Diamonds Under the Dirt Ch1The Need
Nourishing sunlight boiled the skin on the back of the king's neck, patiently cooking it to an eventual hearty red. He knelt in a barren field at the centre of a worried gathering, his knees digging into the dirt under the pressure of his body weight. Of middling age and brown in colour and disposition, King Alsofir was generally considered an aggressive, if deep-thinking, ruler. He grasped a handful of dirt in one hand, staring it down as though it were a stubborn opponent in a game of chess.
It was a sickly combination of white and grey, hard and dry, and as he picked it apart to nothing, he found the dessicated corpse of a worm. "And you say it has been such throughout the land?" he asked or the gathered farmers.
The nearest, a gangly man with ginger whiskers, grunted affirmation. "Nothing will grow. My cows have begun to starve."
"Aye, and mine as well."
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Dialogue PractisePAIRS [GG?] /DIALOGUE EXERCISE
Tonic, paired to Gin
Pepper, paired to Salt
Fish, paired to Chips
Tonic: Alright, we're finally here. Now let's remind ourselves of what's important here.
Fish: *groans softly* Would that be lunch? Because none of us have eaten in two days.
Pepper: Two and a half days. But who's counting?
Tonic: *exasperated* Are either of you two knuckleheads listening? I'm trying to--
Fish: Of course we're listening, Tonic. It's just hard to think about what we're listenin' to when I can hardly hear you over my stomach.
Tonic: Pepper, would you talk some sense into this guy?
Pepper: No can do, boss. He's not old enough for it to take.
Tonic: *growls* Fine. It's up to me, as usual.
Fish: Just give us some food and you can have your precious order.
Tonic: *unintelligible grumbling, sound of cloth and paper rustling* Here, this is what's left of