Second Crusader Challenge and Sundry Items

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Rach has posted the Second Crusader Challenge:

"Write a flash fiction story (in any format) in 100 words or less, excluding the title. Begin the story with the words, "The goldfish bowl teetered" These four words will be included in the word count. If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional, and not part of the judging criteria), see if you can write the story in your own genre (eg if you're a horror writer, write a horror story; a romance writer, a romance story, etc)."

I can't usually work on more than one project at a time. So, since my brain is currently filled with Out of the Water, my historical romance set in 1492, and I was looking for a way to bring an animal on board (!), I'm going to do the challenge from main character Rosa's point of view. Here, in 99 words, are Rosa and Baha, sharing a stolen moment on board ship...

The goldfish bowl teetered as a sudden heave of the ship tossed her backward. Baha's hand shot out, fingers covering hers as he resettled the bowl on her knees. Her fish didn't seem hurt, placidly swimming from side to side.

Baha twined his fingers in her hair, trailing kisses along her temple. She lifted her chin, seeking his lips with hers, and he tightened his hold on her across the bowl.

Back the ship canted, and water sloshed onto their arms.

He rose to his feet. "I'm sorry, Senorita, to have led you this far. It won't happen again."
Does the above count toward my Round of Words in 80 Days goals? It did involve some editing to bring the word count down... I did actually do a lot of editing yesterday, and am on page 105 of 194. There's no way I'll finish editing before the end of the challenge, however, especially not with all the overtime I'll be doing at work this week. When oh when will the story be ready for betas?

By summertime, I hope...

In other news:

My review of Melissa Bradley's Byzantine Provocateur is up!

Theresa's having an awesome 500 followers contest!

The Paris Review features a free short story by Marilynne Robinson!

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