Did I scare you, blog readers? I mean, it’s getting pretty late on Friday afternoon — maybe you were thinking I had let a week go by without publishing a new edition of Reader Art of the Week. Well, if so, fear not! I’m here and ready to rock and roll.
This week’s art comes to us from blog reader Nicole. It’s in the form of a first part of a first chapter of a novel she’s writing. The novel is called Peratants: Year 1, and it’s about a very special girl named Emma Williams.
Check it out:
A baby sat in a cot, its face innocent, its expression unknowing. On either side of it were its parents, conversing in low voices as they gazed up at the sky.
“It is time,” the man said in a voice unlike any human’s, one filled with a strange, otherworldly context.
The woman nodded, and then began moving her hands in an odd fashion, muttering strangely as her eyes began to glow. The man joined in, his words intertwining with hers, until they created a melody, one that was not happy, yet not sad, one that spoke of hope and a new world.
“Permissum eclipse orior oriri ortus, permissum sol solis quod luna fio unus, permissum astrum fulsi ut is orior oriri ortus, ut lucror bellum, planto eclipse expleo explevi expletum oraculum.” The melody went on, and, as they sang, the sun moved ever so slightly, and the moon went around, joining it, plunging everything into complete darkness. As it went, the baby still sat, quietly and still, until the mother leaned over to the cot, and spoke softly.
“We expect great things from you,” she whispered, then the man pulled her away, and they both vanished into the darkness. And the baby began to cry, to wail, a wail that was mixed in with my own, one that made hot tears mingle on my cheeks, as a blue light started to cover everything and make me cry out in despair—
“Wake up, you hopeless child!” A sharp voice cut through my dreams, one that felt even more painful after the soft singing that I had just encountered. I blearily opened my eyes, and found myself looking into the cold, dark face of the matron.
“You’re a real nuisance, you know that?” she said, leering in my face. “No wonder your parents stuck you in this orphanage. They were probably happy to go.” She then continued to call me something that made my eyes prickle with shame.
“Aww…” Another girl in the room awoke. “Did wittle Emma have nightmares again?”
“Be QUIET!” I yelled at her. “I don’t care!”
“Don’t care?” she mocked. “You don’t care that you were abandoned? In an old house? God, I don’t blame your parents for leaving you.”
I had had enough. I strode over to the girl, and, in one sharp movement, pushed her off her bed and onto the floor. Stomping over her, I proceeded out of the door and into the hallway, where I climbed up a narrow ladder that led to the top of the building. There I slumped, breathing loudly. I had pushed someone. I was lucky if I escaped getting thrown out.
Cool, huh? There was a lot more to the first chapter, but I thought this was a good place to end off. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to find out what the significance of the dream was, and what will happen to Emma next. Let me know if you’d like to read more, and I’ll try to post another installment soon.
Many thanks to Nicole for sending in her story. (Note: this isn’t the first time Nicole has sent us some of her fiction. Click here to check out more of her work.)
One last thing: once again, my cupboard of reader art is starting to get a little bare, and I need you guys to help me fill it back up. Please send your drawings, photos, stories, poems, or anything else to email@example.com and I’ll try to post them all up on the blog soon.
Have a great weekend!
are you kidding me? of coarse i want to read more!!! thats awesome!!!
I definitely want to read more!! Great story, Nicole! You’re a good author!! I can’t wait to hear more!! Craig, I have two drawings, a painting, A couple pictures, and a little bit of a story for RAoTW!! I try to round them up and send them to you soon!!
Also, Craig, when is the Owl Blog Book Club meeting going to be again?
Awesome beginning, Nicole!! And, Craig, PLEASE post some more of the chapter! 😀
Thanks so much for posting this Craig!!!!!! =D
1, awesome reading. 2, Kaitlyn, check the one where he announced Holes. 3, Craig, do you like Skrillex?
http://www.dailypets.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/baby-pug.jpg check out this super cute pug
That is adorable, hannah!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it! I am gonna show my mom and brother, Benny!
if you go to google translate, the latin part means:
Permissum eclipse orior oriri ortus, permissum sol solis quod luna fio unus, permissum astrum fulsi ut is orior oriri ortus, ut lucror bellum, planto eclipse expleo explevi expletum oraculum.”
It reminds me of the 39 Clues…
That is still in latin =)
Basketball’s my favorite sport.
I dribble up and down the court.
The ball goes bouncing off my toes
and beans the teacher on the nose.
He stumbles back and grabs his nose
and hits the wall and down he goes.
The other players stop and stare.
They’ve never heard the teacher swear.
With no one playing anymore.
I grab the ball. I shoot. I score.
I love this game! It’s so much fun.
The teacher cried, but, hey–we won.
did u make this up?????
Wow, you’re a good poet.
Amazing, Nicole! I love it!
Craig, have you noticed that since I sent in Liza’s Life to you, at least five other people have sent in parts of books they’re writing. But only since Liza’s Life was posted.
Craig, I am going to send in at least the first and/or second chapter of a new-ish book I am writing, called Courtney Small. I tell you more in the email. Thanks!
Hannah, 11, http://www.theloveofbooks.ca
are you going to write another post for you blog
Yes, I am. I just need Marissa to send in something she said she would send in, and then we can post it!! Thanks for being interested, hannah!
That is awesomely amazing, Nicole! If you ever want to, you can send in some of your story to http://www.theloveofbooks.ca and we can post it!! I would love to have you work on the site!
wow thats really good! it makes me want to read on!
great job nicole!