Saturday, April 03, 2010

The Missing Chapter – Part 3 of 3

Go to the Rose and Prince Brendan Blog for previous chapters.
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This chapter belongs between the current chapters One and Two. Tom & Icy pointed out to me that Sienna mysteriously went from cow to woman. The Missing Chapter, Parts 1, 2 and 3, explains the transition from Chapter 1 to Chapter 2, for Sienna.

This is the final part of 3.
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After a couple of extra heart beats, Sienna found her voice.

“Yes, queen, among other things. How do you know that?”

“I saw it in the fire," said Loviatar. “You also wish to be a powerful sorceress.”

“Yes, that too.” Sienna could not get over the transformation in the woman. Only older than Sienna by maybe ten years, the woman was a couple of inches taller than her. Her hair fell over her shoulders and down her back in thick black waves. Her skin was clear and alabaster. Her hands, held in front of her were narrow with long delicate fingers.

“Is this how you really look or is it some sort of magic spell?”

“The other was magic, or I should say, a trick of costume. One does not squander true magic when a bit of foolery will do.” Loviatar motioned with one of her fine hands for Sienna to sit at the table. Loviatar sat opposite her. As they did, the young girl came into the room with a tray holding two ceramic cups and slices of fresh bread already buttered and spread with jam. She placed the tray on the table, eyes downcast as before, and left.

“Are these children I see her yours?”

Loviatar motioned for Sienna to eat.

“In a manner of speaking.” She drank from her cup as she watched Sienna eat and drink. When Sienna had consumed two slices of bread, Loviatar spoke again.

“Tell me what you want.”

“You already know,” said Sienna.

“You must tell me in your own words what you want and then ask me for my help.”

“Are you a sorceress?”

“I am The Witch of Spawn Hallow.”

Sienna choked on the sip of the watered wine she had just put in her mouth. She could not believe her luck. The Witch of Spawn Hallow was rumored to be the most powerful witch in the land, crone and old hag reborn in each new generation. Sienna smiled. She took a deep breath.

“I want to be Queen. I want Prince Brendan to fall madly in love with me and for him to forget all about my sister, Rose. I want to be a witch. Can you help me with these things?”
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Submitted to the Weekend Writers’ Retreat
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  1. I like your imagination! I vote for Sienna to be the queen, but for Prince Brendan to love who he loves..

  2. You write with such clarity and gentleness. Love the way you describe the characters to us.
    There are more right? Poor Rose.
    Happy Easter, my dearest friend.

  3. Next week we get back to where the story left off.

  4. I just said this morning that I wished I was a Bewitched witch that could twitch my nose and make the leaves in my yard be magically raked. Either that or I'd want some point and click powers.

    I wouldn't want to make someone love me with witchcraft because I think every spell has a boomerrang reaction, you know, like a loophole.

    Fun reading.

  5. what a strange alliance. but it explains a lot :)

  6. I would like spells for getting my house work done. I am so not feeling it today.

  7. Shall I call you Harry Potter?

  8. No King will do just fine :)

  9. I read your explanation at the top to my husband about Sienna mysteriously going from cow to woman, and he asked, 'She's a werecow?'

    Why do witches always make us ask for what we want? Can't they just read our minds?

  10. "werecow" I love it.

    We must make the commitment. Witches don't like no taksies backsies.

  11. Great story - zipped over here from Writer's Retreat. Now, I'm off to catch up on all I've missed so I'll be ready for next week's instalment.

  12. Excellent detail and description! You have an interesting tale in progress here.

  13. I've only read a bit of the story, but I was drawn in by this chapter. It makes a simple tea time seem sinister. Nice job.