Week 17: "Why a Sword?" continued
Set up This scene takes place in the first one third of the book and continues immediately after last week's post which is HERE. Rissa and her Rialtan protector Jia, are on a world called Amun populated by an all female colony led by a woman named Shaynda. They've been given refuge here from Daekartha. The residents are considered outlaws in the Rialtan Empire. This is Rissa's earliest exposure on how to use a sword, and she's not taking it seriously at all. I'll pull from this for several weeks, continuous.
And because people have asked, Cuylrh is pronounced hard C, long I, Ler with the R and H blending into a throaty sound. That is how I imagine it pronounced in their language. I am considering changing the spelling to make it less confusing to the reader. Not sure yet.
*creative punctuation alert--to complete the thought.
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Rissa lifted her weapon as instructed and clumsily returned it to its thick leather sheath.
“It’s not an ornament, and being in your position, it’s critical that you understand that.”
Heat, more from embarrassment than sunburn she was sure, stung Rissa's cheeks when she said, “I’m sorry. I meant no disrespect.” She tried to read the woman’s expression, but this one was tough. With muscular shoulders and a trim waist, had it not been for generous cleavage, her body could have been a man's. Yet her face was feminine and pretty—in spite of the scar extending from just above the corner of her full lips to where it vanished into a head full of curly black hair. "In my position--what do you mean by that?"
Shaynda's voice was unchanged but her brows arched slightly when she answered, "There are unavoidable threats included with catching the eye of Cuylrh of Medoch, and your inability to sense that doubles the chances of harm finding you."
That's it. What jumps out at you, good or bad ? I'd love to hear it and am truly grateful for every bit of criticism, opinion, and shared wisdom. Thank you so much for visiting!