I’ve been tagged in another meme, the Lucky 7, by Ben over at Story Multiverse.
The rules for this one are:
1. Go to page 77 of your current WIP
2. Count down 7 lines
3. Copy and paste the next 7 lines, sentences or paragraphs
4. Nominate 7 other bloggers to join the fun.
Well, after the last meme I tagged people in fell flat, I’m not going to pass it on directly to anyone, but will invite anyone who’d care to participate to go ahead and play along, and let me know by leaving a comment below. As Ben pointed out, this one is specifically for bloggers who have completed a novel-length work, or have one in the works. I mean, you need to have finished at least 77 pages, right? Not exactly a short story.
So, my neglected WIP, Revenants Abroad, is what I’m pulling my excerpt of 7 not-so-glorious paragraphs from. For those who’ve read some of it, this is Anne-Marie and Andrej on a day out in Prague.
“This is all your history, your roots. You grew up with all this around you, part of you. It must be good to feel like you really belong somewhere.”
Andrej didn’t answer, but it was what drew him back to Prague, again and again. He felt strongest, steadiest here, despite everything. “You ready to head out? I could use a smoke,” he said.
“Hey, how about getting something to eat? I just realized I haven’t eaten yet today,” Anne-Marie said. It was nearly three o’clock in the afternoon.
“Didn’t you just eat something yesterday? Good thing I don’t have to eat that often.”
She gave him her sour look again. He smiled and shrugged, putting his arm around her waist. She snuggled into his side, enjoying the moment for whatever it was worth.
“You doing ok?” he asked.
“I don’t know, this is way worse than usual.” It was obvious she was starting to succumb to his charms, even knowing that it was because he was manipulating her moods. As the day went on she had found it increasingly hard to keep her wits and some perspective on the situation. She was starting to feel like she was going under in rough surf, battered by wave after wave, unable to break the surface to get air and make it to shore.
Well, there it is. Still a little rough, needs some elbow grease I think. But eh, it’ll get there.
So, who wants to play?