Time for another Weekend Writing Warriors snippet. Every Sunday, I will join a bunch of writers and post an 8-sentence snippet of my current project. You can click on the link to see what everyone else is up to.
This snippet represents most of what I’ve been writing this week—Ilsi, my main character is tasked to help an entire Elven nation decide who should be their next leader. In the past, they’ve relied on leaders to give them guidance—after interviews and general observation—to give them advice on what their calling should be. Like consulting an oracle or priestess or something. Everyone has their place in society because the leader “picks” for them. It seems to work for them. Here, Ilsi doesn’t know any of them and doesn’t have the slightest idea as to how to pick someone who can make these decisions for everyone they know.
Or does she have an idea?
“I should pick from the people who don’t have some kind of job or life calling here,” Ilsi said. “It’s like the general told us—none of the adults will have time to lead when they’re already set in what they were trained to do.”
“But, Ilsi,” Tyk said. “When exactly do these people receive their calling?”
“Usually as young people,” Ilsi said, nodding to Reshma for confirmation. “Maybe twelve or thirteen years old?”
Wren whistled long.
“You’re going to pick a 12-year-old to lead the Elves?” he asked.
“They picked me to pick someone—and I’m not even one of them,” Ilsi retorted, “so I think they’ll be flexible with my decision.”
Check out my other snippets here. Read my next snippet next Sunday. I personally look forward to it, since my manuscript has been taking me in crazy directions lately.