Happy Weekend to you all, I hope the week was good to you. Welcome back to another installment of Our Affliction hosted by the lovely people at Weekend Writing Warriors. The WWW is a weekly blog hop where writers post 8-10 line snippets of their writing or publications for the world to see. Once you are finished here, I encourage you all to visit the full list of participants. It’s a great way to discover something or someone new.
This week we’re with Natalie again, this time it’s the next day where she attends her first English class. As the teacher drones on about Edgar Allan Poe she reminisces about her old friend. The snippet begins with the teacher, Ms Ashwood, introducing her to the class and asks if she would like to tell her peers about herself:
“No,” A few students chuckle and I wish I stayed home. No Natalie, I tell myself, go to class and be normal for the first time in your life. Squeezing my necklace I find a seat and quickly flip through the book hoping everyone will forget I exist. Moving my fingers over the text I remember Celeena and how her slender fingers stroked the bumpy pages of her special books.
“Natalie, do you want to read with me?” She was the only one in my wing who could read those books but I think she just enjoyed the company. I carry her volume- of whatever she decided we were to read- as she swung her cane in front of her down the corridor.
“Celeena, how do you not bump into things as you walk?”
“It’s magic,” she smirks.
That’s the end of the WWW lines, for the rest of the conversation read below:
“If it’s magic then why do ya need a cane?”
“You heard of wizards with magic staffs? Same thing.”
“You’re making things up again,” I mutter. “They’re just stories to scare kids.”
“Just because you haven’t met a wizard doesn’t mean they don’t exist.”
“Aren’t you too old to believe in wizards?” She was the oldest girl in the ward and has been there the longest.
“Aren’t you too young to not believe in magic?”
“I never said I didn’t!”
“If you believe in magic then you must believe in beings who wield it.”
Unfortunately that’s the end of this week’s snippet. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you soon! Until next time, be safe out there.
*Previously titled: Locked Away
Update: Full Prologue can be found here