Friday, 2 November 2012

SFFSat 3/11/12

This is my snippet this week for SFFSat. SFFSat is a place where a number of authors post snippets from their written works, and give the opportunity for comments, support and encouragement. Please also explore the other blogs that are part of this set - you can find the information here.

My snippet this week is from Sorrel in Scarlet. My eponymous pilot heroine has been captured by graalur (orcs, effectively), who are occupying a farmhouse.


We were going into the kitchen, and I was hungry again. If they were going to give me breakfast it might be worth being captured. I glanced around at the graalur with the sword at my back and said "Breakfast?" in a querying tone of voice, this time in lloruk. Of course, most likely they couldn't speak lloruk. My old school reckoned that knowing the lloruk tongue was a sign of erudition and good breeding.
These were evidently erudite, well-bred graalur. The one with my sword replied harshly in clear, recognisable lloruk "Not for you. Walk!"
All right, so they were evil, erudite, well-bred graalur.



Comments and brickbats welcome!

20 comments:

  1. Heh...considering being captured, that would have been my first assumption (the evil part)...good stuff. :-)

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    1. Sorrel recognises soldiers just doing their job - it's when they deny her food they become monsters!

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  2. Haha! Fun stuff!! Can't wait to read this. And yes, it's always handy to know a second language. :)

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    1. Thanks! I was thinking of something akin to Latin or Greek, and then Sorrel discovers ten years afterwards there is actually a use for it.

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  3. Fun stuff. Anything for breakfast.

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    1. Thanks! She does get her breakfast, I might add!

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  4. Evil AND well-bred, a deadly combination. :D

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  5. I hope the narrator isn't going to BE breakfast!

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    1. Fortunately, while the graalur are twisted and nasty, they aren't quite that hungry...

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  6. Love that last line! I'm a big fan of humor in desperate situations.

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    1. Sorrel tends to use humour when she's in trouble... which is quite a lot of the time.

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  7. I love the use of humor here as well. The last line is fantastic. It's good to keep your humor and wits about you in dire situations.

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    1. Thanks! Sorrel tries to keep a sense of humour.

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  8. This snippet made me laugh out loud with the last line. And I am in total agreement with your heroine that if they're going to give her breakfast, being captured is worth it. The fact that they don't, however, makes me think she may look for fun and creative ways to kick their butts....

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it - Sorrel does manage to get breakfast out of them eventually!

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  9. Lol, well-bred is clearly no guarantee of goodness. :-P

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    1. Precisely! Glad you enjoyed the snippet!

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  10. So well bred doesn't equal good manners! Great snippet :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm afraid I've had the misfortune to encounter more than one supposedly well-bred person with appalling manners - perhaps I'll start calling them graalur...

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