National Novel Writing Month Progress (Week 2)

Welp. Week 2 and I really haven’t added that much more. I didn’t even get a chance to review it so… It’s gonna have some sloppy mistakes, and I apologize in advance. This upcoming week I will be doing better! If you have not read the first part, I have left a link in the statistics for you to catch up so maybe things might make a bit more sense that way. Please feel free to give me some feedback! As long as it is constructive criticism and not senseless bashing for bashing’s sake, I am happy to listen to any advice you have to offer!

Here are the statistics so far:
Story: Vagabond
Present Word Count: 1,683
Total Word Count: 3,630
Revisions: 1
Continuations:  Part 1

“So sorry for interrupting, but I couldn’t help you talking about an upcoming ball?” I asked. Both girls turned to me, but before they could answer, you-know-who followed me.

“Hey, I was talking to you! That was pretty rude, you know.” Blondie whined. I sighed, not having the patience to deal with this right now.

“Rude is yammering someone’s ear off who is clearly not romantically interested in you.” I snapped back.

“Whatever, Red.” Ugh. Another thing I hated, when guys refer to me by my hair color. You’re really not making this better for you, guy. He then leaned on the table in between the two girls.

“How about either of you? Care to chat for a while? I’ll buy you a drink or two?” The girls gave each other uncomfortable glances before looking back towards the flirtatious failure.

“I- I’m sorry, not now… maybe another time.” The girl on the left replied uneasily.

“Oh, come on, it’ll be fun!” He said, leaning in close to her. She scooted back in her seat trying to get away.

“I– uh– ” She stuttered.

“Hey, she said no. Leave it at that and move on.” I interrupted.

“Am I talking to you?”

“You’re making them and everyone in here uncomfortable, so why don’t you do us all a favor and get out of here?”

“What’s your problem, Red?”

“My problem is that I and these ladies can’t relax without you trying to seduce us! Just call it a day and go home, no one here is interested.”

“Fine, just forget it! Not even worth it!” He waved me off and left the table. I sighed and shook my head. I then noticed the girls, who still looked shaken up. I bit my lip in guilt.

“Oh, I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to cause a scene! It’s just guys like that–”

“Oh, no, it’s nothing like that!” The girl to the right said, “If anything, we should thank you!”

“Yes, I just get so nervous in situations like that, I really appreciate you standing up to him like that! I wish I had that kind of confidence!” The other one continued. I blushed a little, I never got complimented for telling someone to take a hike before.

“Um… You’re welcome.”

“If there’s anything we can do to repay you, please, let us know!”

“Well, actually, I just was curious about this ball you two were talking about. What exactly is it?”

“It’s a party being thrown in Prince Kurt’s honor as a suitors ball. He’s become of marrying age and the King and Queen have invited all the eligible women in the kingdom to come as guests in hoping that the Prince might choose his bride.”

“Oh? Really? That sounds like fun! When will this be held, exactly?”

“In three days.” She replied. Blast, Flora only wanted to stay tomorrow and then we head back. While I tried to concoct a plan to convince Flora to stay, one of the girls hindered my thoughts.

“Would you be interested in a party like that, though? With the man you just told off and everything?” Double blast! My cover was about to be blown!

“Well, it’s just…” Think, Maerwynn, think, “I’ve never been to a big ball before, I just thought it would be an enjoyable experience. To tell the truth, I’ve always dreamed of going to one ever since I was little…”

“Oh, then it would be absolutely perfect for you!” She replied. Nailed it.

“Thanks so much!” I exclaimed, face beaming and all. I don’t remember the last time I’ve been this excited!

“Oh, it’s us who should be thanking you!” The lady on the left responded, “If there’s anything else we can do for you, please, just say the word!”

“Actually, there is something now that I think of it…”

I re-entered the inn room quietly, now holding a bag under my arm. I tip-toed in quietly, but Flora and Daniel were already up. I almost ran face first into Daniel as I walked in.

“Maerwynn, where have you been!?” Flora shrieked, latching onto me, “I was so worried!”

“Relax, I just went down to the tavern for a while.” I said, patting her back lightly.

“I was just about to come looking for you! You should have told us you were going out!” Daniel scolded, crossing his arms, “And what’s that you’ve got there?” He nodded towards my bag.

“I borrowed a dress for the upcoming party this weekend.” Flora stopped her sobbing and jolted her head up towards me.

