This is a number: one thousand fifty-three. That’s how many words went into the new scene last night. It took a while to get there, but I made it.
The first night wasn’t a much as I liked, though given that I was doing two, maybe three things at the time, I have to admit that typing in a little over six hundred words isn’t a bad accomplishment. Last night was more of me starting to hit my stride, looking for and finding the groove I needed, and heading off down that path. It was slow, it was halting, but it was also fun to start getting back into the minds of my kids.
Last night it was mostly Annie’s thoughts. Watching spells not being done, feeling a bit bored about hers, and thinking about the week before. Of course her thoughts are mostly about the person sitting to her right, but hey: young love, right? Though she probably wouldn’t eat a horse heart for him, but you never know . . .
Let me entertain you with a little excerpt, because I haven’t done that in a while–maybe a week. I’m getting rusty. And now that I’m writing, lets show it off.
(Excerpt from The Foundation Chronicles: A For Advanced, copyright 2013, 2014, by Cassidy Frazee)
In the last couple of minute, though, Annie watched Kerry growing frustrated with not being able to do the spell, or worse yet, having no control once he started the spindle turning. She saw that most of the time it was wobbling all over the place, which would prevent him from exerting any fine control should Kerry manage to turn his spindle three times.
She reached over and touched his arm. “You might want to stop and rest.”
Kerry seemed far from ready to rest, but Annie’s touch and calm tone were enough to make him slump in his seat. “Yeah. I’m pushing this too hard, and I’m getting all messed up.”
Annie thought of what Kerry was going through in lab as more than “messed up.” “I think you’re trying to hard—” You would know all about that, wouldn’t you? She pushed the errant through from her head. “Sit for a few minutes, clear your mind . . .” She slide her right hand along his arm until she found his hand. “Talk to me.”
There was much Kerry wanted to talk about, but most of it revolved around what she’d just done. “You managed this pretty fast.”
Annie shook her head. “I’d done something like this once before, so I just took that knowledge and applied it here.”
“I’ll bet you could do more.” He nodded in the direction of Annie’s spindle. “You could probably levitate it.”
Annie had never tried levitating something before, but she could understand why Kerry would think she could perform the spell. He knows I’m a witch, that I come from a family of witches, and therefore I’m already magically inclined. He doesn’t understand I’m not that good with simple spells. She decided to be coy with her response, to see if her suspicions were correct. “Why do you think that?”
“’Cause . . .” He looked at her, a broad smile across his face. “I think you can.”
“You have faith I can do this.” Annie patted his hand. “That is not the same as having skill.”
“You have the skill—” Kerry flipped his hand around and pressed his palm into hers. “You’re my Dark Witch; of course you have the skill.”
You’re my Dark Witch. Kerry had taken to calling her that after their stint in Sorcery, and her confession on Sunday that, indeed, she had her own books on the subject, and most of the spells she’d attempted were from that branch of magic.
But where Annie saw a serious discipline that required a tremendous amount of willpower, Kerry saw what she was doing as almost—fun. He’s a Normal, and sorcery and black magic are always very powerful in their fantasy worlds. He doesn’t understand the work one must put into learning this art—or what it can do to a person.
She thought about to last week, and what Professor Lovecraft did to Kerry in front of the rest of the A Level. From his point of view he was shocked bad enough to require a night in the hospital: he never saw this from her point of views, which was seeing someone who knew how everyone else in the class saw the act, while also expecting a possible attack from one of those students. And when Professor Lovecraft returned from dropping Kerry off, she launched right into a short lecture without ever explaining her actions.
Her willpower has to be extraordinary to be able to semi-torture a student in class and never mention the act again—except to me later—or even act as if it were anything other than what she does every day. Until Kerry performs sorcery on someone else, he won’t know what it takes to do that. She wanted to talk to him about this, but didn’t know if now was the time—
And then Kerry starts getting all excited about something, and . . . that’s the end of the scene. More to commence tonight.
And just like a writer, as I was preparing the above excerpt, I began reading it and . . . I had to change some things. Just a few. And add some words–only twenty.
That mean the number is now one thousand seventy-three words.
All in a good night and day’s work.