Welcome again to Snippet Sunday!
Each Sunday I’m posting snippets from my work in progress, The River’s Dark.
This week follows closely on last week’s snippet, in which Lyria was introduced to Zara, the niece of Essena. Zara has come to them because she is in danger due to a conflict her father, Kirin Varin, is embroiled in. Lyria had hoped that Essena was going to offer her her first contract. She has been waiting on this for months, and it is a huge coming of age for the Varin. Lyria didn’t do much of a job of hiding her disappointment in her allotted task – taking care of Zara.
Lyria brooded in silence as they walked back to her quarters. It had been a test and she had failed, she saw that as soon as the conversation with Essena was complete. It was just that she’d hoped for something bigger, something more exciting than babysitting Essena’s niece.
If Zara was put off by Lyria’s mood, she did not show it. She chattered and exclaimed almost every step of the way, commenting on differences between their village and hers, stopping to pet one of the kittens that scrambled from boat to boat in search of the perfect cushion and patch of sun. She even paused to fix a knot that bound two rafts together, undoing and retying it with quick, expert movements.
‘My brother hasn’t been well,’ was the first thing Lyria said, as they approached the boat.
‘Oh I don’t want to bother him,’ Zara said quickly. ‘I can wait somewhere else, or find another spot to sleep for the night.’
Lyria was tempted, but she knew that any failure to do exactly what had been requested of her would only bring down the wrath of Essena. She’d seen Essena grumpy, disappointed, rankled, but never enraged. She hoped not to see that any time soon. Her temper was legendary. Our own personal Darkfall, Metta had called it once.
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