The story of David and Rebekah leaving for the Oklahoma Landrun.
By: Judge Rodriguez
Hello! Thanks for joining us this month as I continue the short story about David and Rebekah. I do apologize for the length, this will be the last article I do for this particular set of characters. So, without further ado…
In the last two years, David has formed almost as deep a relationship with Elijah as he has with Bekah. They’re just completely different kinds of relationship.
In my current Work In Progress Keagan and Bran (aka Shadowsprite and Lightfoot) follow a trail that leads the two deep beneath the surface. Bran confronts Keagan about his fear of being underground and a memory is triggered. I purposefully move from third person past tense to first person present tense as Keagan experiences the flashback and the moment from his past comes alive. Another note to avoid confusion: Keagan is a shape shifter and is able to morph from aelf to fox form.
“The darkness was complete. Like it is here. Or so I thought after they yanked the rope I had been lowered on from my grasp and back through the trap door. It slammed shut, blocking out all light and muting the sounds of mirth that grated on my ears. My father’s laughter mingled with Shadespawn’s and Kord’s, and … I guess … the guards as well. I don’t know. They all blended together.
This month’s post is a piece I deleted from the first draft of my book Misty Dreams. For those of you who have read my book and have heard my story of how the first draft turned out to be a massive 360,000 words, this is one of the many scenes I regretfully had to cut out to make the book ‘marketable’. Every author knows how painful it is to edit off entire passages or ‘kill off’ secondary characters from a draft after becoming emotionally attached to them. If they’re anything like me, they’ve stored away these discarded bits like the broken pieces of a priceless ornament because they can’t bear to let them go. For those of you who haven’t read Misty Dreams, I hope this will entice you to check it out.
Most Thursday mornings I can be found at a local church where I join several other women in a unique Bible study group. We read a few verses then individually create artwork based on how the scriptures touched us on that morning.
Joan, our leader always includes another article related to the readings. The last Thursday I met with the ladies prior to my knee surgery on February 3, she printed out an article from Looking into the Lectionary with Teri McDowell Ott, based on 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. This familiar passage is often referred to as The Way of Love and includes the words, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Verses 4 – 7.
After pointing out the Greek language has six different words for ‘love’ and explaining the nuances of each, Ms. Ott says:
Greetings and salutations one and all! Looks like it’s that time of the month again! So, as a bit of a change from the articles I have been writing the last several months, I decided to go ahead and write some of the back story to some of the characters that have been a big part of the Legends of the Landrun series.
First of all, I will not be giving away any of the secrets or doing any spoilers in the books, so no worries. It’s my hope, that by reading these few articles, it helps to give you a deeper and more rich understanding of the different characters that take part in the books. This month will be the first installment of the articles. Well, enough blathering on, here we go:
Mounted on his horse, Soquili, and leading a pack mule, David Bakker reins in in front of the Garland House Hotel. He’s heard good things about this establishment from Dr. Stasinos.
He dismounts Soquili and ties off both the horse and mule, Unula, to the hitching post.
From just around the corner of the building, comes the sound of a saw working. Curious as to what is going on, David quickly steps over to the end of the hotel and sees an older blonde teenage boy heavily focused on sawing on several boards that are positioned on saw-horses.
After a moment longer of sawing, the sweating young man stops to admire his work and takes a drink from a mug sitting on a table. After apparently draining the drink, the young man lets loose a thunderous belch.
David snorts to himself. He steps closer to the young man and says, “I hope I’m not interrupting anything. I wonder if I might be able to get a room?”