I’m afraid there’s no sweltering Greek sunshine or salty sea air in this week’s WIPpet offering. Instead, for the 29th May I give you two paragraphs from chapter nine of The Butterfly Storm. In this extract Sophie has come back to England for the first time in four years after learning that her mum has been involved in an accident. Sophie’s arrived at the hospital in Norwich and is trying to find the ward her mum is on.
Gathered next to the lifts is a lady in a wheelchair with a nurse, and parents with a gaggle of kids. I take the stairs instead. I reach the third floor and the receptionist’s directions become meaningless. At least the Paediatric ward is cheerful; the bare walls reserved for the rest of the hospital are splashed with colour from children’s drawings and the curtains framing the ward windows are filled with smiling yellow bears.
I backtrack past nurses in pink uniforms and blue scrubs, bashing through doors. Serious faces rush past me and I nearly collide with a trolley. My nostrils tickle from the sting of antiseptic. My trainers join a chorus of other shoes in a rhythmic squeak down a corridor, shiny and identical to the last one. Grey polished floors and stark white walls are only punctuated with occasional swing doors.
There are now just two weeks until The Butterfly Storm is published and it is officially no longer a work in progress! That makes me think that I’d better actually start writing my new WIP, The House of Stone before I run out of suitable extracts from Time Shifters to post on Wednesdays.
If you’d like a slice of WIPpet love then choose an extract of your WIP that corresponds to the day – for example for the 29th May I could have chosen 29 lines from page two or nine, or even chapter 29 – then head over to author K L Schwengel’s blog and add the link of your post to the linky. Make sure you read the fabulous offerings from the other WIPpeteers whilst you’re there.