Love Among the Witches: Setting Up the Getaway

Believe it or not I have an excerpt!  Yep, after a busy day yesterday I have a busy day today–well, at least a busy afternoon as I have to edit video and put together a play list of the bout I filmed yesterday.  And while I was busy in York, that doesn’t mean I didn’t have time to catch a selfie with one of our newest freshies, Shannon:

 

 

Or that I’d take a great picture of one of our bout refs, French Thwarter:

 

Just another day in the derby life for me.  Oh, and speaking of that, I had lots of people wishing me well on tomorrow’s test.  Which means I got some studying this afternoon as well.

When we left off last week, Coraline told the girls–yeah, I get to say that now, hehe–about how she lost her virginity and how it taught her to strive for the romantic instead of the infatuation.  And now we come to the big question: why did they want the kids to stay at a private inn?  Well…

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)

 

Annie nodded. “Yes, we do.” With Coraline’s story out of the way she had another question pertaining to something that came up during her questioning of Kerry’s sexual history. “When you booked us into the Sea Sprite Inn, did you believe something would happen between Kerry and me?”

Coraline chuckled. “I did; so did everyone else.” She took a moment before going on. “Erywin figured there was something like an eighty-five percent chance you’d ‘experiment’, as she called it, but she didn’t think you’d go all the way: she put the chance of that happening at ten percent.

“I figured you’d do something: I gave it like a ninety percent chance. But I figured the odds of you moving on to intercourse to be nearly impossible: I knew you both pretty well—at least I figured I did—and understood the feelings both of you had at the time about having intercourse.” She shrugged. “By the time Beltane rolled around I half-expected that you’d both already done something.”

Kerry’s eyes widened. “You did?”

“Sure. I mean, you both loved each other, you’d both proved you’d known each other all your lives, and you had that shared vision of your wedding night. I felt the odds were excellent that you’d had least, you know—” Coraline gave a slight smile. “Touched a few of each other’s erogenous zones.”

Annie realized there was one opinion missing. “What did Deanna believe?”

“Oh, you know Deanna: she said that while something would happen, there wasn’t any possibility of you engaging in intercourse. Which means the only way she could be so certain is that she saw something—which is what we believe.” A slight grimace crossed Coraline’s face. “That’s really something I’d rather not think about.”

 

Yeah, just the image you want in your head: you Divination instructor may have seen you having “sexual relations” during a vision.  And now you’re having class with this person–

Not too creepy, I know.

But still, how did they sell this idea to the headmistress?

 

Annie and Kerry exchanged looks as they imagined the possibility that their instructor and friend may have actually see everything they did that night in the Sea Sprite Inn and found it a bit disturbing. Kerry turned to Coraline. “You had to get approval from the headmistress for this to stay there, didn’t you?”

Coraline nodded. “Yep.”

“How did you do that?”

“First off, it was Erywin who came up with the idea. She wouldn’t go into details, but she said given your personal relations and the things that you’d done for both the the school and The Foundation, she saw it as a bit of a reward. But it was really Helena who tipped Mathilde’s decision to allow you to have a private room at the inn.”
Annie’s right eyebrow arched upward. “How did that happen?”

“The three of us—Erywin, Deanna, and myself—were in Mathilde’s office giving our reasons for wanting you to stay at the Sea Sprite. Helena was there as well, since she’d stay with Erywin, and she pointed out to Mathilde that while she couldn’t go into detail, your ‘actions over a particular weekend in April’ were more than sufficient to allow you something of a ‘reward’ for your ‘service to The Foundation’.” Coraline smiled. “She also pointed out that if we let you room with the other students in Boston, it was a given that one of you would end up in the bedroom of the other, so why not just put them together somewhere private and avoid what could end up being a lot of tweener drama. In the end Mathilde agreed and—” She motioned towards the girls. “That’s how it happened.”

 

And there you have it: put the kids together ’cause, well, they’ll do it anyway.

Since we now know who we got them there, is there any chance you’ll see what happened.

You’ll be surprised…

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Got Some Explain’ to Do

Yeah, there’s a lot to talk about and now’s as good a time as any to start.  Enjoy!

 

The Morning Pickup: The Darkness Pushed Aside

It’s time to travel…

Wide Awake But Dreaming

I didn’t need a lot to finish up the first scene of Chapter Four because I was near the end the other night, only I was too tired to finish then.  Last night, however:  it was a combination of naps, looking at software, picking out songs, and writing the final paragraphs that got me to where I am today.

All this took hours.  Believe it. All this took hours. Believe it.

It’s interesting that the first scene of the first chapter of Part One is the shortest scene in the book, and now, the first scene of the first chapter of Part Two, is the second shortest in the novel.  Though I have to say this scene is far more painful than that other scene, but at least it ends better than it started–

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)

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The Morning Pickup: Courage and Cowardness

And let’s continue with what happened last year…

Wide Awake But Dreaming

Man, this is a long time in getting out of the gate.  This weekend was killer and I was up until midnight messing around with a temperamental video that refused to post the audio, requiring me to finally post it on Vimeo so I could get it to work.  But our video predictions for The Walking Dead is up and pretty much a barn burner.  Go check it and give Rachel and me mad love.

Speaking of someone not getting love…

I shouldn’t say that.  Kerry gets plenty of love from a certain Bulgarian mountain girl, but back at the ol’ homestead in Cardiff, it doesn’t seem like he’s appreciated at all.  And if the last excerpt is any indication, something bad is coming up fast–

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016 by Cassidy Frazee)

Bernice took a step closer. “What…

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The Morning Pickup: Let the Right One In

From a Year ago: the start of a certain level year–

Wide Awake But Dreaming

First off, how did yesterday go?  It was crowded at the HQ for Secretary Albright’s appearance and I didn’t get a chance to speak with her–she had to leave just as I was getting to her table–but there were a whole lot of people who got out to canvas and that’s what’s important.

