This is an excerpt from this year’s NaNoWriMo novel, which is still a WiP and which doesn’t have a real title yet. (The Word doc is called “T&A” for Ta’elsin and Arrek, the main characters, but I gave it a working title of Betrayal for NaNo and Wattpad purposes.)
This excerpt skips ahead a few lines from last week. Ta’elsin and Berrebren have taken rooms for the night and will go to the castle in the morning.
(This is a very rough first draft and may or may not have been creatively edited to fit the 10 sentence limit.)
The bed was comfortable, but despite the welcome change from sleeping on the ground Ta’elsin spent a restless night, plagued by dreams and fears that he thought he had left behind him. At last he got up and searched his backpack until he found an old blanket: wrapping it around his shoulders he laid down again, clutching it around him as he drifted off to sleep.
As they left the building the next morning Ta’elsin glanced back at it and felt a shiver run through him, images of being grabbed and bound flashing through his mind. He pushed them aside and focused on staying with Berrebren, determined not to be caught lagging today.
His determination fled when they reached a white marble building. A wide paved plaza in front of it led to a raised portico, tall columns supporting a roof tiled with blue slate. Staring at it he suddenly couldn’t breathe, couldn’t move. Terror stronger than anything he had ever known gripped him and for a moment he thought he was going to pass out but then Berrebren was shaking him and he pulled himself back from the brink.
(The prologue is available on Wattpad if you’d like some background information.)
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