I decided this year to join NaNoWriMo and while having a bit of a slow start, I feel I am right where I need to be right now. I am figuring things out for this story and it’s coming alive little by little. SO much so that I want to share my favorite bit that I’ve written for my first draft of Escape from Serenity’s Edge. I hope you enjoy and please let me know down in the comments!
“You tell your Mr.Flint exactly what my husband told you yesterday. We’re tired of running your stuff through here. Enough is enough. Unless he’s going to share that with our town, he can go elsewhere. We don’t want him here anymore. We appreciate the stuff he has done, but we’ve all paid our debt to him tenfold and he needs to just move on!”
She waves her finger in Ryker’s face, her emerald eyes shining as she chews him out. She’s worked in a tavern since she was a child, starting when her parents had first opened the Jagged Lantern in Tattington, then moved it to Serenity’s Edge when things were getting too rough. She’s faced off with sky pirates, street urchins, and thugs as big as Dirk and wasn’t phased in the least at their threats.
Ryker grabs her finger and yanks her to him. Zeke and Gabe go to intervene, but Sebastian and Dirk grab both of them and hold their arms to their sides while Ryker deals with Violet.
“Look here lil’ lady. You talk a big game but you wouldn’t last workin’ for Mr. Flint so I suggest you calm down before we take you to him instead of your boy!”
“First off let go of me. Second of all you have no idea what I can and can’t deal with. We told you to shove off, so SHOVE…OFF.” She kicks him, hitting him in his knee, which causes him to let go of her. She runs behind the bar and grabs the pistol that’s sitting their and points it at them.
“Now. Let go of my boys and take yourselves back to Mr. Flint and tell him what I said before I put a couple new holes in you.” She clicks the hammer back and holds it steady, aimed right at Sebastian’s head. “Don’t test me boys. Let them go.”
The door to the office of Reynard Alban Flint, silent elder of Serenity’s Edge and owner of one of the largest Verronium supply companies in the country opens and the two thugs that were at the Jagged Lantern bothering Hugh Sparks earlier that day walk in.
“Well? Did you take care of it?”
“He says you want him to continue bringing in all that cargo, you need to go talk to him yourself. Says he ain’t having all that food come through his place for you when most of the people of the town can barely make it through a winter.” Ryker reports.
Reynard sits back in his chair and drums his fingers on his desk.
“Oh he did did he? Well maybe he needs to be reminded that I am in charge here, not him. You and Sebastian need to go back tomorrow, take Leo with you as well, and maybe have a chat with his missus. That might light a fire under him. If they still refuse, you will inform them that they will continue to ship our food through or their youngest boy will find himself staying with us for awhile, got it?”
“Yes Mr. Flint.”
After the two leave his office, Reynard yells for his assistant.
“Yes Mr. Flint?” The young woman has paper ready to take notes for whatever her boss needs her to do, but is hoping it will wait til tomorrow so she can go to her quarters and get some sleep. They’d been at work since dawn and it was now almost eight o’clock.
“I need you to get a hold of Augustus, Marcellus, and Cyrus first thing tomorrow morning and tell them we need a meeting. Just tell them the citizens are getting unruly. You may go get some sleep now. Thank you Emily.”
“Yes Mr Flint. Thank you. Goodnight sir.”
He sits back in his chair, hands under his chin, as he contemplates how to continue to keep control of this town until their production is done.
I watched her as she took the bits apart that Lottie and Winnie had brought her earlier that day and then start to make another Widget out of the parts she could salvage. She had a lot of Widgets scattered around her room and hidden in various parts of the house. He sighed as that thought crossed his mind. It was so silly that the whole village had to suffer because a few of the older citizens were afraid of the steam tech. Tori and her friends should be allowed to do what comes naturally to most of them – build and create or be scientists. The fact that they would be jailed or exiled if it was found out they were tinkering and experimenting was ludicrous and frightening. He felt guilty as he continued to observe Tori, knowing that it was his fault they were in Serenity’s Edge. His loyalty to his parents could never be questioned but the more he thought about it, he should have kept them all in Tinkerburg, or at the very least Tattington. Maybe Mina would still be alive if they had.
Nate shook his head and rubbed his eyes so Tori didn’t see the tears that were forming. He missed Mina every day, and watching their daughter grow up to be just like her scared him, depressed him, and made him proud all at the same time. Mina would be so happy knowing that despite the laws, he continued to let Tori’s friends bring her scraps so she could tinker in secret. One day he hoped they would be able to leave Serenity’s Edge so that Tori could live her dreams.
Greetings fellow adventurers! Today starts the adventures of Victoria (Tori) Davenport and her friends as they attempt to get away from their boring, non-tech town of Serenity’s Edge. They are on their way to Tattington where they hope to find Tori’s Aunt Tabitha who is rumored to be a sky pirate, get her to take them on her airship, and bring them to the big city of Tinkerburg! If all goes well, they will get to Tinkerburg, get Tori to her mother’s family, and all start new lives surrounded by steam tech and new inventions.
Sounds like a lot of fun right?
While it will be an adventure, they will have to battle bounty hunters, dangerous ruffians, cutthroat street merchants, and the fear of being sent back to face the elders of Serenity’s Edge. To some, Serenity’s Edge seems like a nice, quiet town but it hides secrets that some say people will kill to keep hidden.
So will Tori and her crew get away and live their dreams or will they end back up in Serenity’s Edge and face more treacherous foes than sky pirates?
Stay tuned here for blips and teasers from my book, Escape from Serenity’s Edge, coming to you next Summer!