Monday, 1 October 2012

October Memoir and Backstory Blog Challenge Day 1

Today is the first day in the October Memoir and Backstory Blog Challenge. Basically you post memories from your past through all of October in any medium you so desire. There is also an option to write the backstory for characters in your writing. This is the option that I have chosen to help flesh out my main character.

Saoirse First Year

When Saoirse was born with her eyes closed, no one knew what she was. As soon as she opened them in the privacy of her own nursery, her mother and father knew that everything would change. They called in her uncle, the king. When he saw her eyes, he hesitated.

"Does anyone else know?" he asked.

Brighde, Saoirse's mother, shook her head.

They all looked down at the baby girl. Her large eyes were wide as she gazed up at them all with silver irises.

"This must be kept a secret," King Artair said. "No one must know of this. For now she will remain in a private nursery and isolated from the other children until she can master her eyes."

Brighde and Sealbhach, the father, both looked at each other. They knew that their daughter's silver eyes meant she was a silvern, a psychic. It is law that all silverns work for the king and live within his palace. The silverns were feared due to their power and so were either mocked or ignored by everyone else. Having one in the family was considered a curse. That Artair wanted to keep Saoirse's powers a secret was not a blessing to her parents, he simply had a reputation to maintain.

Saoirse remained silent through all of this. If she focused on one adult she could faintly hear their thoughts. When she blinked her eyes changed colour before returning back to their natural silver hue.

Her mother looked down at her and smiled gently. Her daughter would have a difficult life ahead of her.

Quote of the day: It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions. - Jim Rohn