Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation.
Someone Else’s Shoes, my retelling of Cinderella set in the spellster universe has been out for a week now. You can go read the entire thing, but I’ll still be posting snippets from it for another week.
This snippet continues on from last week, where Alla’s stomach reminds her that’ll be lunch soon but there’s always plenty of leftovers on her step-family’s plates…
Icy water dripped on her bare feet as she took a few shuffling steps.
Her things were kept in the attic. Getting there would see her leaving a trail of water droplets all through the mansion. If her stepmother caught sight of a single one, she would see Alla received a good five lashes, the typical response to anything she perceived as a single slight.
But Alla knew of another way up the mansion, one that her stepmother wasn’t likely to notice her using at this hour. It was the reason she always left the window to the attic open a crack.
She stepped outside to where a great date palm tree grew in the centre of the otherwise paved courtyard. Ferns huddled around the base, their leaves having gone brown in the summer heat. Alla squeezed all the water she could from her skirts. The droplets barely hit the parched earth before vanishing. There was nothing she could do about her hair but tie the curls back with a scarf and let it dry naturally whilst working on her afternoon duties.
Alla will return next weekend with more of Someone Else’s Shoes. In the meantime, check out these other snippets.