she looked at him from underneath pinched brows. She pulled her knees to her chin again and looked away, picking at a loose thread on the frayed edge of her tunic. She pursed her lips. “I…don’t know,” she confessed. “I was never meant to rule. That was Bry’s place, and since he died I’ve had so much else to juggle.”
“Do you want to be queen?” He held his breath as he waited for her answer. He’d asked himself the same question over and over again since he’d returned to the viper’s nest that was the Bashraani court. Did he want to be king? Could he be king? His father had ignored him and his sister, Semaera, since their return. And he barely spoke to their mother, even though she was his Chief Wife, so if he wanted the throne, he would have to fight for it. Climb over the broken bodies of his brothers for it. And the gods knew, he couldn’t decide whether he wanted to be king or to ride away to the plains and fade into obscurity.
Reader participation section: did it make sense when after Anjez asks if Kara wants to be queen, it says he’d asked himself the same question? In the in-world context, there is no lexical distinction between king and queen but I feel in English it comes across a little oddly?