They’d had a very uneven eating schedule since going on the run. He didn’t see that changing anytime soon, sadly. Still, maybe he could have a meal ready when she woke up. Looth nosed around near the bottom, looking for some clam shells or something they could eat. There weren’t really any edible plants in the nearby area – at least not anything he recognized. Then again it’d been awhile since their last ‘northern island’ plant instruction session, he thought wryly. Like never, heh.
Tood and Muuld stayed still, watching carefully. These two were definitely alone. Could they be trusted? They seemed helpless enough – almost too helpless, to be honest. Muuld quietly mused “you know what confuses me? They must’ve swam from that Shallower community that is just moving in, right, yet they don’t seem to be thinking twice about trying to go back and sneak in?!”
“They can’t be from that school” Tood said decisively after thinking on this for a few moments. “Look at them, they’re exhausted and everything they’ve got with them is torn to shreds. They’ve been on the swim for a lot longer than just a day. They seem to have no idea what they’re doing out here though. That bothers me.”
“Shall we introduce ourselves, or do you think we should get some racers ready in case they flip out ’n’ flee?” Muuld wouldn’t mind a little excitement really…
My novel now weighs in at 19,161 words, or somewhere around 46 pages. With this excerpt, I finally launched into the main arc of the story (which I only figured out on Sunday, two days ago). This should carry me all the way to my final confrontation or climax, near the end of the book.
Thanks to my brother Bryan, who is providing these excerpts and giving me a lot of valuable feedback. Thank you also to my other friends and family who are following along with interest – I hope it is rewarding for you. So far this experiment, this mission, has been well worth the price of admission to me. I’m not sure my wife quite agrees yet, so I still have my work cut out for me.
Oh, if any of you feel like designing a book cover or some related artwork, let me know. I’d like to have some visuals to both encourage me and give all of you something for following this faithfully, and some great art would be just the thing.