Hello, and welcome to the Manic Writer! Today is WIPpet Wednesday, a blog hop in which we post a portion of our Work In Progress that relates to the date somehow. For instance, today is 1-4-2017 so I could post 4 words from the 1st page. (Except that would be sooo lame.) With the advent of a new year, I’ve decided to simplify my math, simply because numbers make me dizzy. In January all my WIPpet’s will be from the first chapter of my WIP Amethyst in the Rough, in February they will be from the second chapter, and so on. I hope this will intrigue you enough to follow along on the progress of Amethyst and watch for its publication later this year.
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Without further ado, I present to you, the fourth and fifth paragraphs in the first chapter.
Background: Not much background to give here. The story opens on Amy searching an abandoned clinic alone for medical supplies when she hears a noise. She’s hiding from whoever might be there.
“She sighed quietly. She’d been born into a crazy world. Her mother had just found out she was pregnant when key leaders in the government had been assassinated. The country was scarcely back on its feet when power plants had been sabotaged and water sources poisoned. It was the poisoning, or taint as they called it now, that had affected people the most, killing many of old, the weak and the very young. Her mother’s exposure hadn’t killed her or the baby she carried, though it was evident that she’d been exposed. What was it like to live in a world that wasn’t always at war?
It had been quiet so she chanced standing up to finish her search. Her stiff legs protested at being asked to straighten out and hold her up. She guessed she had about fifteen minutes to raid the cabinet they’d ignored before they returned. She suspected there were supplies in the locked cabinet so her trip in here wasn’t a complete waste of time. It was an ironic perk of the pop-up clinics the humanitarians tried to run. They were often overrun and abandoned in this violent gang-ridden part of the country, and typically the most valuable supplies were overlooked. She hoped it was true here, medical supplies, and being able to use them, might mean the difference between her being allowed to stay with a team or being sent away, or worse killed. And there were worse things than being killed.”
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