Sunday, November 18, 2018

WeWriWa: A World Apart . . . Alone


We all know what it’s like to be different, to feel different, to squirm in uncomfortable situations not of our making in a foreign environment. That’s where Kip Terriot, my hero in PRINCE OF DREAMS finds himself after last week’s excerpt. What makes that truth harder to accept is knowing that it places an unbreachable barrier between him and the woman he loves.


Ophelia’s concern reduced him, her encouragement rebuilding where he was weak. The only thing that kept him from acting upon the rightness of them being together was the echo of Colin's litany of all that was wrong, because he had no arguments.

They were different, a difference Kip couldn't explain away or skirt around as if it wasn't important. She was a human female, the daughter of the man he was working to destroy and nothing about that added up to them together in any possible scenario.

As the son of their clan's king, he'd questioned who he was all his life, but never had he wondered about what he was until here in this world. Here, he felt unnatural, not only different but unacceptable. He'd been raised to keep a careful distance from humankind, and when close proximity was unavoidable, to follow strict rules - Don't flaunt your strength, don't display your natural abilities, and don't let them see you aren't like them. He'd asked his mother why, if they were so much stronger, they had to be afraid of the delicate human beings. Not to protect themselves, was her puzzling reply, for they had nothing to fear from Uprights, but rather to protect how the weaker kind would seek to use them or eradicate them out of fear and ignorance as vicious, uncontrollable predators instead of embracing them as thinking, caring beings.

As Ophelia Brady would fear him if she saw his true face and form.

What a wretched place to be. One of my favorite songs sums up the future he sees for himself at this point as he struggles to do the right thing for the both of them.


Or is he underestimating her?

I feel his bittersweet uncertainty this week while bundling up in the freezing temperatures, saying goodbye to friends and co-workers I’ve enjoyed while moving on to a new, uncharted future where there are no guarantees. But then how can you reap rewards without first taking the risk?

Happy change of seasons, fellow Warriors! Go forth boldly in pursuit of your dreams.


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20 comments:

  1. Yes, those fears are understandable. So much to contemplate, yet I'm not sure he's fully convinced himself to stay away from her.

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  2. Serious problem here. Super good snippet.

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  3. Well I do think he ought to trust Ophelia but you make it clear he's imbued with a LOT of ingrained beliefs and concerns. Hard to overcome. Really enjoyed the excerpt!

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  4. Breaking away from what you are taught as a child is difficult. He will have to decide what is right for him.

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  5. He's in a truly difficult situation here, with a lot to think about!

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    1. And he's a definite ponderer who doesn't jump into things . . . except this one time.

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  6. I do think he's underestimating her. And where true love is concerned, you can never count a person out. They'll surprise you every time. Great snippet!

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  7. I certainly can't argue with his reasoning either.

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  8. Wow. They're definitely going to have some hurdles to overcome!

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  9. Hopefully, he'll be able to decide what is right for him, but I can see how his ingrained upbringing would be difficult to overcome.

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    1. Isolation breeds limited experience, and he's in for some eye openers.

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  10. Love the way you've written this, Nancy. The words of advice from his mother were especially powerful. Quite the conflict you've created here!

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  11. His arguments are very convincing and yet I don't think he's convinced! Great insight into his dilemma, and not just with Ophelia.

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