Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 26- Janna

wewriwaIt’s time for Weekend Writing Warriors! Every Sunday, a bunch of writers post 8-sentence snippets from their WIPs on their blogs. There’s a lot of reading, commenting and great writing. Click on the link to see the full list.

Since tavern-wenching isn’t a good vocational fit for Janna, she decides it might be safe for her to quietly return to Kaleva and her own family. Before she can go, an imperial courier stops by the tavern to deliver “wanted” posters. Janna reads one, then has to explain to Maya why she’s freaking out. Again. And no, this book is not just one chapter after another of Janna freaking out. Mostly.

“I can’t go back to Kaleva,” Janna said, handing her the sheet.. “In fact, I can’t go anywhere.”

Maya looked it over. “Now see here; just because there’s a Janna on the list doesn’t mean it’s you.”

“But it is me,” Janna said in a small voice. “I’m Janna Kronek, and Anton is Dimir’s son. I suppose they’ll want him too.”

“Now that’s just ridiculous,” Maya said, laying a comforting hand on Janna’s shoulder. “Anyone could take one look at you and see you’re no threat to anyone, least of all the Empress.”

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35 comments on “Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 26- Janna
  1. Uh oh! Things just got a whole lot more complicated. 😉 Great 8, Christina! 🙂

  2. Cara Bristol says:

    You know you’re going to have a bad day when you find your name on a wanted poster.

  3. daezarkian says:

    In the immortal words of Homer Simpson, “DOH!” Seriously, I imagine I’d be freaking out, too. Great snippet, Christina!

  4. calensariel says:

    So then Dimir is or isn’t Janna’s actual son?

  5. Woohoo high strung characters! I wonder whether Maya is perhaps overly naive, though, at least this little snippet leads me to believe so. I certainly know characters like that, so it makes sense, but it does make me want to slap her a little. LOL…

    Great 8! Thanks for sharing!

  6. What I love about your snippets is that they tell so much in so little. You have a very good way of drawing the reader in to the character’s situation rather than dancing around the little issues. Really good snippet!

  7. Right away I’m thinking like an actor. Make-up, change hair color. Silly me. Interesting to see what happens next. She will be clever.

    • Christina says:

      Haha, yes! And someone more resourceful than Janna might try it. People disguising themselves seemed to be kind of a literary trope of the time. There are a lot of stories about folks dressing up and pretending to be the devil (!!) and a lot of male/female cross-dressing.

  8. Alexis Duran says:

    You’ve given her lots of good reasons to freak out, so it’s okay! What a revoltin’ development, as Daffy Duck would say. Again, you do a great job of telling us what’s going on through dialogue.

  9. No threat….hmmm 🙂 Love the name Maya. Great eight.

  10. caitlinstern says:

    Anyone reasonable might think that–but people with power they want to hold on to are rarely reasonable. She better beware!

  11. I can certainly see why she’d be so worried and freaking out! I would be too. Terrific snippet, can’t wait to find out more (wanted for what???)

  12. Mari says:

    Ooh, I like that you get so much out of the situation through the dialogue alone.

  13. Sounds like things are complicated. Great banter.

  14. Aheïla says:

    Trouble, trouble. I wonder who’s right: Janna freaking out or Maya being rather calm about this.

  15. Crazy! Loved this snippet.

  16. That last sentence is a bit of a back-handed compliment, eh? LOL!

  17. chellecordero says:

    Sounds like Maya is in denial. Wonder why Janna is on the wanted list, a false accusation or guilt by association maybe? Intrigued.

    • Christina says:

      Maya has a plan! And poor Janna is purely guilt by association at this point. The powers that be kill all rebels and anyone related to them, just to be on the safe side.

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