Time for another Weekend Writing Warriors snippet. Every Sunday, I join a bunch of writers through a blog hop and post an 8-sentence snippet of my current project. You can click on the link to see what everyone else is up to.
At this point, Ilsi and Reshma have tried to reason and warn the Sea King of some world political intrigue. They try to make their way back to the fishing village where they’re currently staying, but they’re out at sea and don’t have any way of returning home.
Out of the king’s subjects, Dalit offers to help them. I picked this snippet because it captures the kind of personality I have in mind for Dalit. She isn’t brainless, but she’s very proud of the little she knows how to say to humans. Her speech is very straightforward and simple, and Ilsi and Reshma copy that so Dalit can understand them. It’s just when they feel comfortable about their guide that she lets them in on a secret.
“You are not mermaids,” Dalit stated simply. Ilsi and Reshma looked to each other, confused and wary before Ilsi answered for them,
“We are human girls.”
“I know this,” Dalit replied, as if proud, “because humans don’t understand water at all.”
There was a long pause and Ilsi wondered if the meaningless conversation was over. However, Dalit turned and began swimming backwards and said,
“They tell me that I should get you lost,” Dalit said; she wasn’t smiling or showing any kind of emotion, but stated it like it was a fact.
“Are we . . . lost?” Reshma asked with polite hesitation.
I do have to warn you, I just recently watched Defiance, and I think it’s that Russian accent that’s in my head when I read this to myself.
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