Heartseeker Snippets

So I’ve been meaning to post some snippets from my 2014 NaNo novel ever since… well… NaNo ended. So here they are at last!

Without further rambling, here are a few snippets from Heartseeker — hope you enjoy! ^_^

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(cover by me; all other pictures in this post were found on Pinterest)

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Prince Haldon turned his head far enough to look directly at her, and the dying sunlight tangled in his hair, highlighting it to bring out a brown hidden in the dark. His eyes now looked cold and his emotionless voice and expression suddenly meant something else.

61f12e35e3317ab88e3e9cf858708102“I will still marry you if you wish it, Princess Evanna. But you must know that I will never be able to love you. My heart was stolen, and I can love no longer.”

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“Why should anyone want to live without a heart? Surely you remember that life was better when you could love and had a heart and—”

Prince Haldon interrupted her. “I remember a stabbing pain that could not be healed, a feeling of loss and sorrow and brokenness; chasing shadows. I do not know anymore why exactly I felt those things, but why should I want to go back to that? It is better this way.”

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Princess Evanna -ish

“But Evanna—oh!” Teriya broke off and stood up to chase after the two nearly identical fair-haired little lads of four years old who came galloping around the corner at this point. They must have escaped their flustered nursemaid and were reveling in freedom, whooping war cries and pausing at intervals to cross wooden swords in a mock fight as they went down the steps into the rose garden at a speed that was beyond the boundaries of safe.

Evanna laughed and followed after her sister in law to help catch the twins and keep them from accidentally murdering each other.

Teriya was very nice, if sometimes a bit preoccupied with her whirlwinds of twin sons, Evanna’s nephews—but then, who wouldn’t be? They were adorable little terrors, and kept her hands full.

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Sir Durand at the Golden Castle

“And he fought Trillum.”

Sir Durand blinked dispassionately. “I did not harm him.”

“You knocked him off a cliff,” Sir Kern stated flatly, but without hostility now that the fact was in the past and Trillum was all right.

“It was unintentional, I assure you,” Sir Durand said shortly. “And as for fighting, if you recall, he attacked first.”

“Ah, so he did, the young hot-head,” Sir Kern said with a shake of his head, smiling fondly as if he was talking about a puppy licking someone’s face without an invitation.

***

“Are you all right, my lady?” Sir Durand asked.

She nodded. “Yes. The dragon dress—”

“The what?” Sir Durand demanded, pulling his sword out and standing in a fighting stance facing half away from her.

Oh. She had not mentioned that to him before, had she. Bother.

“I have a dress of dragon skin that almost nothing can pierce,” she managed to say above the din.

“You might have mentioned that,” Sir Durand said.

***

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a certain hawk

Princess Evanna sat back quite suddenly.

“So what you are telling me,” she said after a moment of silence, “is that what you meant by sending me to a safe place by the sea sprites, was dumping me on a rock in the middle of the sea that a dragon lives on. Very safe.”

“Yes, it was very safe,” the Bard said patiently. “The dragon flies off to hunt at night, I happened to know, and knew that it would not return to the rock until after dawn, by which time I meant to come and fetch you. And besides that, nothing else would dare to approach the dragon’s rock, whether other predators or the sea raiders or any dangers that there could be, so I knew that until the dragon returned you would be the safest there that you could be anywhere at all.”

“Until the dragon returned,” Princess Evanna repeated.

***

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Reldin’s harp

Sir Durand looked much more himself. He instinctively reached for his sword, which was not there.

“I do not suppose we have any weapons between us,” he said with a sigh.

Princess Evanna shook her head.

Reldin did something with his gold arm band and a moment later held up a small dagger which he twirled through the air and caught again. “Does this count?”

“No,” Sir Durand said.

“Well then. Does my harp count?”

“No again.”

“In that case, we are what you at least would call weaponless,” the bard said.

“Fabulous,” Sir Durand said, running his fingers through his rumpled golden-brown hair.

***

Princess Evanna

Princess Evanna

Reldin glanced around at the shadow of the trees beyond the ring of light the fire cast on the stones. “There is something not right with the forest.”

“What do you mean?” Sir Durand asked–rather sharply, Princess Evanna thought.

“I mean,” the bard said, slowly and carefully, “that there is something not right with the forest.”

***

“There are troubles,” she said briefly.

“Is one of the troubles white tigers wandering the woods and attacking travelers?” Sir Durand said.

The Lady of the Forest blinked slowly at him and replied mildly, “It is not one of my troubles.”

“Well it was one of ours. If this is your forest, Lady, and you claim we are welcome, I thought you might like to know.”

Princess Evanna frowned at him.

***

a young prince Haldon (from pinterest)

a young Prince Haldon

“I still do not understand why you can not leave well enough alone and let him remain without a heart instead of meddling in his affairs. It is a lot of trouble for nothing, and I am sure he will not be grateful for it.”

Princess Evanna thought back and remembered Prince Haldon’s voice yelling after her as she ran down the stairs: “I do not want my heart back!”

As it had echoed down the stairwell then, so it echoed through her mind now, haunting like a ghost, and for a moment she thought Sir Durand was right.

But it was only the heartless Prince Haldon who would not be glad of a heart. Once he had it back, surely he would be grateful, for he would care again.

