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Friday Snippets: Dark Fantasy Side-Project


Hi everyone!

Welcome to my contribution to this week’s Friday Snippets. This week, I’ll be sharing a snippet from chapter one of my new ultra secret side project, which I’ll be working on alongside The Hunted Trilogy. Keep an eye out for snippets from this side project, because that’s about all you’ll hear about it for now!

Do keep in mind that this is a rough draft and has not yet undergone any form of editing.

I appreciate all comments; I’d love to hear what you think.

“The sun rose eleven times since I told you what to do. I thought you were faster.”

Zali twirled the locket between her fingers, eyes locked on the man opposite of her. “With all due respect, if you think you could have gotten it back faster yourself, then why did you hire me?”

The man’s cheeks flushed a dark tint of red, bright and clear on his pale skin. He crossed his arms and tossed his shoulders back, his chest puffing out. Gazing down at her, he frowned and tried to work past the flush still present in his cheeks.

“I don’t have time for that. I’m a very busy man.”

“Which is why you hired me.” Her impassive expression bore into him. “Now, would you like to do this exchange or not? If not, I will take back this precious locket. I’m sure I can make at least the amount you were offering me, by selling it.” Or I could take my payment by force.

The determination on his face wavered, a hint of fear flickering to life in his eyes. “No, no – I’ll pay, like promised.” He turned his back to her – a mistake she picked up on immediately – and snatched a pouch off his cot. Spinning around to face her, he fumbled with the knot until he finally opened it and removed five copper coins. “Here.”

She took two steps forward and held out her hand. The weight of the coins dropped onto her hand and she handed him the locket. “A pleasure doing business with you.” The money vanished into her money pouch; five coins would keep her taken care of for a while.

“Speak to our maid. She’ll give you the food I promised.”

Nodding, Zali faced the open doorway, then glanced over her shoulder. “And our agreement?”

“If anyone asks about you, I will not say anything.”

She never even said goodbye.

That’s all for this week; I hope you enjoyed it. Have a great weekend, y’all!

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

8 thoughts on “Friday Snippets: Dark Fantasy Side-Project

  1. Very interesting. I loved the interplay between the two and how you put across that Zali is a thief and is hiding something without making it explicit.

  2. Five coppers doesn’t seem like much. She must have something up her sleeve. Maybe she gave up a duplicate locket.

  3. It was quite tense, I like the interactions between the two. Zali seems like a sly character!

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