Then there was last night’s video chat I led on world building.  It started at 8 last night and was expected to last about an hour:  I didn’t close it out until a quarter after 11, three hours and fifteen minutes after starting, with lot of interesting questions at the end.  I had a ball doing it and would do another if asked.

All of this means I actually went two days without writing, which is sort of a good thing in that I’m rested up from all the busy in my life.  The rest of the month and the…

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Drill and Drill Again… Again

It’s been a long day and the post I hoped to get out earlier is–well, here.  Late.  Crazy late.  And I’m typing like made ’cause I’m on a time table.  So bear with me…

I talk a lot about derby practice.  I even show you video of what I do.  But what does practice really look like?  I mean, how does it come out in the long run?  What exactly do we do when we’re in skates and geared up?

Glad you asked.

Last Wednesday I manged to get some great GoPro footage of our practice.  Not just a few things here and there, but damn near the whole thing.  And I thought that rather than give long explanations of what’s going on, I figured, “Why not show what I go through?”

So this is what you’re getting.  Basically, this is all the practice–save for the cardio warm up, which was 40 laps and about 12 minutes of fast skating–that I experience, as seen through my eyes. You’re also going to hear what I hear and pick up on some of the instruction that’s given to help me improve.  You also get to hear some of the shit we talk back and forth between us, which can be somewhat amusing.

Let’s begin.

Part of this you’re already seen.  This is a long drill where we weaved up through a pack, then weaved back, then shot up the outside to return to the front.  Like I said, it’s long, but then so are all these videos.  This, like a lot of the things we do, is a timing drill:

 

You’ve also seen a little of this:  the blocker/jammer pace line where one person blocks the way through the pack so the jammer (your partner) can get through.  This is where I fell and someone tripped over me, but that was as shortened version of this drill.  Here is the full one, and it’s–you guessed it–long:

 

Here we get into our blocker/jammer drills, going two-on-one and three-on-one against a jammer.  This is where I’m told on several occasions about things I’m doing wrong and how to correct them.  The guy giving the instruction is a ref, Ted Nuisance, and he’s really, really good at what he does.  A lot of stuff happens fast–you’ll see:

 

This is an extension of the three-on-one drills, with us adding a pivot, who is on the same side as the jammer.  The idea here is for the pivot to move blockers out of the way and help the jammer get through the pack.  That’s why you’ll sometimes see a person with a stripped pantie on their helmet moving people aside.

 

 

This was something that Bi and I got into with Mary–she’s in the white helmet–explaining how bridging works and how to use it to run a jammer way back away from the pack.  She wasn’t present the day we practiced bridging, so this was her chance to learn.

 

There you have it: quick, dirty, to the point.  Don’t have to read much, just put on the video and watch me go crazy.

Or maybe you’ll feel like joining me…

Love Among the Witches: Setting the Title

I’m running really behind today, so here is the rest of the scene with Coraline discussing the aftermath of “hook up” with the boy from her fight team.  And here, as well, you discover why she called herself Nurse Coraline for so long.  It’s really logical…

 

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)

“Yes?”

“He got up and was like, ‘Okay, we can go to the Midnight Madness, right?’ I felt like I was dying inside; I couldn’t believe he was being so callous. And it was like that for the rest of the night. Sometimes if felt as if he couldn’t wait to get away from me.

“He later told me that he’d been with other girls and that I didn’t really ‘measure up’ to them. I took it in stride and then publicly dumped his ass. He didn’t take it well and started getting extra brutal whenever we had a match.” A wistful smile slowly formed on Coraline’s face. “In a way it was the way he acted there and towards me that drove me out of fighting and into healing, and the very next level I began interning as a nurse in the hospital.”

Kerry chuckled. “Hence the beginning of Nurse Coraline.”

“For the rest of my time in school and once I came back.”

“Why did you come back?”

“Jessica got The Foundation to pull me out of medical school because the school doctor was killed during The Scouring and they needed someone to help the wounded.” She looked down and away for a moment. “He was the one I interned under, so I felt something of an obligation.”

“I can understand that.” Kerry gave the doctor a bit of as puzzled look. “But why did you call yourself Nurse Coraline for so long?”

“You can thank The Foundation for that.” She leaned her right elbow against the chair arm and set her cheek against her fist. “Because I was now the school doctor I had to do all my learning here and The Foundation used my ‘real live experience’, you might say, as credit toward going to a real medical school. Since I wasn’t really a doctor, I just told people to call me Nurse Coraline because that was my last title when I worked here.

“I finally received my medical degree in 2008, but I’d gotten so used to being addressed as a nurse I kept the old title. It was only last year that Mathilde told me if I didn’t start referring to myself as Doctor Gallagher, she was going to fire me and then rehire me so I’d be forced to call myself a doctor.” Coraline spread her arms slowly. “And now you know.”

Annie nodded. “Yes, we do.” With Coraline’s story out of the way she had another question pertaining to something that came up during her questioning of Kerry’s sexual history. “When you booked us into the Sea Sprite Inn, did you believe something would happen between Kerry and me?”

 

Now we’ve learned everything we can about Coraline’s first time.  Up next comes the story of when Annie and Kerry had a little relaxation time to themselves–no, not Kansas City, where they were probably under a bit of stress due to, you know, being out on an operation–and we’ll find out what happened there.

As soon as we discover who knew what would happen before it happened.