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#Rainbowsnippets: Jack and Marjory

 

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Happy Saturday! Hope you’re all getting into the festive spirit and yet artfully managing to avoid the insane highstreet crushes! Lancashire is mostly soggy just now but in a cheery sort of way we’re ‘hugging the yog’ as they say and keeping the hot soup flowing!

Still posting  from the novella I’m working on. It’s called Jack and Marjory and it gives space for two of my  bigender characters to tell something of their own side-adventure (which played a massive part in the history of Ire in a behind the scenes sort of way.) If you want some world background, check out the Introduction page above 🙂

To see all the other fabulous rainbow snippets of LGBTQIA+ fiction for this week check out the rainbow snippets facebook page 

The previous snippets from Jack and Marjory were posted here:

Snippet 1

Snippet 2 

Snippet 3

Snippet 4

And here’s snippet 5, (just a tiny bit over six lines so I could work in the tease at the end)… Jack and Marjory have been innocently minding their own business (sort of) when they catch the eye of the notorious trouble maker Eightcups Max…

 

It ain’t that Max is a bad sort, quite the opposite really – the most notorious tea fiend in all of The Scattered Isles, a fugitive from Hull and, along with Christina and Michael Biscotti, one of the foremost figureheads of the revolution. No, that ain’t our problem, it’s that a gent like that attracts too much attention of the wrong sort, and hex slingers like us need to avoid attention wherever possible ; magic, like tea and cake, being illegal in The Scattered Isles, unless you’re rich enough to rise above the law – which we ain’t.
Still he comes swanning over with that dumb grin on his face, his octopus clinging to his shoulder and his bowler hat jammed down tight, covering the worst of those gawd awful scars… “Good evening Jack,” he says, “where’s the lovely Marjory tonight? Not out to play?”
“Not just now.” We hug our teacup and keep our eyes on the steam.
His brow furrows under his hat brim and his purple eyes fill suddenly with concern, « You alright ? Look, I was only playing, you know, I didn’t mean… »
« S’alright, we know, we just had a bad night – one fat monkey an a flippin’ big stick, y’know ? »
“Yes. Yes indeed. Right, well, listen, I’ve got something – something quite big actually, something that might just cheer you up and I need someone I can trust…”

 

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being an entertaining and informative piece of travel writing by a couple of rogues on the run as they attempt to avoid the machinations of wizards, monarchs and a ruthless band of beatnik poets, deflect a civil war and deliver a priceless, historical tea set before the owner finds himself at the gallows.

 

rainbow flower image courtesy of mariah22 at http://www.freeimages.com

book cover image by Renphoto 

 

 

10 responses

  1. I just love your voice in this! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    December 8, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! I’m fighting for greater cockney representation in literature, lol ! We’re underrepresented and when we are we’re portrayed as illiterate and stupid – Jack and Marjory are young and naive, but they’re far from stupid or uneducated 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      December 11, 2018 at 1:51 pm

  2. Intriguing! I want to know what Max is going to suggest! ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    December 9, 2018 at 12:26 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! Max never suggests anything that isn’t scandalous in one way or other 😉

      Liked by 1 person

      December 11, 2018 at 2:05 pm

  3. Such a colorful and vibrant picture you create with the setting and dialogue, wow! Not to mention this ends on such an intriguing note…

    Liked by 1 person

    December 9, 2018 at 4:35 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! I’m really glad you’re enjoying it 😀

      Like

      December 11, 2018 at 2:06 pm

  4. Nice! Love the book cover, too. Thank you for sharing and Happy Writing!

    Liked by 1 person

    December 9, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou! Glad you liked it 😀

      Like

      December 11, 2018 at 2:06 pm

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  6. Ooo can’t wait to find out what the something big is.

    Like

    December 15, 2018 at 3:46 pm

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