National Novel Writing Month Progress (Week 3)

I am not doing a good job with this. I’ve been so busy, and I haven’t even gotten to the good part yet. I mean, I’m almost there, but… Yeah. I don’t think I’m going to hit 50,000 words by the end of the month. I can still keep this up for the year, though. Maybe I’ll be finished by then! It’s better than nothing, though. If you have not read the first  two parts, I have left links 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: 1,053
Total Word Count: 4,692
Revisions: 2
Continuations:  Part 1
                              Part 2

The three days in between then and the party flew by so quickly! The excitement of how much I wanted this kept me going strong. I had finally something to sing about again! I worked extra hard when we performed, and it showed! We managed to make a few extra gold pieces for Flora and Daniel to buy some fancy wear for the party as well.

As excited as I was, I was incredibly nervous as well. I mean, I have never gone to a party like this. Ever. Not to mention I wasn’t the most romantic woman in the world. I spent a lot of time following Flora and watched how she interacted with a lot of the men in the village. Man, it’s unbelievable what turns guys on. A few flickers of the eyelashes, a giggle at every other sentence, and a wink if they were really cute. I think can master that in a few days. Too bad I couldn’t practice without any bozo’s getting the wrong idea.

The fated day did come, though, and all I had to say was

“Wow…” I stared up at the castle gate entrance, watching all the party-goers enter the courtyard.

“Well, Maerwynn, are you ready?”

“Huh? Oh, what? Yeah. I am.” I said though I felt like I was going to be sick. There was no time for that, though! I had me a prince to snag!

The three of us were escorted in by guards. Royal guards. The only time I’ve ever got escorted by a royal guard was that one time I almost got into a fight with some punk at a tavern and they dragged me out kicking and screaming. That was a fun night, but I couldn’t let that side of me show tonight. I had to be the perfect lady if I wanted this to work.

We entered the courtyard and again, wow. It was gorgeous, and that’s not a word I use often. It was a huge area with a stone tier where everyone was dancing. There was stunning greenery all around, and the whole area was decorated with festive lanterns. Yes. My decision is final. I want to live here.

“Look at you, I’ve never seen you so excited!” Flora gasped. My smile vanished instantly, how embarrassing! I didn’t even realize how outwardly expressive I was. I nodded shyly, and Flora giggled.

“Seeing that smile made everything worth it.” On top of everything else, Flora’s sweetness was just too much for me! My face turned completely red, but I also couldn’t help but smile.

“So what should we do, Maerwynn?” Daniel asked, looking around the party. I wanted to go find the prince, but I couldn’t say anything aloud.

“Why don’t we just walk around for a while? We can find something to do that way.” I suggested.

“Sounds like a plan.” Daniel agreed. I lead the way, searching around, scanning every individual at the party. It would have sure helped to have known what the prince looked like.

“Oh! Look!” Flora squealed. I turned my head, thinking that she had found the one I was looking for, but instead, she found the minstrels of the ball.

“They play so elegantly, it’s so… unique!”

“It sounds like our stuff.” I stated.

“No, this sounds different… Like… They’re playing because they have to, not because they want to.”

“They play for the same reason we do– The same reason anyone does in public– to get paid.”

“No, we don’t play for the money.”

“Well, not entirely.” Daniel chimed in.

“Alright, so we do need money, but we play because it’s what we love to do. Do you think they’re happy?” She asked. I shrugged. How should I know?

“Why don’t you ask them?” I remarked sarcastically.

“Alright!” Flora agreed, then began to make her way over to them. I didn’t think she’d actually do it, but hey, one less person to interrogate me as I sneakily search for the prince. There was still Daniel, though. Though I was less concerned about him, I still didn’t want him to know what I was up to.

“Hey, Daniel, you’re a good dancer, right?”

“Huh? Oh, um, I guess so.”

“Why don’t you go and find a lady to dance with?”

“W-what? No, I-I don’t think that’s a good idea…” He stuttered. Poor kid was super shy around girls– other than Flora and myself.

“Of course it is!” I said, taking his shoulders, guiding him to the dance floor, “There’s no reason for you to be so shy! It will be fun!” Daniel was too nervous to even try and get away. Perfect. I looked around for a single girl, which wasn’t hard considering the event, and tried to pick out the prettiest one for Daniel to dance with. After browsing through the crowd, I finally saw a girl that was perfect for him. She was sitting off on the sidelines, watching all the dancing couples longingly. She had raven colored hair and glasses. I guess she was an elf with those long ears of hers, but hey, all the better in terms of beauty, huh? I brought Daniel over to her, and she seemed somewhat shocked.

“Hi, there!” I started. Daniel was mortified. His face was bright red and I could actually see the sweat dripping down his face. Real attractive…

“This is my big brother, Daniel. He’s a great dancer, and was wondering if you would care to join him for a dance?” Her cheeks turned the same shade of red as she listened to me. It took a moment, but she smiled and nodded her head.

“Great!” I patted Daniel on the back, “You kids have fun!”

“W-wait, but Maerwynn–”

“Don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine wandering around on my own! Have a good time!” I replied. Daniel looked back to the girl, smiled, then looked again towards me.

“Well, alright. You be careful, though.”

“I’m always careful!” I said, backing away. I kept moving backward watching as the two headed towards the center of the courtyard. Now was my chance. I turned around and starting looking all over for this prince. Ugh, if only I knew what he looked like! Just as I thought this, my questions were suddenly answered as I saw a massive crowd of women swarming in one spot. That had to be him!

“Now, now, ladies, Prince Kurt will greet all of you one at a time. Please be patient.”


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