Each Sunday, Weekend Writing Warriors offers a selection of eight-sentence excerpts from writers in multiple genres and forms. Check out the full roster here.
Who was Phila? I don’t know, but he comes back to me in savors, like an old ghost, in the fumes of brandy, the smell of dumplings frying, the curious scent of boat-rig (that open-air smell, the tarps, the hot-metal smell of fittings under the sun).
Is anything real? There are creatures of folklore who aren’t there when they look in the mirror.
Where am I going now? There will be a future, I’m sure; Phila’s sister is making sure of it. She’s standing there in her livery, that coverall that looks like a uniform though it bears no insignia. She’s in service to a Cause, and so will I be.
Speaker is Yasmin-3, Full Clone of the Great Shipwright (Naime). She’s the minor villain of the Ship’s Heart trilogy. Thanks to my writing comrade Lev Mirov, she’s getting her own novel. “Minor villain wreaks havoc on major villain when she discovers she’s been played; finds redemption through love of sex and fried dumplings.”