Welcome back for another week of great scenes by fantastic writers based on the word prompt long.
This is from my new regency WIP, The Lost Earl. It’s the sequel to Spy Catcher releasing later this month from Secret Cravings Publishing. I don’t know, as of yet, if this scene will make it into the final version of the book, only time will tell.
Toby knew it was only to instill fear in the youngsters which usually worked but not now and not with him. He let his eyes drift to the man’s hand which held a small piece of foolscap, which he thought was almost antidotal since the friar was a fool.
“The proctor has found a place for you, one which he’s been holding for the right person to fill.”
Toby took the piece of paper and read the direction to where he was going, 20 Newcastle Street. Easily he ran through the different locales until his mind set on the fastest way to the building. He then remember many times, as being one of the brightest, traveling to the street to deliver psalms or other liturgical missives to be printed. This address was that of The Gazette, one of the most popular broadsheets with the wealthy but owned by a hard master.
He wondered if his life hadn’t gone from bad to worse than knew it hadn’t. Anything would be better than being under the switch of his current master. At least now if need be he could escape into the slums where no one could or would find him.
“Well, what are you waiting for? Off with you, you ungrateful whelp.”
“With pleasure if it means I don’t have to look at your pockmarked mug anymore,” Toby spoke, barely ducking in time to prevent the long willow switch from striking him across the face.
Standing outside the door of The Gazette he glanced up and down the street, smile then stepped inside.
“Ah Toby, what brings you here today, and with a sack over your shoulder,” Mr. Hobbs the broadsheet’s owner queried.
“Afternoon sir. I have this letter for you from the abbot. It will inform you that I’m to request an apprenticeship with you,” he replied, passing the missive over.
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