4.18.2015

#AtoZChallenge - Prodding Mat

Well that was a unanimous vote!
What did you all think about voting with the google form? I'm going to try it for a couple more days at least, but if y'all love/hate it let me know.

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Amy enjoyed her soup and bread and reveled in being, however peripherally, involved in the productive chaos of the kitchen. She watched in awe while Mat efficiently peeled potatoes, the maid brought in so many baskets of vegetables, and loaf after loaf of bread was lined up to cool. At one point Mat caught her watching him and flashed a toothy smile. Once he got the potatoes into a massive pot, things seemed to come to a lull, so Amy called out, "Mat, can I ask you something?"

Always working, Mat brought over several birds that needed plucking and sat next to Amy by the hearth. "What is it, love?"

"Well, I've noticed... There's a very strange man in the Palace. He wears all white, with even white cloth wrapped around his head. I feel as though he is following me and odd things happen when he's near. Do you know who he is?"

A funny look crossed Mat's face, something between confusion and amusement, "Surely you've heard of old Blanco?" Amy shook her head and looked down at her hands as Mat continued, "Well, at least that's what the servants call him. I don't know his real name.

"Of course you remember when Prince Leo went away two years ago. You were here with Irena all that time. When the Prince returned from his travels he brought Blanco with him. He was immediately installed as one of the Prince's chief advisors, even though no one knows who he is or where he came from. Many distrusted him from the start. He is consulted on all matters, sometimes even what food we are to prepare here." Mat gestured around the kitchen with a feather-covered hand, sending a couple downy fluffs floating up on heated air from the fire.

"He is an odd man. He only eats meat on Tuesdays, and it must be the whitest white meat from the breast of a chicken. There are servants who say that he has not left the Palace grounds since he arrived, and some of the chamber maids say they feel odd when he comes near. Though they may be suffering from fear more than anything else." He chuckled, "I think he's harmless. Odd, but harmless." With that he lifted his well-plucked chickens and the basket of feathers at his feet, and took them to other parts of the kitchen.

Amy was left with more questions. I was here two years ago to mind Irena? But what does this "Blanco" want with me? 


Quick! What should she do now?
Query Mat further?
Irena! She should Quietly leave to go find the girl, who must be awake by now.

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9 comments:

  1. I've used that Google form. I think its great and will use it again.

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  2. My ponderings:
    Drinking the Freesia tea plus having Cal's handkerchief on her person is what brought her here, right? Does she still have the handkerchief? Will Cal visit again?
    Is she still in spirit-like form, or is she solid? Since we know she can touch and interact with the people, are THEY in spirit form?
    She seems to have gone back in time or something. Previous life, hence people she doesn't know recognizing her? Has she jumped into someone else's body without realizing it? Is this a different dimension, and she has now swapped places with her otherworldly self?
    Does the Man in White have something to do with the spirit world or genie world, since Cal only warned her about him after she'd opened the bottle and seen her dead dad? Maybe the Man in White wants Cal's magic handkerchief?

    LOL you do NOT have to have the answers to any of these questions, you do NOT have to tell me the answers, and you do NOT have to incorporate any of these thought into YOUR story. These are just things that occurred to me, and I thought I might throw them at you in case you were lacking for ideas. :) Great story, I'm enjoying it SO MUCH! :D

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    1. Well. One of those questions is answered today ;) And we've planned on answering a couple more of those before the close of the story (only 10 days left! eek!) but I am not going to tell you which!
      Glad you're enjoying it!

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    2. Well. One of those questions is answered today ;) And we've planned on answering a couple more of those before the close of the story (only 10 days left! eek!) but I am not going to tell you which!
      Glad you're enjoying it!

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  3. Obviously Matt had said enough, so better find Irena.

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  4. I'm playing catch up so this was the first time I got to use the Google form. It worked fine for me.

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  5. I say it's time to move on and find out more about Blanco (loved this) from someone else.

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