Surely.

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22 thoughts on “Heartseeker Snippets

  1. *MAD FLAILING* HEARTSEEKER SNIPPETS. OH MY GOODNESS. CELTI. CELTICELTICELTICELTI. THESE ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!!! ALL THE FAIRYTALE GOODNESS. I CAN’T EVEN.

    After reading these I realize how little I knew about this story. I fell in love with the idea instantly and now…NOW. AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!! CELTIIIIII. DRAGONS AND HAWKS AND FIGHTS AND CASTLES AND FOREST LADIES AND SPRITES. SO MANY THIIIIINGS.

    AND THE CHARRIES. Evanna is precious and Reldin is so funnn and I literally laughed out loud over some of the things Sir Durand said!!! I LOVETH THEM ALREADY!!!

    The writing is also GORGEOUS. “…the dying sunlight tangled in his hair…” Wow. *dreamy sigh* That was beautiful. It all is! So perfectly fairytale-ish. CELTI. GO FINISH THIS THING BECAUSE I WANT THE WHOLE THING IN MY HANDS TO DEVOUR. I NEEEEEDSSS IIIIIT.

    I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. JUST SLKDJFJF:GJ:SJD:LKGKHF:DLJG. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • *beams* LAURI WHY YOU SO NIIIIICE?? *flailing* It’s going to go to my head if you don’t watch out! o.o Butbutbut I’m absolutely giddy that you liked them so much! ^_^ THANK YOUUUUUUU. And I know, it’s sort of shameful how little mah Lauri knows about this thing. O_O BUT WORRY NOT. I SHALL FINISH IT SOMETIME AND THEN YOU WILL KNOW ALL. 😄

      But, um. Well. When you put it THAT way it sounds cooler than it actually is. :O Meep. *hides behind tapestry* It’s only… y’know… a story… thing. *tries to find words and fails epically*

      BUT I’M GLAD YOU LIKED THEM AND I HOPE YOU WILL LIKE IT WHEN YOU READ IT AND NOW I’M SUPER MOTIVATED TO GET BACK TO IT SOON WHEN I’M DONE MY HIATUS SO I CAN FINISH. 😀

      I wuv the charries toooo and it just happifies me so much to hear you do. ^_^ Laughing over Sir Durand, eh? Now THIS is news. Interesting… 🙂

      YOU ARE THE SWEETEST THIIIIIING THANK YOU SO MUCH! YOUR COMMENT TOTALLY MADE MY DAYYYY! ^_^ <3<3<3

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  2. My reaction as I read this post:
    “Ooh! That was an awesome line! Ooh! But this one’s better. Ooh! And this one’s the best . . . no, this one . . . no, this one! . . . ooh, but this one’s even better still!”
    Final conclusion: they’re all awesome, particularly the ones involving Reldin. Though the one about the dragon-skin dress was pretty fun too. 😀 And you need to finish this book and then send it to me so I can read all the awesome.

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    • …Okay then! What do I say to such compliments? o.o *happy flailing in fuzzy feelings* Thanks! ^_^ I’m sooo glad you liked them. 😀 Methinks you’re a Reldin person. 😉 And I’m still on writing hiatus, but once I get back to writing, I hope to get back to working on it! It’s still a mess–Nano, y’know. 😄 But I’m positively flattered you’d be interested… Thanks for the lovely comment! ❤

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  3. *squeal* These are so good! I love Durand’s wry humor. Everyone seems so lovable already, and I second whimsywriter3’s comment–MORE SNIPPETS, PLEASE. All this intriguing stuff about the prince losing his heart and Evanna questing for it and him not wanting it back… You simply must beta it someday. *puppy dog eyes*

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    • Eeee, thanks! ^_^ So glad you likey. 😀 My goodness, perhaps I WILL have to post more snippets with so much demand! O_O And I’ll probably beta it sometime! 😀 …I almost did while I was writing it for NaNo, but I was too busy… and now I’m sorta glad I didn’t because I’m going to need to change some things, and it’s a MESS (NaNo drafts, y’know. 😉 ), but yesh, I would love to send it for beta sometime! Thanks so much for your interest and kind words! ❤

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      • I likey very much, yes. 😄 You totally should! And yay, can’t wait! Oh yes, even non-Nano first drafts can be messy, so that’s understandable. 🙂 You’re welcome! ❤

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    • Oooooooh…! *wriggles eyebrows* Now there’s a thought! You know how much I’d love to read yours! 😀 (Tracey’s in a beta-reading group I’m in, which is why this came up. XD) *flaiiiil* I’m so glad you like it that much! *fuzzy happiful feelings*

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    • Aw, thanks! ^_^ And heehee, I have no idea. 😄 It’s not finished yet… 😛

      AND OH MY GOODNESS YES I DID GET YOUR EMAIL AND I’M SOOOO SORRY I HAVEN’T REPLIED YET. D: *sobs a pool of tears* Life has been seriously crazy. -_- (Like, gone on a roadtrip in the midst of novel-writing for NaNo and then slain by holidays and on vacation from email and writing. Eek.) SO SORRY DEARY. 😦 But I will reply!!! It shall be done! ❤

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