Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 71- Arryk

weekend writing warriorsIt’s time for Weekend Writing Warriors! Every Sunday, a bunch of writers post 8-10-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.

A lot  has changed since we last checked in with Arryk. After his father died and he became king he wasted no time getting his armies together, loading them on ships and going to rescue Gwynneth. Unfortunately, it’s the middle of winter and a storm has caught his ship near a rocky shore. The ship is starting to come apart and there’s panic all around: (edited to fit)

Arryk knew he needed to do something, but didn’t know what that should be. Others looked to him to give orders or set some sort of example, but even a king wasn’t able to keep a ship from sinking.

Someone plucked at his sleeve; a young soldier he recognized, but whose name he didn’t remember. “Your Highness, we must jump before the ship is destroyed.”

“Jump? I can’t leave the ship,” Arryk said lamely.

“You must,” the boy said and Arryk remembered now his name was Magnus something-or-other. “If you are lost, all of us are. It’s no good to sacrifice yourself.”

He saw the sense in that, though it seemed so unheroic.

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42 comments on “Weekend Writing Warriors: Snippet 71- Arryk
  1. Rob Harrison says:

    an editorial comment, “said lamely” Whinged, bleated, whined, moaned, or simply said.

    Great story.

  2. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Poor Arryk. This king business can be tough. All that pressure to succeed and to go down with the ship.

  3. Magnus is right. Arryk can’t just give up and go down with the ship. Good snippet, Christina. I hope the new release is doing well!

  4. My first thought was, Arryk, you fool, you can’t just get on a ship to rescue your maiden without a thought out plan. Now, he’s stuck in a sinking ship… Jumping might be unheroic, but at least he might have a better chance of staying alive. Great snippet, Christina.

  5. Kim Magennis says:

    From the mouths of babes! Glad I am a landlubber

  6. Oh dear, poor Arryk! Ya gotta feel bad for anybody in this situation. A dead king is of no use to anybody. Hope you pick up from here next week, and hope the new release is taking off.

    • Christina says:

      In Arryk’s case, a live one isn’t much use either, but everyone has yet to figure that out!

      Thanks for the good wishes on the release. Sales are a bit sluggish post-launch, but I’ve been getting some good reviews, so I’m happy with that.

  7. I like this snippet. It’s no good being noble and going down with the ship. His men need a leader. Something tells me he will survive!

  8. Alexis Duran says:

    This entire scene was so well done- it had me on the edge of my seat (and I have to admit, occasionally cursing the author). Congratulations on getting this reader totally wrapped up in your characters.

  9. Interesting that he considers jumping from a sinking ship the unheroic choice. I have always thought of death as the easy way out. Glad he is willing to listen to that smart young man. Great snippet 🙂

  10. Cara Bristol says:

    He must be a pretty approachable king for a lowly soldier to approach him and offer advice.

  11. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Never understood why the captain had to go down with the ship. I say go with Magnus’ advice. 🙂

  12. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

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  13. I agree. No need to stay on a sinking ship, but what will they jump into?.

  14. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Sounds tough to be king there. I’m sure he can be heroic in other ways than going down with the ship. Nice snippet! 🙂

  15. Jump?! Oh wow, this is gonna be a rough chapter. lol. Nice action and suspense here!

  16. chellecordero says:

    Poor Arryk certainly is not prepared for the job. the lowly soldier Magnus gave him sage advice, I hope he listens.

  17. I guess being king is a tough job. Good excerpt.

  18. I’m having a little The Finest Hours flashback, since I just saw the movie… but heroism is only good if it saves lives. Get your rear off that ship!

  19. danijace says:

    Gotta feeling this young man will become entwined in the king’s life. Great snippet.

  20. Jenna Jaxon says:

    Well, he’s the king, not the captain, right? A king doesn’t necessarily have to go down with a ship. If he lives he can continue the rescue mission. I vote he jumps ship! 🙂

  21. Let’s hope wise minds prevail and common sense wins out! Nice snippet.

  22. That’s one reason I always loved Arryk– he’s willing to go on the frontlines and do whatever he has to to help his men, who will do anything for him in return. Gah! I can’t wait for book three!!!

  23. What a struggle, to lead by example. Great snippet, Christina!

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