Wednesday night is Panera “Eat and Write” night, and while I didn’t write as much as I thought I might–if you call almost eleven hundred words “not as much” a bad thing, that is–I finished a scene and made up my mind about something else I wanted to do with the story.
First off, the scene:
It really is time for Annie and Kerry to split up and say goodbye. It’s 16 December, and they aren’t expected to return to the school until 2 January, 2012, and those are a lot of days to be apart in Young Lover’s Time. While there’s time Annie sits Kerry down on “their bench” so she can give him some parting advice . . .
All excerpts, this page, from The Foundation Chronicles, Book One: A For Advanced, copyright 2013, 2014, by Cassidy Frazee)
Annie and Kerry sat in silence for nearly a minute. Annie suspected that he was waiting for her to make an opening, possibly out of fear that he would stumble through what he wanted to say. She knew how to get the conversation started. “Kerry, I want you to promise something.”
He started laughing. “The last time I promised you something, I ended up in the hospital.”
Annie rolled her eyes. “This time it’ll be different.”
“I know.” He looked down for a moment before he again looked Annie in the eyes. “What would you like?”
“I want you to promise you won’t show your sadness the entire time we’re apart.” She laid her right hand upon his left and began making slow circles. It’s one thing to be sad; neither of us will enjoy this separation. But please don’t mope, and please don’t pout. Most of all, please don’t break down and crying, particularly in front of your family. I wouldn’t want them to see you that way.”
She took both of Kerry’s hands and held them. “I’m going to miss you; I’ll think of you every day, and wish you a good night when I go to bed—”
“So will I.”
“I know. But this is our holiday as well, and we should enjoy the time with our families. Let’s not spoil it for them.” She slightly lowered her head as the eyebrows rose slightly. “Okay?”
Kerry was about to agree when he picked up on something; a slight waver in Annie’s voice, a tiny different in her body language, the way her fingers seemed to tremble a little against his hand. “You’re sad already, aren’t you?”
Annie slowly closed her eyes an softly grunted. “You know my moods.”
“I should; I’ve been around you almost constantly for the last four months.”
“Yeah, honey: if possible, can you keep the crying to a minimum?” It also says something for Kerry that he can pick up on Annie’s feelings after a few short months–or has it been longer? I’m not saying, not yet. Mysteries, remember?
She nodded a couple of times. “Yes, I’m sad to be leaving you. I know you aren’t leaving until tonight, and I would love to stay with you—”
“I promise.” He turned his hands over and pressed his palms into Annie’s. “I’ll keep my sadness private. And I’ll think of you every day, too.”
“I know you will.” She leaned in and kissed Kerry, hold the kiss for many long seconds. “I love you, Kerry.”
“I love you, Annie.” He allowed his eyes to focus on Annie’s locket. “You really are wearing that for your parents to see.”
“I said I would.” She held the locket between the fingers of her right hand. “My father won’t know that I didn’t leave for school with it, but my mother . . .” She looked at Kerry and smiled. “She’ll know different.”
“You’ll tell her where it came from?”
He was about to ask another question when school PA system seemed to be, as always, speaking directly to them. “Attention: all students departing for Vienna please report to the public jaunt center. I repeat: all students departing for Vienna please report to the public jaunt center. That is all.”
Kerry stood. “That’s you.”
“Yes, it is.” Annie shouldered her bag and stood as well. She held out her right hand. “One last time this year?”
“One last time this year.” They strolled hand-in-hand to the Great Hall, passed through the West Entrance, and turned towards the first door on the right.
“One last time this year.” If I’d ever had any kind of eleven year old romance, I probably would have lost it at that moment. Right now I’d settle for any kind of fifty-seven year old romance, but that’s another story. I also love using the word “jaunt”. It comes from The Stars My Destination, one of my favorite novels, and was later used by Stephen King for his story, The Jaunt. It is what it is: teleporting. Sure, it’s done with magic, and some people do it on their own without a problem, but if you need to move a few people from place-to-place, sometimes it’s best to confine the magic to a particular spot, and have someone oversee the jaunting . . .
Holly approached Annie and Kerry as soon as they were a few steps inside the room. Even through Holly didn’t need to ask which student was traveling, there was protocol to follow. “Departing for Vienna?”
Annie took a step forward. “I am.”
Holly spun around the tablet she held and presented the screen to Annie. “Place your dominate hand on the display, please.” Annie set her right hand upon the screen: a second later the tablet beeped. Holly checked the readout. “Thank you, Annie. You’ll be on your way in a minute or two.”
“Thank you.” She gently pulled Kerry to one side and held his hands while faced him.
Kerry had nothing but emotions running through him at the moment; it was as if he’d lost the capacity for intelligent discussion. “I don’t know what to say.”
“Say nothing, then.” She pulled herself into her soul mate and rested against him. “We’ll linger in the silence.”
They stayed that way for a little over a minute before Holly made the final announcement. “All students leaving for Vienna please take your luggage and step upon the platform. Everyone else please stay on this side of the yellow line.”
She gave Kerry one final hug. “Until next year, my love.”
Kerry wrapped his arms around Annie and returned the embrace. “Until next year. Have a great Yule.”
“You too. Happy Yule.” She retrieved her roll-on luggage and stepped onto the platform, which was nothing more than a large section of the floor marked out in red and yellow at the east end of the room. She stood in the front so she could see Kerry before jaunting.
He smiled at her, the kissed the index and middle fingers of his left hand before extending them towards her. “Moyata polovinka.”
Annie did the same using her right hand. She broke into a huge smile. “Moyata polovinka.” Her arm was still extended and the smile was upon her face when she and the other students vanished with a soft pop.
And there she goes, off to Vienna, and remember her final stance, because that will come up the next time we see Annie–which should be at the start of the next chapter. Chapter Twenty-Six is Kerry’s chapter, and while he’ll be by himself for the most part, he’s not really alone. And he’s going to learn some interesting things during that time . . .
Like in the next scene. which I debated writing. I’d come up with it on Tuesday, and yesterday it was flowing through my head, the conversation I envisioned. The only problem was, the more I thought about it last night, the more I wondered if it would kill the flow of the story at that point. But this tale is about characters and what they learn, and how they use that learning experience. Also, the conversation includes a character who will actually play an important part in Kerry’s life in a few years, and this moment in time would be a good point to set that foundation.
So now Chapter Twenty-Six looks like this:
Where there was a deleted scene, it’s now been moved and has become part of the narrative. Even after a year, when I thought I had the story laid out the way I wanted it, new things come to mind.
It’s nice how that work.