Sunday Snippet April 10, 2016


Picking up a few lines ahead from last week’s snippet.  Marsden has called a halt to the spar.


“What’s wrong, Marsden?” Kordelm asked.

“Nothing,” Marsden assured him.  “Wyverians don’t own swords, except in rare cases, so they’re not familiar with them.  Senzu thinks you two were trying to kill each other.”

Wellhym knelt so that he was on a level with the child.  “Kordelm is my best friend,” he told her.  “I would never hurt him.”

“But swords kill people.”

“They can be used for that, yes,” Kordelm said, dropping a hand onto his partner’s shoulder. “But they can also be used to keep people safe.  And in order to use them well, you have to practice.  That’s all we were doing was practicing.”

Senzu looked up at him doubtfully.

“Senzu,” Wellhym said.  “Do me a favor.  Go into the kitchen and bring me a knife.”  She stared at him for a moment.  “Go on.  I want to show you something.”


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21 responses to “Sunday Snippet April 10, 2016

  1. chellecordero

    Breathing a sigh of relief that they are just sparring. I wonder what he is going to show Senzu with the knife?

  2. Some teaching needs to be done. If Senzu is going to stay around, she better get used to the training.
    Also in this sentence “That’s all we were doing was practising.” you have one verb too many.

  3. A real teaching moment…good stuff. Seems like some good parallels to our own world as well.

  4. siobhanmuir

    Sometimes you need a practical application of use. Great snippet, PT. :)

  5. I think he did a good job of explaining it to her, but I’m really touched that he’s taking even more time to reassure her. Wonderful snippet!

  6. Knives can kill as well as slice up carrots.

  7. Interesting further developments in the story! Great snippet, a very important lesson going on…

  8. Karen Michelle Nutt

    I like how patient he is in explaining what is going on. I have a hunch she’ll learn quickly.

  9. elainecsc2013

    That’s a nice little cliffhanger. Why is a knife necessary?

  10. Swords and now knives. Fun with learning.

  11. I was a teacher for many years. Never once did I ask a pupil to bring me a knife. ;-) How times have changed in your world.

  12. I liked the reassurance they gave to Senzu. Now wondering what they’re going to do with the knife??

  13. Great way to explain why he needs to learn to use the sword. :)

  14. This is a gorgeous scene, so well written, and I for one can’t wait to find out what he’s going to show her.

  15. Really lovely snippet. He’s so kind.

  16. I love her doubt and caution yet, even with their reassurance. I just love this whole scene period, it makes me smile.

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