I fell off the face of the earth yesterday. Actually, I did something highly unusual for me: I laid on the couch and didn’t move. It all started Monday evening when my stomach thought it might be feeling a bit wonky. I tried to convince it otherwise. I’m guessing I ate something that would have preferred not to have been eaten. In any case, it kept me up the entire night, making its re-aquaintance with the world about 3:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. I felt remarkably better after that. Where ‘remarkably’ means I could actually sleep. At least for the hour and a half before my alarm went off. At which point I stubbornly dragged my exhausted carcass out of bed, fully intending on heading in to the day job.

As it turned out, that wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had. I made it downstairs before becoming aware of how bad an idea it actually was, phoned in my absence, and went back to bed.

I’m not the best at being sick. I tend to feel I should still be doing something. Anything. Laying around and I don’t really have a long-term relationship. Sure, I give in to it. I relax…usually with a good book, or watching a movie, but spending the entire day napping on the couch and not even venturing near my office, is out of my comfort zone. I must have needed it, though.

So, here I am, bright and early Wednesday, giving a skeptical look at anything food related, (Also against my nature. I LOVE food.) pounding out a WIPpet post, before I head off to work.

Today you get a simple six paragraphs, immediately following last week’s installment, but we’ve now switched to Jannis’s POV.

Janni should have let Tork eat him. She still could. The young dragon hadn’t had his evening meal yet and though the pompous, illiterate son of a drunken noble wouldn’t be more than a mouthful, Janni would at least be rid of him.

“Probably just give him indigestion,” she muttered.

“What’s that, Janni?” Fiona, Dracon Hold’s head cook, glanced up from her dinner preparations. “Who has indigestion? I’ve got a remedy for that, you know.”

“No one. Yet.”

Fiona’s round, soft face scrunched as she surveyed Janni. “You have that look.”

“Which look?”

As always, you can find all that preceded this by going here.

I should have a ROW80 update as well but, sadly, there is nothing to report on that front.

As for my basking of last week…still laying on my rock in the sun…waiting…


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39 responses

  1. Hope you feel better soon – it’s so lousy being ill! I’m currently ill myself, and I am much like you, as in not knowing what to do with myself or that I should be doing anything else. Not good.

    August 6, 2014 at 5:33 am

    • Thanks. 🙂 I’m feeling much better today. So far. Hope you get over yours quickly as well!

      August 6, 2014 at 8:13 am

  2. Get well soon Kathi. Stomach problems are a nightmare. I’m currently nursing a virus (can’t really call it a cold!) so I sort of know how you feel. But last year I did have a nasty stomach bug and I lost 3 pounds in a week which is unheard of for me! Not nice.

    Anyway, on to things that are… lovely excerpt again. I do like the character of Janni (or Jannis?) and it’s interesting to see things from her POV. And contemplating indigestion – great!

    August 6, 2014 at 8:02 am

    • Two things I hate worse than anything: stomach problems, and sore throats. Thankfully I only had one to contend with. Hope your virus makes a quick exit.

      You know, I didn’t realize until just now how appropriate this excerpt was for this week. 😀

      August 6, 2014 at 8:14 am

      • Yes, I must admit it did seem pretty relevant lol. I think if I was forced to choose I’d have a sore throat rather than a stomach bug. Neither are nice but… Nuff said!!

        I’m sure I’ll be back to normal soon. 🙂

        August 6, 2014 at 8:19 am

      • I’m so sorry you had the stomach yuckies…having just gotten past the Bad Grape Plague of 2014 (yes, it’s a Thing!), I have all the empathy for you.

        Not to get all gross, but I was so sick, so often, over that weekend that my throat was raw. The worst of both worlds…and I am so glad it’s over!!!

        Those last two lines, about ‘the look’ – the whole thing was sassy and cute, but those made the excerpt, for me!

        Janni is my kinda girl!

        August 7, 2014 at 11:54 am

      • At least you know what yours was caused by. I’m still wondering. And suspicious. And yours sounds way worse than mine, so I’m glad I avoided the Bad Grape Plague–and that you’re on the upswing. 🙂

        August 8, 2014 at 5:59 am

      • Well, I do know I ate a bad grape I haven’t actually got confirmation, but I can’t think of anything else that might do that to me.

        It was pretty ugly. I am so happy to be on the other side of it.And glad that you are, too…

        August 8, 2014 at 9:40 pm

  3. Hope you feel better. I hope you didn’t have food poisoning.
    I’m glad you introduced Janni’s POV. So it’s Janni and not Jannis?

    August 6, 2014 at 8:39 am

    • Her given name is Jannis but to anyone who knows her it’s ‘Janni’. To Dachus it’s ‘Master Jannis’ — he has no other point of reference to go with.

      I’m feeling almost back to normal, thank you. Still giving food a skeptical look. Not knowing what caused the issue makes me distrustful.

