Gaaah, I’ve been so lazy this week. Just as well I wrote enough of the scene I shared an excerpt from last week that I can share some more today. I have figured out the timeline for AMCF, though (I had way more time to play with than I realised), so I’m quite please about that. I’m also trying to make a start on learning my lines for the Crucible, which is going to take up a fair bit of my time over the next few months. Apparently Abigail has a lot to say. I’ve learned the first two pages so far. Hopefully by the weekend I’ll have enough in my head I can run a chunk of it with another person, which is far preferable to reading the line then closing your eyes and repeating it a few times to commit it to memory.
Anyway! In last week’s WIPpet, Prince Felipe was showing Cait a very old and valuable copy of one of their main religious texts. The following couple of weeks, he takes her on tours of the palace, and then the week after that they venture outside. My WIPpet maths is as follows: 1+8+2 (day plus month) = 11 lines.
After that, Prince Felipe introduced her to the gardens, but not the ones out the front, which she had seen through the carriage window before. The gardens at the back of the palace, only ever seen by the royal family and their guests, were far more elaborate. The stairs led down to a lake, beyond which lay flower beds in geometric patterns surrounding and enormous, immaculate hedge maze. At the entrance, Prince Felipe challenged Cait to find her way to the centre. Thinking it couldn’t be all that hard, Cait accepted. She was fairly certain she got at least halfway before having to admit she was lost. She wandered a few more pathways before concluding that her best option was to sit down and wait for someone who knew the maze better than she did to come and find her.
Prince Felipe and Carmen found her half an hour later and the prince led her easily to the centre to show her how it was done, before walking out of it again without a single incorrect turn. Cait swore before she left that afternoon that she would not be going near any hedges again any time soon.
Felipe, stop showing off. Poor Cait. I got lost in a tiny hedge maze in Chantilly last year. It shouldn’t have been that hard; it was designed for kids and the hedges didn’t even come up to my shoulder, but apparently my sense of direction is just that bad. But in the centre, they had a sign with the recipe for Chantilly cream, so it was totally worth it.
Do come and join us for WIPpet Wednesday, we don’t bite! In fact, the WIPpeteers are a wonderful bunch! All you need to do is post an excerpt from your current WIP, or the beginning of a new one that somehow correlates to the date (eg. my 11 lines from adding the day’s digits). Then join us at the linky. Many thanks, as always, to our fearless leader, K. L. Schwengel.
I’m going to love you and all and leave you now, as I’m typing on Tuesday night; I’m hosting my writer’s group tomorrow night and hope to get out of my lazy slump and do some writing! So blogging will not be on the agenda. Goodnight, and I will see you all soon!