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#RainbowSnippets: Necromancers

Happy Saturday folks!

Well I finally had my first op on Wednesday – it all went smoothly and I should get the de-brief and biopsy results in 1 -3 weeks (actually it was such a lovely hospital and the staff were all so wonderful I felt like I’d had a little holiday rather than an operation! XD So feeling like a bit of a fraud really! Eep! XD I even got plenty of time before and after to knit some rainbow Joey Bags for UK Crafters For Australian Wildlife on FB while I was reading my lovely kindle stash! lol. )

If you’re new to this, Rainbow Snippets is a chance to read and share 6 sentences of LGBTQIA+ fiction every Saturday. There’s a huge variety from Steampunk, like mine, to Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Comedy and everything in between. You can join the fun and read all the other fabulous snippets at the wonderfully friendly and supportive official facebook group here.

About 500 plus years after the events in the first book (The Curious Adventures Of Smith And Skarry) a forgotten cult are still obliviously serving their long-dead leader, Wiz, and trying to find the secret of immortality. Sort of. Actually daily temple life revolves more around knitting circles, bridge nights and summer fetes… until two novices stumble upon the secret of undeath themselves and unleash a couple of very unlikely ‘gods’ upon the unprepared and erstwhile peaceful community.

 

If you missed the last part you can catch up here: #RainbowSnippets: Necromancers

Righty, this will be my last Necromancers snippet for a while because a) I promised to do some more Smith and Skarry snippets through January and b) Necromancers is now available in ebook form (format thoroughly checked before publication this time! XD) and will soon be available in Paperback too (it’s only a short story at around 17,000 words so the paperback will be only £2.99 I think – I’m just waiting for the proof to arrive)

I’ve moved away from Viv and Reynard for this last one, to give you a glimpse of Douglas and his fellow red robe acolytes as they wait uneasily for Vivienne to come and have a ‘little chat’ with them… (sorry it’s seven sentences but it is the last one for a while!)

 

Inside the red robes’ chamber, Douglas shifted his weight uneasily on the long wooden bench and cradled his goblet of blood as though it were a comforting mug of cocoa on a cold winter’s evening. Exactly how he had got himself into Cardinal Vivienne’s bad books, he had no idea – he always attended staff meetings, always volunteered to help out on the tombola, and his sticky toffee tray bakes were the talk of the temple.
“Drumstick?” Bex nudged him out of his pensive contemplation with a bony elbow and he took the leg she offered him with an absent smile, almost forgetting to remove the knitted woolen booty before taking a bite.
“What do you think he wants to talk to us about?” Simon asked nervously. “D… d… d… d’you think it’s the summer fete?”
Liz rolled her eyes. “I seriously hope not because I am not getting stuck on tombola again, it’s not like they even appreciated the prizes we arranged for it.”
Douglas frowned slightly as he remembered being grilled by Vivienne at the end of the celebration for the fact that several village children had had to have counseling.

 

 

Wishing you all an utterly fabulous weekend folks, and don’t forget to check out all the other fabulous snippets on the official fb page here: official facebook group here.

 

16 responses

  1. I’m so glad it went smoothly and that you’re back with us safe ‘n’ sound.🥰 Don’t feel like a fraud you daftie, you’ve had bits snaffled!😲 All tentacles are crossed as tight as tight can be.❤️
    I love the snippet, it was as luscious as sticky toffee tray bakes (that) were the talk of the temple.😁 Your juxtaposition of quirky and disquieting is, as ever, sublime.
    …cradled his goblet of blood as though it were a comforting mug of cocoa…almost forgetting to remove the knitted woolen booty before taking a bite….
    Perfectly encapsulated by the last two sentences…and the prizes that required counselling.🤭 Magnificent.❤️xxxx

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    January 18, 2020 at 7:34 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Aw thankyou my lovely – and for the crossed tentacles! xxxxx I’m glad you loved the snippet – I’m never certain if the creepy/ cute is working or just gonna freak people out so I’m so glad you enjoyed this snap shot of Douglas in his oblivious little world! XD xxx

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      January 21, 2020 at 9:39 am

  2. Brilliant final sentence. I wish you a speedy recovery and a good outcome.

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    January 18, 2020 at 11:12 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Aw thankyou! I’m really glad you liked the snippet and thankyou so much for your kind well-wishes! Hope your week is a fabulous one 🙂

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      January 21, 2020 at 9:40 am

  3. LOL! I had to read this out loud in the car to my husband…we’re currently in transit. This snippet is hilarious and I’m loving the story it’s part of! (heart)

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    January 18, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      LOL, oh I’m so glad you both enjoyed it! And I’m super glad you’re enjoying the story too 🙂 – hope your road trip is a fabulous one! -hugs! x

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      January 21, 2020 at 9:45 am

  4. Love this so much! And I’m glad the hospital stuff went well. Best wishes for the rest of it! 🙂

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    January 19, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Aw thankyou lovely! And I’m very glad you’re enjoying the story, thankyou! xx

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      January 21, 2020 at 9:46 am

  5. A pleasure. I loved the last sentence!

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    January 21, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Aw I’m super glad you did! I think I’m going to have to write a prequel short story just based around that last sentence! XD “The Fete Worse Than Death” I think I’ll call it! XD

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      January 22, 2020 at 9:44 am

  6. So glad everything went well. I’m sending good thoughts your way!

    Loved the snippet!

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    January 25, 2020 at 3:15 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Aw thankyou so much honey! – and I’m really glad you liked it 🙂

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      January 29, 2020 at 1:38 pm

  7. This is such a fun story

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    January 25, 2020 at 3:31 am

    • smithandskarry1

      Thankyou, I’m glad you’re enjoying it 😀

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      January 29, 2020 at 1:38 pm

  8. Just downloaded this to my Kindle. Can’t wait to start reading it! (My Kindle played too much Merge Dragons earlier and is currently on the charger.)

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    February 15, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    • smithandskarry1

      Oh wow, thankyou so so much I really hope you enjoy sharing in their little adventure! Merge dragons sounds great – I had to look it up as I hadn’t heard of it – it looks like a fabulous reason for a kindle to eat up all its battery! XD xx

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      February 18, 2020 at 8:22 am

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