      August 7, 2014 at 6:38 am

  4. Amy

    Yep, I hear you about being sick. I am a HORRIBLE patient, mostly because I insist I’m not really sick. Also, the day my kids let me just lie around is the day pigs will fly.

    That last line—“Which look?” Hahaha! She must have several if she has to ask which one!

    August 6, 2014 at 8:57 am

    • That’s it exactly, Amy — I refuse to admit I’m sick. I spend time trying to convince myself I’m not, and snarling at anyone who offers help because, after all, I don’t need it. It’s hereditary, I’m afraid.

      And yes, Janni has many expressions. Hee, hee.

      August 7, 2014 at 6:39 am

  5. I really like this! You write with a good dose of humor and I love that. The characters feel real to me, which is a rare trait. I always enjoy your excepts.

    August 6, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    • Aww, thanks much. 🙂 I like to interject humor. Even when I’m writing dark. Well, that usually ends up being gallow’s humor, but there’s always one character that has to add it.

      August 7, 2014 at 6:40 am

  6. LOL – great excerpt choice when you’ve been struggling with stomach flu (or so it sounds like). I love the interactions between your characters – you’re so good at giving a snapshot of their personalities from just a few lines of text. Brava!

    And feel better soon! I’m glad you took a day off. Sometimes though the spirit is willing the flesh is weak.

    August 6, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    • Thanks, Xina. I’m glad their personalities come through.

      My spirit and flesh have arguments anytime I’m feeling unwell. Which thankfully doesn’t happen all that often.

      August 7, 2014 at 6:41 am

  7. Food generated illness is b-a-d. Glad you’re on the mend.
    I so love the sound of, “…illiterate son of a drunken noble…” Fantabulous!

    August 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    • I like to try and come up with inventive curses or insults that reflect the world I’ve built. It’s not always easy. But nothing throws me out of a fantasy quicker than a clichéd slang that’s obviously modern.

      August 7, 2014 at 6:43 am

      • I agree. Everything must be in the proper historical time frame and you have a knack for these. 🙂

        August 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

  8. Ergh, stomach bugs are the worst. I’m the same as you when I’m sick, I feel guilty if I’m not still trying to do something.

    Great to see Janni’s POV. Sounds like that Look is a regular thing, *lol*

    August 6, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    • Janni and I share a lot of the same qualities. I’ve been told I excel at ‘non-verbal communication’. 😀

      August 7, 2014 at 6:43 am

  9. “Janni should have let Tork eat him. She still could.” LOL Loved this!

    Hope you’re feeling better!

    August 6, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    • Thanks, Fallon. Feeling almost human again.

      August 7, 2014 at 6:44 am

  10. Yuck, get better soon. And, as always, I love the snark. indigestion – haha

    August 6, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    • Snark is so fun to write.

      August 7, 2014 at 6:44 am

  11. I’m terrible at being sick. I don’t like being taken care of, and I have a difficult time giving in to it — thus making everything so much worse!!

    Get better soon!

    August 7, 2014 at 7:18 am

    • I’m so glad I’m not the only one!

      August 7, 2014 at 9:45 am

  12. Being sick SUCKS!!! I’m glad you’re feeling a bit better.

    I like Janni. She’s mine. I claim her. =P (even though I know she won’t like that)

    August 7, 2014 at 9:42 am

    • She would be flattered. Just don’t use the phrase “claim her” . That would definitely rub her the wrong way.

      August 7, 2014 at 9:49 am

      • I’ll use it. Just not in front of her!! =P

        August 7, 2014 at 9:49 am

      • Ahhh…likes to live dangerously, I see.

        August 7, 2014 at 9:53 am

      • Ummm I think a life with Janni is going to be dangerous no matter what. Just saying

        August 7, 2014 at 9:53 am

      • Nah…well..maybe.

        August 7, 2014 at 9:55 am

  13. Glad to hear you’re feeling better. Stomach problems are No Fun.

    Great excerpt again. This looks to be a fun project!

    August 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    • Thanks, Ruth. I hate stomach issues. Mainly because I love food, and now everything is suspect.

      This is NOT a project. I repeat, NOT a project. It’s just…playing. Yeah.

      August 8, 2014 at 5:57 am

  14. Glad you’re feeling better!

    I think I like Jannis. This is such a small snippet, it’s hard to say at this point, but I like that she’s only half-joking to herself. I like the cook, too. I don’t envy her her duties, feeding dragons, but I like her quick perception of Jannis’ feelings and quicker offer to help as soon as she thinks there’s a problem she can solve.

    August 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    • Thanks, ReGi. She may only be a quarter joking if he keeps pushing. 😉

      August 11, 2014 at 6:30 am

  15. You had me at dragon! 😀 Instantly, I am interested. Love the contemplation of feeding a man to a dragon and yet, even if it might be joking, she shows concern that it might cause the dragon discomfort. Love it. 😀

    August 10, 2014 at 11:39 am

    • Thanks, Jenna. 😀

      August 11, 2014 at 6:28 am

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