The Fifteen Minute Novel 2022: Day 232

The fifteen minute novel writing experiment is an attempt to write a complete (and very rough) draft of a novel by writing for fifteen minutes each day. I have taken a timed writing from one of the daily prompts done in 2021, cleaned it up a little and used it as my jumping off point into a story. Each day I will take the last line of the story written the day before and use it as my sentence starter and write for fifteen minutes, growing the story as the year progresses.

Day 232: She was pleased to see that while there were incantations involved, most of the necessary bits revolved around her focus and intent.

She was pleased to see that while there were incantations involved, most of the necessary bits revolved around her focus and intent.  “As long as I remain focused it shouldn’t be too difficult.”  AS she sipped her tea, Anya went through the incantation taking care to memorize each word.  When she practiced them out loud, she practiced only a single word at a time so that they could not connect to each other in anyway and perhaps crate something she didn’t want to happen.

Anya couldn’t imagine what a magical item moving incantation would move if there was no intent behind it, but she didn’t want to find out.

“Especially since I haven’t used the bathtub yet,” Anya said.

When she moved into the quarters at the end of the season, Anya had been thrilled by the possibility of using the bath.  The fact that it had its own method of heating the water as well as pipes to bring the water in thrilled her.  While bathing was considered a necessary daily activity in Tyrin, she, along with the other girls her age all bathed in a sheltered cabin built on the lake side.  It was only the wealthy who could afford such luxurious private bathing chambers.  Unfortunately, Lord Mathis and his man caused her to flee to the hidden spaces before she had a chance to use it.

‘And I don’t want a stray spell to keep me from using this one,’ she decided. 

When she was certain that she knew the entire spell and could say it without needing to have the book on hand, Anya banked the fire and headed off across the mountain to the room where the orb was kept. She didn’t bring her cloak this time as she wasn’t planning to stay and as she moved, Anya shivered, realizing just how cold the abandoned halls were.

‘At least this should be the only time I have to bank the fire for the day,’ she thought as she moved.  Once the orb was moved, the bulk of her activity would be in her quarters.  There would be occasional forays out, but for the most part she would build up the fire at night and bank it when she went to bed.  Her quarters would remain warm and not have long sections during the day with no heat.

‘And I won’t have to spend half of the day building up and then banking the fire.  During her time in the hidden spaces it felt like the bulk of her activity was spent in either heating her spaces or trying to make certain she did not burn down the mountain from within.

In the room with the orb, Anya felt warmth radiating from the orb even without her touching it.  She smiled.  It had been several days since she last visited and the warmth of the orb now felt like a welcoming friend.

Remembering why she was there, Anya focused her intent and spoke the words needed slowly. The orb, and the pedestal on which it sat lifted into the air.  Anya tried not to sigh with relief. She wasn’t certain if the orb would come on its own or if she would have to carry the stand separately. While it would be fine to move she wasn’t sure how it would work when she set it down. 

With the orb bringing it’s own stand, all Anya had to do was guide it through the halls. It wasn’t a difficult process but it was slow going.  She had a slow and steady pace as she moved through the various corridors and she had to remain focused on the orb or it would slowly start to sink. The last thing Anya wanted was for the orb to end up remaining blocking one of the halls instead of taking up a space in her new quarters.

Anya had to remember to breathe as she moved since she kept finding herself holding her breath.  It was a relief when she finally entered her space.  She found an empty spot in her quarters and let the orb down gently.

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