When writing you some times discover that things aren’t going to come as easy as you want–particularly when you’re tired and stressed out. I know this is gonna sound crazy, but that’s been me the last couple of weeks. A lot of it is work related: some of it is due to needing to pay my quarterly taxes and discovering I might fall just a little short of where I wanted to be payment-wise. (Just so you know, I won’t end up short.)
I actually fell asleep twice during the afternoon yesterday for about forty-five minutes at a time. It’s my body telling me, “You need rest,” and I was trying to get it. I also ate a lot of chili, which can’t have been good for my waistline, and I was paying for it a little last night.
So when I finally did get around to writing It wasn’t a lot–about seven hundred sixty total, and I pushed the scene up over a thousand words. However, I did hit my mark of one hundred and sixty thousand words in the novel–at which point I called it a night.
What was the gist of what was written? We know Annie’s dad was somewhere he shouldn’t have been, and that’s where the action picks up–
(All excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Two: B For Bewitching, copyright 2015 by Cassidy Frazee)
Victor Kirilov appeared humbled by his daughter’s remarks. “I didn’t think you’d mind. I apologize.”
“Well, now that you’re here—” She motioned for her father to remain sitting. “I’ll be out in a moment.” She entered her bathroom and used the toilet, thinking all the while about her father. There was little conversation about school: the proceeded directly to the public jaunt stations so they could return home, then she went straight to her room, changed into her night clothes, took her adjustment mixture, and was asleep in minutes.
It didn’t require a huge stretch of the imagination to understand why her father was there. She was fully aware he wanted to have a short talk—and to discuss a matter that didn’t require her mother. Annie finished and washed her hands, preparing for what would come next.
She returned to her sitting room: her father was at the table with two steaming mugs before him. He pushed one across the table as Annie took the empty chair. “I brought tea. I though you might enjoy some when you woke up.”
Annie wrapped her hands around the mug. “Thank you, Papa.” She waited a moment, warming her fingers against the ceramic, then stood next to the table with her arms spread.
Victor stood and gave him daughter a hug. “Welcome home, Anelie.”
“Thank you, Papa.” The last time Annie hugged her father was the first day she left for Salem. As she’d grown older she’d found it less necessary to have physical contact with her parents, but now she felt a hug was needed—if for no other reason than to show her father she still loved and cared for him. “I’ve missed you and Mama.”
“And we’ve missed you as well.” He waited for her to sit before taking his seat. “It will be good to have you home for these next two weeks. And your grandparents are looking forward to seeing you.”
She finally took a sip of tea. “I’ve been waiting for that since Mama wrote and said we were getting together.”
“Yes, but we’re meeting on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas.” He slowly tilted his head a little to the right. “We all agreed it would be easier to get a room, and that everyone could spend more time together.”
“I agree.” Annie lightly tapped the rim of her mug. “That also gives us more time to spend together on Christmas.”
“That’s what our parents thought: as much as they want to see you, they thought the three of us should spend Christmas together as a family.” Victor waited a few seconds before staring across the table. “How is school?”
Annie stared at the surface of her drink. Now it begins— “It has been good. I can’t believe a year and a half is already over.”
He sat back in his chair and folded his hands across his stomach. “It was like that for your mother and me: one day we were walking through Founder’s Gate on our way to our E and As, and then you’re finishing your C Levels and half your schooling is over.” His sigh was soft. “Time seems to pass differently there at times.”
“It does.” She nodded. “It does indeed.”
The questions are about to start, and we actually see Annie giving her father a hug, which is something that she doesn’t do much. Annie and her father have had . . . let’s say issues, and they don’t always see eye-to-eye on a lot of things. And now she will have to deal with Daddy finally meeting the boyfriend and having questions. It should be fun.
And that should be tonight.