Isla of Maura
Hauflin, prisoner at Blackvale Castle, first appeared in chapter 01 of Shadows in the Stone
Isla outlined the military vest, pressing lightly so if the line had to be erased, it wouldn’t leave an indent in the paper. The curve of the shoulder was a difficult part. It took five attempts to get the other shoulder perfect. The black lead moved slowly as she imagined the sun shining on the top of the blue material. In the sunshine is where they had spent their happiest times, and here is where the lightest of touches would accent the glow. She shaded lightly, then used a finger to smudge the colour just right.
A short time later, Isla sat back to admire her efforts. The eyes of her das stared at her as if he would walk across the tower roof and tell her to get ready for bed; they had a busy day tomorrow. Perhaps they’d ride along the Shulie or take a hike to Moon Meadow. She’d ask if Liam could come.
She squeezed the pencil and her eyes fell upon his image. His smile created an ache in her belly that rose to her chest and into her throat. Tears threatened, but she knew they would not deliver her to her das or Liam. Swallowing hard, she gently set the tip of the pencil down on Liam’s chin and lightly touched it, shadowing the edge of his jaw with caressing strokes. Recalling the feel of his skin when he brushed against her settled her thumping heart. If she drew breath slowly, she could smell his scent. A smile creased her lips. The pencil added minor strands of hair around his ears, combing them into soft waves, the same she had done with her fingers when they sunned by the waterfall pool. Her imagination would spend the evening here, safe with the boy she loved.
Castle Keepers Vignette: Almost five years has passed since Isla was kidnapped and Bronwyn left Maskil in search of her. In many ways, not much has happened; the inhabitants of the Land of Ath-o’Lea have continued their daily routine. But if you look deeper into the individual lives you’ll see much has changed in little ways.
The Castle Keeper vignettes provide a glimpse into the time between Shadows in the Stone and Scattered Stones. You’ll have already met many of the characters, but some you will meet in Scattered Stones.
These vignettes won’t be complete stories, only 300 words of a moment. I consider them exercises in writing and editing. I hope to write two a week and post them on Mondays and Thursdays as we lead up to the release of Scattered Stones, the second fantasy novel of the Castle Keepers series, on May 6, 2016.
The collection of vignettes will be organised on the Castle Keepers Vignettes page. On the first of each month, I will post the schedule of the characters I will write about that month.