It’s that time of the week again – WIPpet Wednesday! So, for the 6th March I’m sharing the last six paragraphs from chapter six of my children’s novel, Time Shifters. I’ll set the scene: Maisie and Lizzie have been time shifted to April 1471, they’ve left the relative safety of Warwick Castle and are following the Earl of Warwick’s army towards the Battle of Barnet in the belief that Maisie’s best friend, Danny, has been caught up with the soldiers. The army is well ahead of them and they’re walking through a wood on their own when they hear voices and a creak of wheels behind them…
I dragged Lizzie into the undergrowth at the side of the road and we huddled behind a tree. A skinny horse appeared round the bend in the path pulling a covered wagon. The horse’s mane was matted with dirt and its grey coat stained with mud. A man as dirty and skinny as the horse held the reins at the front of the wagon. A girl younger than us sat next to him. The man talked to someone inside the wagon and a woman’s voice answered him. “We have to stop, I need a piss!”
“We’ll never get there,” the man said, scowling as he reigned in the horse. It didn’t take much persuading for the poor horse to stop. It dropped its head and searched the ground for grass. A woman in a brown dress eased herself down from the back of the wagon.
“If we’re late we’ll miss a days pay,” the man muttered. The girl next to him nodded. The woman disappeared behind the wagon.
“Are they, like, gypsies?” Lizzie whispered.
I shrugged. They looked like they had a hard life whoever they were. I wondered where they were heading and what they were going to be late for.
“Let’s ask them where the nearest town is,” Lizzie said, and before I could stop her she’d stepped out from the cover of the tree.
Got a WIP to share? Link an extract of your WIP to the date – so today you could post six words, lines or paragraphs from page six or chapter six – and then make sure you add your post to the linkie over on the talented K. L. Schwengel’s blog. This week’s lovely WIPpeteers so far include: