Hey, everyone. This is short and sweet, but it’s been a while since I’ve done a WIP Wednesday post.
I’m delighted to report I’ve almost completed the first draft of Cold Dark Night. Hey, it’s only around ten months later than I originally planned. I’ll not get into the whats and whys but suffice to say 2020 was not my best writing year. Anyway, I digress.
Yesterday, I wrote a scene that took place during a lunar eclipse. Here’s an (unedited) snippet.
He looked toward the western sky. The earth had begun passing between the moon and the sun, casting a shadow on the lunar surface. Before long, it would appear blood red, the brightness completely obliterated.
The darkest hour is just before dawn.
How many times had he heard his grandmother say those words? It was years before he knew where the quote originated or that it was metaphorical, not literal.
A twinge of excitement ran through him as the moon began turning a coppery hue. Astronomers called this the Super Blue Blood Moon—a rare trifecta of the second full moon of the month, its close proximity to earth, and a total eclipse.
An eerie stillness surrounded him. His pulse quickened – not from fear, but in anticipation of what was soon to come. Part of him wanted to go ahead with his plans. Too bad he hadn’t thought of it before now. A killing taking place during the blood moon would have been perfect.
But no, he had to bide his time. Wait for the natural course of events. He’d waited thirty-eight years for this. Another couple of weeks wouldn’t matter.
Intrigued? Look for more about Cold Dark Night and its short-story prequel, House of Sorrow, in the next few weeks.
Curious to know more about full moons, their names, and some legends behind them? Check back Monday for the second in my monthly series. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this video.