plot bunny #1: celtic fire

04 Jun

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This project has been on my mind for a long time, so naturally, it was the first to be chosen for the June Crusade Plot Bunny Challenge.  It’s the only story in my files (so far) to have been directly inspired by a song.  I was listening to ‘Touch The Sky’ one day, from Brave, and I was wondering what it would be like to write a story set in Scotland, about a princess, only she wasn’t rebellious and independent and all those cliched things I hate about ‘strong female heroines’ these days.  So I got out one of my many, many notebooks and began scribbling notes down.  At first, the story was going to be really crazy with time travel and WWII and split personalities, but I eventually trashed all those ideas and started out fresh.  What if the princess who was so free to come and go as often as she wanted had a sister – a twin – who wasn’t able to?  Why wouldn’t she be able to?  The answer came to me straight out of the blue…maybe said princess is mute or deaf or blind, and everyone thinks she’s cursed, so they want nothing to do with her.  And her sister feels the same way.  Then, I listened to ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman?’, from Frozen, and thought ‘What if the two girls were close as children, but then as they grew older, the non-mute one found that being associated with her sister wasn’t anything to be proud of, so she pulled away’.  And what if the pulling away – or her former contact with her sister – cost her the love of her parents, or a special someone she’s in love with?  I’m pretty bad at thinking up of good plots, so I’m not exactly sure where this is going to go, but I’ll share with you the first {very short} scene I’ve written.

The little girl nestled closer to her mother.
It had been a tiring day for both of them, and now that there was a moment to relax before meeting with the next set of guests, they were determined to make the most of it. Hidden away in a velvet-lined alcove, the two sat side by side on a soft bench. The mother’s arms were around the little girl, and as she hummed, she rocked the small body back and forth.
“Yes, dear?”
“Why do all these people have to come to the palace anyway?”
The queen sighed and brushed a few strands of hair away from her daughter’s forehead. “Your father is the king, Cathwra. Because he is king, we can have all the nice food that Cook makes and you can have your own little room. If he wasn’t the king, we wouldn’t have to entertain all these guests, but we wouldn’t have all the nice things either.”
The little girl’s legs swung back and forth. She was so tiny, that even on the low bench, her legs refused to touch the soft carpet. She uttered a small sigh of her own, near identical to her mother’s, and stuck out her tongue at a passing diplomat. Thankfully, he didn’t see her, and neither did her mother.
“Why can’t Eithne be with us?”
“Questions, questions,” her mother said in a softly chiding manner. “Eithne isn’t here because, well, you are here. There’s no need to tire her out, especially in her condition, and the two of you look so much alike that I’m sure the guests won’t notice.”
The queen stood up, quite suddenly, and gently pulled Cathwra off the bench. She smoothed her daughter’s dress, one that had become slightly rumpled, and then removed a small diamond pin from her hair and fastened it to the front of the child’s silk gown. “Do you like it?” she asked. In answer, Cathwra hugged her tightly and disappeared off into the banquet hall.
With a frown, the queen watched her go. The pin had been a mere distraction, but it had worked – the six year old girl had been easily diverted, and for that she was grateful. Talk of Eithne was uncomfortable, in many ways, and she had no wish to continue the discussion. She put a hand to her tightly pinned hair piece, and walked in the direction her daughter had taken.
It was time to rejoin the guests. ~Celtic Fire: Prologue

Of course, it’s only part of the prologue, but I’m happy with the start I made.

I’m still kind of lost, though.




Posted by on June 4, 2014 in celtic fire, june crusade, snippets, writing


6 responses to “plot bunny #1: celtic fire

  1. annegirlauthoress

    June 4, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Oooh I like. And I like the thread of Cathwa being easily dissuaded. It’s a good promise to the reader.

  2. Kiri Liz

    June 4, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Love this!! It’s a wonderful start! The idea… ah!! So intriguing!

  3. Eowyn

    June 5, 2014 at 2:01 am

    I love this!!!! SO MUCH!!! Such a good premise. If you need ANY ideas, I’d be happy to oblige. 🙂

  4. Alexa

    June 6, 2014 at 2:23 am

    I like it! Sounds like a great start!

  5. Anna Baggins

    June 9, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Coming her from the Plot Bunny Challenge… LOVE your idea!

  6. Jessy Jones

    December 20, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Found you through Anne-girl. I love this!

    barefoot in the snow


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