“Party?”

“Yeah.”

“Tomorrow?”

“No, in three days.”

“But Maerwynn, we’re leaving tomorrow night!”

“What? We are?” I said giving my best puppy dog eyes. I hoped that it would look convincing enough. I didn’t like to manipulate Flora, but there was nothing more I wanted than a life at the castle.

“I told you that already. Did you forget, silly goose?”

“I guess I did…” I sighed, then flopped down on my bed, “I was so hoping that’d we’d at least get to stay until the ball.”

“Our ship leaves at dusk tomorrow, if we miss it, we’ll be here for five days. We need to keep moving.”

“…Alright. I understand. It’s a shame, though, I mean, what am I going to do with this now?” I pulled out a bright pink dress from the bag. The color honestly made me sick, but it was what all the noble women were wearing– At least I prayed that’s what they were wearing. Flora’s eyes lit up when she saw the dress.

“Maerwynn!” She gasped, “I didn’t know you liked to dress up like this!”

“Yeah, it doesn’t seem like something you’d like…” Daniel said, eying it a bit more skeptically.

“It was just something I wanted to try, you know? I’ve never gone to a big fancy party before… I just thought it would be fun is all.” I shrugged and gave the saddest eyes I could.

“Oh… Well… I guess that makes sense…” He said. Daniel looked to the corner of the room and scratched the back of his neck, the thing he usually does when he feels guilty. It was working. Flora grabbed my shoulders and rubbed them gently, leaning her head on my shoulder from behind.

“Don’t worry, there will be more parties when we get to Newdell again!”

“But when have we ever stopped to go to one? And even if we did, I wouldn’t have this to wear… I suppose I should go return it.” I said, packing the dress back into the bag.

“We’ll buy a new one!” Flora yelled in a panic, “You’ll see, it will be great!”

“She already has one now, why waste good money for food on a dress that will only be worn once?” Daniel chimed in. Flora gave him a puzzled stare.

“I mean, it’s just this once, we can let her go and have fun. Having the extra week might help us earn more than enough for the boat fair instead of just getting by, too, so, if you think about it, it kind of makes sense, no?” Daniel sounded timid when he spoke, not looking Flora directly in the eye. Both of us couldn’t stand it when she got upset, but right now, I was happy he was on my side. The both of us together could at least have a chance.

“Well yes but… Are the people really going to pay us as well for the rest of the time we’re here?” She questioned.

“Possibly, if we keep up a good performance and do a variety of songs.” He answered. All I needed to do was deliver the final guilt blow.

“Daniel, I really appreciate you trying to help, but she’s right. It was silly of me to think I could do this… I might have to wait a few months or, well, even years, but I know I’ll go to one of these balls eventually.” I could see it in her eyes. Flora was about to break. She looked genuinely upset as I gave my pity speech. She let out a sigh, walked over, and gave me a big hug.

“Alright, we can stay. For my little Maerwynn.”

“You mean it? Sincerely?”

“Of course.” She said gently as she stroked my hair.

“Thank you, Flora!” I squeezed her tightly, “And you’ll come with me, won’t you?”

“O-oh, no, I don’t really care for fancy parties…”

“Oh, come on, it’ll be fun! You and Daniel should both come! Every eligible woman is invited, and I’m certain they wouldn’t mind us bringing along an escort!”

“Eligible women?” Flora asked. Shoot, in all the excitement I slipped up. I couldn’t let them know I wanted to go because I wanted to bag and marry the Prince!

“Y-yeah! I mean, the ball is for the Prince to choose his bride or something weird like that, but I just thought it would be fun to pal around together! It’s no fun without you guys!”

“Oh, I see!” She reacted a lot more positively than I expected, “I bet there will be a lot of single men there as well then! Not for the prince, I mean, but for all the girls that will be there– including me!” She giggled. Of course, why did I start with that? Flora’s such a big flirt, I should have told her the party would be swarming with men from the start! Now I don’t really know if her indications of the party would be correct, I really expect there to be a lot more women than men, but if it gets her there, then it will be worth it. If I didn’t know she didn’t want to settle down, I would say she should be the one marrying the Prince, but I knew she wasn’t up for that kind of commitment. I’ll show her, though, once she gets that small taste of the good life, she’ll stay at the castle with us, and we can all live together as a family.

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