As The Next Together takes place in lots of timelines, all of which are a different genre – there's a Regency-esque romance, a war story, and a Dystopian thriller, to name a few! – I thought I'd go even further. I'm writing the book in the style of a few other genres.
This was mainly because I wanted to see if I could really write in the style of Game of Thrones or Bridget Jones' Diary.
Warning: these are all ridiculous. You're welcome.
i. high fantasy
Kate clutched fearfully at the helm of her sword, but outwardly retained her calm exterior, with all the poise and grace that generations of ancestral nobility had invested in her. The man was scarce but a twig, swaddled in layer upon layer of furs and tartan kilt with only the bridge of his nose visible, and with her years of training she could have defeated him easily- were it not for the wolf growling at his feet, froth bubbling at the jaw and pounds of raw strength braced to attack in its muscles.
"Where do ye think you're headed, sassenach?" he intoned, gruffly. "This isnae England anymore."
"Do you even know who I am?" she asked indignantly.
"I know who ye are. And ye ain't welcome here, Lady Finchley of Carlisle."
She took a breath, and centred herself using her ancient Buddhist training. "You seem to have me at a disadvantage, Sir."
"Aye, I do at that," he replied, with a touch of amusement, and nodded to the wolf. It relaxed on its haunches, the lump of dried meat the Highlander fed it disappearing in seconds. "Now how about you tell me what you're about, Lady Finchley. Before Saxon here gets hungry."
(I really wanted to make this an AU, but I couldn't write Matthew with bulging muscles. I just couldn't.)
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Short drabbles - The Next TogetherTeen Fiction
***The Next Together is a published Young Adult novel, available to buy now. Each chapter is a shor story set in the same universe, some of which are only a few sentences long. Most are taken from tumblr prompts - follow my tumblr at laurenjames!**...