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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday, Tenth Century Style

The Arlanzón River in Burgos in 2005.
I've finally decided to give everyone a sneak peek at my work in progress, so far called The Seven Noble Knights of Lara. The scene takes place on the banks of the Arlanzón River in Burgos, Spain, in the year 974. A proud mother introduces her sons to her soon-to-be sister-in-law and her servants. This is a first draft.

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“My sons are outside with my husband, waiting to meet you!” doña Sancha beamed.
Justa, Gotina, and all the other servants followed Sancha and the count outside to find a concentration of masculinity so intense, Justa felt it wash over her like the waves of the Cantabrian Sea. Nine men, each with at least one sword tied to his belt, and seven with raven-black hair shining in the sunlight, laughed and talked amongst themselves, producing a resonant rumble in the women’s ears.
Count García said playfully, “Hey, Gonzalico, come and meet your future relative, and bring those sons of yours. Ah, there they are! I would never have known, since they’re so quiet.”
Justa looked at doña Sancha and tried to imagine all those well-formed men coming out of her somehow.

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