Howling wind, howling wolves
It’s the third Sunday in October, so it’s time for another Hallowe’en treat from Written Words.
Here are six more sentences from a spooky passage in Part 1 of The Bones of the Earth. The setting: nighttime, three days past the summer solstice and three nights past the full moon. The main character, Javor (pronounced “Yay-vor,” by the way; it means maple) is in his village’s holody, or wooden stockade at the top of a small hill.
Wolves howling brought Javor back to the night. The moon and stars were quickly covered by swirling black clouds. Clouds never move that fast, he thought.
The villagers stopped talking; mothers held their children closer. The wind blew dust around the holody.
Javor stood and looked over the stockade—even the trees in the forest seemed to have come closer.
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