How fantastic that my scheduled blog posts for this week didn’t work…so I’ve gone back to edit them and will be posting the first few up today. Sorry about that.
Monday – Snippet Week, Day One!
A’ris thought it was fascinating how life worked, even in the desert. She woke just after midnight with a cramp in her side, no doubt from the gross amount of food she consumed that night. When she sat up on the mattress and kicked the sheet free, she could hear Hutch sleeping soundly on the floor and the soft purring sound from the bird. The window was left open, and the air drifted in, moving the curtains from side to side against the rough wooden planks that lined the walls.
Certain Hutch wasn’t going to wake; she rose from the bed and crossed the small space to look outside. The desert was a black sea. The only way of knowing where the sky touched the sand was where the stars began. A slight movement below her on the hard-packed dirt road in front of the inn shifted her gaze from the heavens to the earth.
She had to squint and lean out the window to see what slithered across the road. A serpent, longer than she stood tall, weaved in a curved pattern through the sand at a steady pace oblivious that A’ris stood watching from above. She estimated its width to be thicker than her arm, except for a bulge half-way down its body. It had eaten, and not that long ago.
Normally A’ris would be queasy being so close to a snake, especially one of its girth, but something about the reptile symbolized life. With no water and no shelter above ground, creatures still continued to thrive. Even the Dry Lands provided an efficient ecosystem. It was something to be admired.
– The Dry Lands, a Hutch and A’ris Novel