I am, however, very tired, and therefore....
Yes, Anna. I know. But I needed the 'shmallow kitty.
Current word count: 27146.
Novel excerpts 1 and 2:
Once upon a time, there was a kind, just king and a queen who lived in a beautiful castle, in an enchanted forest, beside the most magical lake in all the world. All they ever wanted was to have children, and they got their wish. They had one handsome son, a prince, who was the kindest person in the world. But he was all alone. They wanted another child, someone for the prince to love and grow up with, but it didn’t seem they would ever get that wish. But they hoped and they prayed, and finally, seven years later, they had one more child; a girl, a little daughter, who loved the prince more than anything else in the world.
Ok. So they weren’t really a king and a queen. They didn’t live in a castle. The forest wasn’t enchanted. The lake wasn’t magical. The boy wasn’t a prince, and the girl was not a princess.
But, to Charlotte, all of it was true.
Charlotte couldn’t help but wonder at the stupidity of what she’d just done. Everyone says that love is blind, and people do crazy things when they’re in love. But Charlotte could only believe that love saw everything perfectly. It was emotion that got you all muddled up. Maybe if she’d had food in her stomach, she wasn’t freezing to death, and she wasn’t still so emotionally distraught over losing Toby; she could have made a better, far less emotional decision. But the die had been cast and the deed was done. She had sealed her fate, for better or worse.
The lion walked for a very long time, and Charlotte finally fell asleep. She had fitful dreams about her family; her mother crying, her father disparaging… so much hurt and pain. Even asleep she couldn’t escape it.
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