Beware of gifts from the dowager princess …

Slowly getting back into the blogosphere, me. With family matters no longer as pressing, and the head cold winding down, I can get more done that needs to get done. Yesterday I didn’t make any progress on the big stuff on the to-do list, but I did manage to get 1200 words written. That’s a good writing day for me!

After that mini-update, on to WIPpet Wednesday! As a result of craziness of the Christmas holidays, and then that stupid cold, I haven’t played for several weeks. In honor of 2015, I’m giving you 15 sentences today. I’m still posting from Facets of Glass, although I don’t know how long I will still be able to do so without spoiling too much. Anyway, this excerpt follows right after the last one I gave you before Christmas between the Dowager Princess and her guard, Gaetano:

“Gaetano, there is something I would like you to do for me,” she said from her chair on the dais several steps above him.
“Certainly, Your Grace.”
“Please, come forward.”
He already stood at the bottom of the dais, so tentatively, he took the first step. Now he was nearly eye to eye with the princess.
She laughed and motioned him forward. “Come, Gaetano, I will not bite!”
Slowly he took the rest of the stairs up to the elaborately upholstered chair on which she sat, so that he towered above her, rather than she towering above him, as it should be.
She took something small, round and red from a table at her side and held it out to him. “I want you to take this small gift to the sister-in-law of Prince Vittore, Minerva of Murano, as a token of our appreciation.”
Gaetano had seen the sister of the new princess many times since Prince Vittore’s marriage. She was a flighty and vivacious thing, a young woman who laughed often and didn’t have a care in the world.
He examined the object he held. “An apple?” he couldn’t help but blurting out.
“A glass apple,” Princess Zilia corrected him. “From the hand of a master glassmaker, and thus more precious than gold.”

WIPpet Wednesday is the brain child of K. L. Schwengel. If you’d like to participate, post an excerpt from your WIP on your blog, something that relates to the date in some way. Then add your link here — where you can also read the other excerpts.

By the way, my short story collection If Tears Were Wishes will be free from tomorrow, Jan. 8 to Jan. 12. If you don’t have it yet, grab yourself a copy!

12 thoughts on “Beware of gifts from the dowager princess …”

  1. If I were Gaetano, I think I would have bolted. She is soooooo snakey. Yes. All slithery and smooth and then just coils up and strikes. Do not care for her in the least.

    Glad to have you back, BTW.

  2. Interesting…I like her a lot. Very…quiet in her manipulation, if that makes any sense at all. She seems like someone who could be either your best friend or worst enemy if accidentally crossed.

  3. Very interesting snippet. Will be interesting to see where it ends for Gaetano.
    Glad you are feeling better and writing lots! All the best this round.

  4. Glad you’re feeling better, Ruth. You’ve got me really wondering what Zilia’s got planned. I’m wagering it will bring trouble to those around her…

  5. Nooo! Don’t do it, Gaetano! I love the Dowager Princess, she’s so sneaky.

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better and that the writing is starting to kick in again.

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