Welcome to ‘Everybody Reads YA’ #SundayBlogShare.
Today I’m sharing an excerpt from a short story loosely based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. A young girl is sent from her happy home and family to fulfill her father’s dying wish that she should marry a distant cousin and thereby save the family estate as a home for her mother and younger sisters. Unfortunately, when she arrives at her destination, it is her intended husband’s younger brother who first attracts her attention. The story is called Journey to the Fair Mountain.
He had deep blue eyes and gave me a lingering smile as he held my hand. I felt a tremor pass through me that was more than just the cold. He held my hand tighter and put it to his lips, but the trembling did not stop, even as I curtseyed.
“Your hand is frozen,” he said, stroking it gently, and looking straight into my eyes. “It must have been a hard journey through the snow.” I nodded, and bit my lip to stop it quivering as I lowered my eyes, shy and awkward under his probing gaze, too awed to say we had had no snow that day. Was this the one? My future husband? And was it really less than a week since I left my own home? It felt such a long, long time ago.
Journey to the Fair Mountain is one of a number of short stories based on Shakespeare’s heroine’s activities off stage that I have been writing. A number have already been published in anthologies and as stand alone e-books, and are available from Solstice Publishing, or from my author page on Amazon Books.
The Ghost Queen: myBook.to/GhostQueen