Our friend over at https://writingouttakes.wordpress.com/ showed up their fantastic first lines today, and after totally geeking out about them we thought that looked like a lot of fun. So we have the first few (current) paragraphs of Faerie Rising.
The little bell above the shop door preceded the desperate cry of, “Winter, we need you!” The urgency in her friend’s voice tore the wizard’s attention from her task. She dropped the open box of sterile surgical instruments on the long counter and rushed across the back room clinic, passing the city map of Seahaven that took up one entire wall. On the map were neat red dots and a note for every violent incident this year. It was the end of October and the map was so covered in red that it looked like it was inflicted with a virulent rash. Winter pushed her way through the thickly beaded curtain into the still-darkened storefront.
It was hours before the rest of the shops in the Historical District would open, the sun was just trembling on the mountain’s lips and the deep shadows cast by the century-old buildings left the streetlights still lit. Through the doorway walked Giovanni and Katherine, though “walk” might have been too casual a description. He leaned heavily on her smaller frame, but she bore his weight easily with her right arm about his slender waist, holding both his and her jackets in place against his back. Katherine kicked the door closed behind her and showed Winter her face, pale beneath the thick spray of blood that glittered on her skin and hair.
Winter swallowed down the rising bile of panic as the meat smell of heavy bleeding reached her. In her experience, that was the smell of a loved one’s violent death.
She had seen a great deal of death.
“What happened?” she asked even as she quelled her trembling belly with a wash of icy professionalism and shoved a half-empty box aside with her foot to make a clear path. The shop was a disaster, thick with dust, boxes everywhere and the shelves half empty. And there was precious little she could do about it anytime soon.