You all know I'm a sucker for blogfests. I just can't help myself. So when I saw this one this morning, I had to enter.
It's the Catch Me If You Can Blogfest, hosted by Kristina over at KayKay's Corner.
The idea of this fest is to post the first 500 or so words of your WIP in hopes of answering the question: does my WIP catch people's attention right away?
So my submission is the first 498 words of my paranormal romance, Faerie Fate. As it turns out, chapter one is super short...it's sort of a prologue disguised as a first chapter. So this submission is that entire first chapter, plus a little bit of chapter 2. Hope you likey!
Holly Reed slept curled in a tiny bundle, wrapped in her mother’s protective embrace, unaware of the two women who stood over her, watching.
“Do you think she has any idea how important she is?” Aine, Queen of all Fae, asked her own mother.
Gaea regarded her daughter, the queen, with a tender gaze. “Not if we do what we came to do, Aine.”
Moonlight fell through a gap in the curtains onto Holly’s little face, illuminating her pink cheeks. Aine stepped closer to the bed, brushed her fingers over the baby’s soft skin and sighed. “There’s so much to protect her from.”
“Indeed there is,” Gaea agreed. “Not the least of which is her own relatives.”
“Such a beautiful girl. Will she ever be happy?”
“Perhaps,” Gaea said, moving close behind Aine and placing a hand on her shoulder. “I may be the Mother Goddess, Darling, but there are powers beyond even my control.”
A furrow creased Aine’s brow, “Fate,” she said, disgust in her voice.
“He is a force unto himself, and one that, unfortunately, I can’t interfere with. All I can do is protect and do my best to prevent. The rest is up to him. And that brings us back to this little angel.”
“If she is the Redeemer it’s crucial we do everything we can to ensure she remains hidden.”
“The peace foretold in the prophecy has nearly reached its end,” Gaea said, smoothing Holly’s ebony hair. She shifted the edge of the old crazy quilt to expose the baby’s little shoulder, revealing a birthmark resembling a pair of overlapping rings. “This child is, indeed, the Redeemer. Fate has already marked her for that burden. She holds the fortune of two worlds in her little hands.” Gaea shook her head and sighed. “We can shield her now, but she can’t remain hidden forever.”
“Then let’s protect her as best we can so when the time comes she can fulfill her destiny,” Aine said, a chant beginning low in her throat as a glow danced over her skin.
“Let’s just hope it’s enough,” Gaea said, joining her voice to her daughter’s as they worked their protective magic on the unsuspecting pair.
**** CH 2
Holly Reed paced the hospital corridor outside room 532, uncertain if she wanted to enter and accept the consequences. On the other side of the door lay the grandmother she’d never met, apparently in the last losing days of her battle with lung cancer.
An orderly rushed by pushing an empty wheelchair, giving her a quizzical look. Across the hall at the nurse’s station, their eyes followed her back and forth.
“Can I help you with something?” one of the nurses asked, her voice suspicious.
“No,” Holly said, “I’m fine,” She’d have to decide now. Either leave and spend the rest of her life wondering, or go in and find out why her grandmother had waited until she was on her deathbed to make her only granddaughter’s acquaintance.
So there you have it. You're dying to know what happens next, right? Because you were sucked right into the story. Okay, so I hope you were anyway. Now, if you can tear yourself away, go check out the rest of the entries!