Sunday, June 24, 2012

Chapter Two, first two-hundred words

Without further ado, here are the (rough) first two-hundred words of chapter two, and the first words from our main protagonist, Lindsey Madoc.

The Doctor
2nd Year of the Wren, 577

If I’m alive by the end of the day it’ll be by someone’s graces not my own. Despite all the lies I’ve been telling myself lately, I know it’s the truth—and honestly, the truth scares the shit out of me.

It’s intolerably hot in this rickety shambles of a train car, but the heat isn’t why I’m sweating. I can’t stop trembling. My bounty might as well be scrawled on my forehead; some no-good do-gooder must be waiting for the right moment to reap his reward. Any minute now.

I don’t know what I was thinking when I ran away this morning, but I do know cowardice played a part. It always does. Valdove may have had something to do with it too. I imagine her rotting in some prison cell beneath the Capital or being tortured for information of my whereabouts, and I hate her for what she’s done—for taking my place when I never asked her to. She has burdened me with guilt I can hardly bear. Dammit Val. God dammit.

If I can somehow live through this day, I swear to any living gods left I will do everything I can to get my sister back.

But for now—first things first—I run.

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Thoughts? Opinions?  What do you think of Lindsey's voice? Any and all comments would be absolutely wonderful. :)

If you are interested in reading chapter one of Boot Hill in its entirety, feel free to do so here.

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