Sunday, January 22, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: Mandrake and Magpies

A simple concept: writers offer six sentences to pique your interest. Here's mine:

The rain began: that horizontal rain that filled all your pockets and wormed its way down your neck. Riley argued that it wasn't a sign either. It wasn't Galway unless the rain was whipping down—even when the sun came out. As he crossed over the little rivulet that passed under the road, a single magpie laughed at him from its perch on a reed and he remembered it was one for sorrow, two for joy, and looked in vain for a second. "Shoo," he muttered, waving an ineffectual hand. The pie flicked its tail feathers, hopped to the other bank and continued to make remarks about the weather—or his fate. 

You can buy "Mandrake and Magpies" in the anthology Dark Pages: International Noir along with a bunch of my fine colleagues at Trestle Press. Drop by the 6 Sentence Sunday blog to sample other writers.


MichelV69 said...

I love the description of the rain... so evocative.

K. A. Laity said...

Merci, Michel! It's an accurate description of the rain here. And the charmless walk Riley takes is one I know well as it's the dismal path to the GardaĆ­ immigration office where I had to go three times to finally get my visa stamp to stay here in Ireland. Liosbaun Industrial Estate: ugly place -- seemed perfect for the story :-)

Anonymous said...

Great description of the rain and the characterization of the POV character and his belief in signs

K. A. Laity said...

Thank you, that's very kind. I liked setting up all the signs he just kept ignoring :-)