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Math: last two digits of the year minus first digit of the date = 15 – 3 = 12 paragraphs (under 500 words)

Character descriptions:

Arvid 5’6β€³, dark copper skin, long brown hair, brown eyes, athletic build.

Taiamuk 6’3β€³, long red hair, gray eyes, a multitude of freckles, numerous scars, muscles a la Jackie Chan. Notable scars include three stab wounds on his right side and a long, horizontal gash across his chest. Owns one piece of clothing: trousers.

Necessary Context

  • Arvid and Tai are again on speaking terms. Better, in fact.
  • This excerpt is slightly mangled for length and spoiler reduction.
  • It’s also a brand new scene. πŸ˜€
  • Part one of three.

Tai burst into the hut without the water barrel. β€œAyrvid, come look.” He grabbed hold of her arm and dragged her outside.

β€œWait, Tai, I’m not…” Arvid let her words trail off, forgotten.

The crisp morning air, chillier than she liked to face without a cloak, seemed different this morning. Stumbling along after Tai, the soles of her feet stinging, she deferred trying to figure out what changed until he chose to stop.

He scrambled to a halt, his own momentum propelling him further than she guessed he wanted, at the edge of the river bank, where the water barrel stood abandoned. β€œLook.” He pointed into the water, his smile bright and energy buzzing off him.

Arvid gave him a bemused smile, then looked into the water. Fish! Big, fat fish! Tai scooped her up and spun her in the air. Finishing the spin he pulled her into a tight hug and kissed her.

Arvid batted him off, her eagerness painting his affection as an interruption. β€œNot now. I’m going to get fish for dinner.”

Her mouth watered thinking of the meal she planned to prepare. Her stash of thinleaf, good for seasoning few foods but fish, remained ample, and her nostrils twitched as if the scent of her mother’s recipe already filled the air. With or without a hook, she intended to find a way to catch those fish. If she found a long stick for a pole and cut a thin strip from the hem of her dress…

She paused in her search to watch Tai. He knelt at the side of the river and peered into the water with such intensity, she wondered if something about the fish bothered him. Maybe he recognized a variety known to be poison, or to have poor eating quality. She held her breath and waited, hoping to hear good news.

His hand shot into the water. With smooth motions, he flung a fish over his shoulder onto the shore and returned to catch another, and another.

Bleeding wounds, that was attractive. Arvid suspected the saliva collecting in her mouth suddenly had nothing to do with fish. The fluid speed with which Tai moved, the graceful arc of his arm, the way the muscles flexed and extended in rapid succession…

He caught six before he stopped. Smiling, he leaned back on his heels and straightened his back. β€œIs it good?”

Arvid beamed back at him. β€œYes. It is good.”


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