Saturday, July 23, 2016

Arthur has an unplanned family reunion in Ch 13/sc 2b of RAGING SEA by @KimHeadlee #amwriting

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The legendary relationship between King Arthur and his sister Morgan le Fay was anything but sunshine and light, regardless of whether or not an individual author chooses to make them half siblings. 

My original reasons for giving Arthur and Morghe the same father are buried under decades of life events. More than likely, I was aiming for a more unique family dynamic, since I gave Arthur two older half sisters too.

This is a "Pendragon" family structure that no other author of Arthurian fiction has described, to my knowledge.

Arthur muses about his mother and all his sisters or their husbands in today's excerpt from Raging Sea.

Previous excerpts of Raging Sea 
Chapters 1–6 in Raging Sea: Reckonings
 Chapter 7: Sc 1 | Sc 2 | Sc 3 | Sc 4 | Sc 5a | Sc 5b |
Chapter 8: Sc 1a | Sc 1b | Sc 2 | Sc 3a | Sc 3b |
Chapter 9: Sc 1a | Sc 1b | Sc 1c | Sc 1d | Sc 1e |
Chapter 10: Sc 1a | Sc 1b | Sc 2a | Sc 2b | Sc 3a | Sc 3b | Sc 3c |
Chapter 11: Sc 1aSc 1b | Sc 1c | Sc 2 | Sc 3a | Sc 3b |
Chapter 12: Sc 1a | Sc 1b | Sc 1c | Sc 2 | Sc 3 | Sc 4a | Sc 4b | Sc 5a | Sc 5b |
Chapter 13: Sc 1a | Sc 1b | Sc 2a |

Raging Sea Chapter 13, Scene 2b
©2016 by Kim Headlee
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“Did your mother give any clues as to what’s going on?” Bedwyr asked.

“No.” And he and Ygraine had discussed the possibilities in great detail while he and First Ala escorted her entourage here from Caerlaverock. If today’s problem had originated with Clan Cwrnwyll, they’d have been meeting at legion headquarters in Caer Lugubalion.

The Caerglas locale also ruled out Loth—whom Arthur did not expect to see this day, since his hands were full with the Angli raids—and Melwas of Caer Gwenion, with whom Arthur wasn’t on the best of terms since Melwas’s youngest son had failed the legion’s initiation test a few months ago. Although Arthur had tried to minimize the shame by extending an invitation for the lad to try again in a year, within a fortnight Arthur received a scathing letter from Melwas complaining about the “insult.” Arthur had let Marcus handle the response; he owned neither the time nor patience for smoothing feathers ruffled by petty grievances.

The sobering fact remained that Melwas’s territory could get overrun by an aggressive Angli expansion too, something Arthur wouldn’t let happen no matter who was wearing that clan’s mantle of chieftainship.

They reached the praetorium’s double doors, and Angusel and Gawain stepped ahead to open them for Arthur, Bedwyr, and Cato. Arthur pointed a nod of thanks at each as he entered the building.

There could be an issue with his brother-by-marriage, Alain, and his wife, Arthur’s older half sister, Yglais. Alain stood to assume the chieftainship of Clan Cwrnwyll after Ygraine and in the meantime governed Caer Alclyd, a modest but strategically placed fortress, along with its shipping business and lands near Caerglas.

Arthur paused while Angusel and Gawain shoved open the audience hall’s doors. A problem with Alain didn’t make sense for two reasons: he didn’t have a voting seat on the council and therefore was not empowered to call an emergency session, and Yglais was quite diligent about informing Arthur of important events at Caer Alclyd.

That left…


Every head in the hall turned toward Arthur at his outburst.

His youngest sister was elegantly attired in her husband’s Clan Moray black with gold trim, which lent stark contrast to the white bandage binding her shoulder and pinning her arm to her chest.


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