Welcome to Snippet Sunday on Darkling Dreams!
Where writers come together to share a few sentences (8-10) of their current project — whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.
I am still going to continue on with the first book in the Dark Heir Chronicles, Fated to Darkness. When I’m going to switch to something new, I’m not quite sure yet. Maybe next month. I don’t know. We’ll see. For now, get lost in Heather’s very real nightmare.
Previously on Sunday Snippets: Four year old Heather had been kidnapped from her home by a woman clad in black and whisked off to another realm where she found her kidnapper wanted her to be her Heir. But not just any Heir. After being locked up and put through a ritual that has changed her and her life forever — though she does not yet know it — she has found herself in a small bare essential room with a tiny bathroom, and her new mentor has instructed her to clean herself up and be ready in ten minutes. They are now finally talking of what Ciara wants of little Heather.
Picking up right where I left off from last week’s snippet as Heather tries to grasp the concept of using magic.
(Some sentences may have been creatively edited and punctuated to
try to fit the ten sentence limit. I’m over, again. Can we just agree that my snippets will always be a little longer but not too long?)
Ciara snarled. She held out her hand and out of nowhere, a swirling, pitch black ball of what she assumed was magic lit in the Dark One’s hand. There was an eerie feeling coming off of it; she could feel the downright wickedness that it portrayed, the darkness it represented. It made her shiver and cringe. “Like so,” she snapped.
Heather still didn’t know what she was supposed to do. She held her hand out and tried to imagine the same kind of ball in her hand, but it was to no avail — nothing was happening as the seconds turned into minutes.
“I-I don’t know h-how,” she stammered fearfully, afraid the woman was going to hurt her. “Y-You not t-telling me h-how.”
Ciara snarled again and suddenly reached out and grabbed Heather’s wrist. She tried to flinch back in fear but her grip was too tight. That same rush she had felt earlier when she first noticed it came back and she could feel Ciara’s magic prick at her as well, like it was forcing her to do what she wanted her to do.
Her hand was held out palm up as the rush thrummed down her arm and tingled in her palm, before almost the exact same ball lit in her hand — while Ciara’s was a pitch black, Heather’s was nearly just as black, swirling around and flickering in her palm. It tingled and pricked at her, a coldness that seemed to seep into her a little bit.
She let go of her wrist and almost immediately the raw ball of magic snuffed out like mist evaporating.
“You felt that rush?” she asked, her voice cold. Heather nodded tentatively. “Now replicate it.”
“R-Replicate?” she asked. She hadn’t heard that word before.
“Copy it,” she snapped, irritated the girl had so little knowledge.
Heather flinched from her tone and held her shaking hand out once more, trying to steady it. She tried to think of the rush she had felt, still not fully getting what she was supposed to do. As she thought about it, she could feel it start to trickle down her arm slowly, almost like multiple beads of water flowing underneath her skin and through her veins.
Still though, it didn’t form anything in her hand.
Think she’s going to be able to do it in the end? Guess you’ll just have to wait and see. And I know I said last week I might do a cover reveal, but I’m going to be the tease author that says you have to wait till a certain Sunday this coming month for a special birthday surprise from me.
This story is not yet on Wattpad because it is my baby that I hope to publish one day, and if no one will publish me, I am self publishing. But it’s also not on Wattpad because it’s in first draft phases yet. So there will be no “if you wish to read more…”
However! If you wish to read anything else that I do have finished, you can hop on over to my profile on Wattpad and check out what I have to offer. I love to hear any and all feedback on my work as well. Comments are greatly appreciated, as are the reads.
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