Thursday, August 19, 2010
Guess That Character Blogfest
It's that time! My lovely friend Jen, at unedited, is hosting her first blogfest today (and tomorrow).
So how does it go? Easy:
I post a short character-driven snippet. You get a feel for them, maybe a mental picture, and leave a guess for how they look in your head.
Tomorrow, I post a picture of my imagining of the character.
Fun, right? Let's go.
“Slow down,” I said, blocking another branch from whipping into my eyes. Linden squeezed my hand, our sweat-slicked palms sliding against each other.
“Want me to carry you?” he asked, holding the Coleman lantern just below my face.
“No, I—put me down!”
The world spun as my feet left the ground. I threw my arms around his neck to anchor myself. His sweat-dampened skin still managed to smell delicious, to remind me of many nights of soaked sheets and basic human instinct.
He pulled me closer to his chest, then kissed my shoulder. “Now you can keep up with me.”
A few more minutes in the woods, and we emerged at a clearing. It’d been years since I’d visited this spot, since I’d lain on the mossy earth and looked up at the limitless mountain sky while the river babbled secrets.
The swimming hole seemed a bit smaller and the trees blocked even more of the night sky, but the holy quality of the air remained the same.
Linden set me down gently, keeping one of his arms wrapped around my waist. I patted my pocket and felt the crunch of paper. All there.
Holding up the lamp so it cast the largest possible pool of light, Linden walked across the mossy ground and squatted on one of the naturally eroded granite slabs that lined the river. Even with the lantern, the water glinted black. Immutable.
He balanced the lantern on the uneven stone and looked back at me over his shoulder. The shadows obscured the lower half of his face, but illuminated his eyes.
“Wanna swim?” he said.
I know it's not much, but it's about the only one without some hint!
What does Linden look like?
So lemme know what you think, and don't forget to check out the other entries!