Write On Wednesdays Exercise 23 - Write the words of Margaret Atwood at the top of your page "We are learning to make fire". Set your timer to 5 minutes. Write the first words that come into your head after the prompt. Stop when the buzzer rings.
I had no intention of participating in this week's WoW. I have to be completely honest and admit I haven't read any of last week's submissions yet because I've been completely self-involved. I do have plans to read and comment on them though - I just have a lot of catching up to do. So, I wasn't going to write this week because I feel like I don't deserve to submit something else until I've at least commented on last week's submissions by others. Feel free to skip reading and commenting on this one from me - I'm mostly writing because I'm supposed to be reading right now, and I'm supposed to be writing for NaNoWriMo but I've been playing Sims Social on Facebook instead and have run out of energy there. Yes, I'm using WoW to procrastinate - I am pure evil!
Okay, so here goes...
"We are learning to make fire"
'We're doing what now?' Thomas' face was a Picasso of puzzlement.
'Obviously, I don't mean literally. What I mean is we're breaking new ground and learning new skills which will help us survive.'
'Survive...' Thomas turned the world over in his head. Survival wasn't how he'd imagined describing the relationship with his life partner. Then again, he hadn't imagined spending the rest of his life with someone who wasn't even human.
'Steady on, it's not that serious.' Svava put a cool, soft hand on his. He swore her hands had healing properties. Her touch always soothed and calmed, was that a Hidden thing? 'This baby will part of both of us. She won't be the first in all of history, but she will be the first in Australia. The first in the history of Australian born Hidden.'
'Do you know we're having a girl?' Was that something Hidden knew, too?
'I don't know for sure, just call it intuition.' Svava smiled and rolled her eyes playfully.
'Okay, so this fire, will we be able to control it or should we call the SES?'
'Let's play it by ear, and take it one spark at a time, okay?'
Thomas took a deep breath, he'd never considered himself to be any kind of pioneer, he knew nothing about starting fires. Excitement and trepidation coursed through his veins trying to outrun each other. They were going to have a baby, the human and the Hidden. They were breaking ground - and breaking laws. His stomach surged.