Of Blood

BLOOD (noun)
1(1) : the fluid that circulates in the heart, arteries, capillaries, and veins of a vertebrate animal carrying nourishment and oxygen to and bringing away waste products from all parts of the body (2) : a comparable fluid of an invertebrateb : a fluid resembling blood2: the shedding of blood; also : the taking of life3a : lifebloodbroadly : life
c : relationship by descent from a common ancestor : kinship
(1) : honorable or high birth or descent (2) : descent from parents of recognized breed or pedigree

Airabella liked the way it poured out, pooling red around her feet.

"You're wasting it," her captor said.  "Stop that."

"I like the way it looks," she said, puncturing it further.

"That's all the wine we have." He snatched the skin from her hand.

She pouted beautifully, as if on cue.

"Stop that," he said once more.  She had a feeling she would hear it often.

"Is there a dress maker near by?" she asked, pulling up the singed edge of her hem.  It served as a reminder of her many sins, and she didn't like it.

"We don't have time for that."

"I need it."  And she did, there was no denying it.  Seeing the moon of her silver eyes, he sighed and conceded.

"You're gonna be more trouble than you're worth."  He pointed to the pillars of smoke in the horizon. "There's a town just north of here, we'll find you some suitable clothes."

She smiled.  Airabella had a way of getting what she wanted, regardless of the cost.

"That's the last time I pick up blood," he spat.  "You better be worth it."

She turned to him, the red-gold of her hair churning like a living flame.  "We all pay a price."

Whether I meant to or not, I created a character that I've found compelling enough to keep.  You can see her first installment here.  I don't know how far I'll go with her or how often she'll find herself around, but she sure is fun.  The theme of "price" has been showing up in my writing a lot lately.  If my favorite college professor were to read this, he'd have me analyze the why of that.


  1. What a great dialogue.. :-)

  2. Valerie BoersmaMay 7, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    "...the moon of her silver eyes..."

    That is a great description, Megan! I find this character of yours very compelling too!

  3. I am really looking forward to meeting Airabella again - from a safe distance! LM x

  4. Me too :) I haven't figured out if she's crazy or just ACTING crazy.

  5. Thank you Valerie!

  6. Thank you Janna!

  7. It's something I struggle with, so it means a lot that it worked for you :)

  8. I am a sports fan. It has been a truism of sports teams for as long as I have been a fan that, if you have one star player, you can build a whole team around team and chances are good you'll be successful. I think you have found your star character. I am sure you will be able to flesh out a whole story around her, too, and be successful as well. Good luck. Have fun. Thanks for creating good work. :)

  9. Very interesting piece! (:

  10. The interaction between these two is funny and quite natural. Can't wait to read more about them.

    Thanks for linking up!

  11. I like her character - defiant, powerful, definitely someone I'd want to keep reading about. You've got a nice flow to your writing overall, too, so it's easy to want to keep going.

  12. I have a great fondness for the crazy or seeming crazy :D Lovely character and so well described, thank you.

  13. Atreyee MukherjeeMay 9, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Tee!hee!This Airabella is amazing-love the way she pouts & manipulates to get her way-she will definitely be going places;-)"Funtastic" dialogues Megan,loved it:-)

  14. She is quite the vixen. You have an engaging dialogue going with these two.
    The moon of her silver eyes takes it to a different place.