Ok, so the title might be a little bit of an exaggeration. I am thrilled because I have an interview this afternoon and have been busy getting myself and my Monkey ready to go all morning (it’s an hour’s drive from home). However, the not so thrilling part is that I don’t have much time to really dig in to a new post for the day. Soooo…I’m leaving you with another excerpt of my NaNoWriMo piece…which I used to win Camp NaNoWriMo yesterday afternoon. (My goal was 30k and I reached a little over 32K! Thrilling, right?)
Here is your final ‘April’ excerpt from Dragons in the Sea:
“So here’s something I don’t normally say to people,” Jane juggled the shipboard phone as she poured herself a glass of tea, “These symbols and etchings on the railings seem too organized and in line. They are as straight and true as they would be if a machine had carved the glyphs before the boat was built! I think there’s more to this than just superstitions. Whoever did this was intent on perfection.”
“Maybe it was just an obsessive pirate,” Brandon couldn’t hide the smirk in his voice as he smiled over the phone. “You aren’t the only super neat person around you know.”
“Oh stop mocking me,” Jane sighed in exasperation, “I’m serious! I’ve been staring at these pictures for hours now and while we have come up with a few suitable translations to add to Nickel’s work, the one thing that strikes me the most is how amazingly neat it all is. Especially for a ship that sank sometime in the mid-1500s. Over five hundred years underwater and the etchings are still crisp and sharp and clean, no algae, no coral, no seaweed, and no aquatic renters taking over the space. There isn’t even a hole anywhere that might lead us to believe that the ship SHOULD have sunk. There is something else at play here.”
“Maybe it’s the dragons,” Brandon pointed out. “Grandmother and the boys produced lightening and electronic malfunctions for years before you and Anna went to awaken them. Aliphonsore was rarely worn because he ‘creeped’ out his owners by feeling like he was ‘vibrating’ as soon as they put him on, everyone remembers their lives as a statue. Oh, and remember what the legend says about the statues? That’s probably at least part of the reason behind the glyphs in the first place.”
“What legend,” Jane asked softly. “Did someone find something that we don’t know about yet?”
“Oh,” Brandon paused to look in wide eyed helplessness at the retreating crew around him. “Polly” he mouthed desperately as she shook her head and disappeared into the kitchen with Chris.
“Polly?” Jane asked, motioning Anna to come listen to the conversation, “Did Polly find something?”
“hmm, Oh yes, Polly.” Brandon stumbled, “Yes she was doing some research on dragons mentioned in Spanish legends from the era, found out who the king would have been, followed bread crumbs..you know how it is.”
“Brandon!” Anna and Jane’s sharp reprisal made the older jump and scramble like a guilty school boy.