Hump Day Hook. (My First)

Well, this is first Hump Day Hook. Lots of other authors will be sharing passages from their work here and there will be something for every taste. So nip over and have a look and most of all…enjoy.

My ‘hook’ today is taken from my WIP Defying Leviticus and this is a piece from early in the story. William has discovered that his new employer will be the man he’s fallen for, the only son of his recently dead master, Thomas Wharton.
William is unsure of his future at Linhill and is worried that he may be sent packing. He has gone to the comparative solitude of the solar to ponder his probable fate.

It was in this attitude, curled up on the window seat, that George Illingworth, the Wharton’s steward found him. A kindly man, Master Illingworth had done much and more to help ease William into his new life when he had first arrived at Linhill. Even showing sympathy for his initial homesickness and not the scorn he would have expected.
George Illingworth was short of stature but this lack of height was more than compensated for with his stocky muscular build. A shock of pure white hair belied his thirty eight years and his bushy eyebrows, which were several shades darker straggled untidily over eyes which were as black as sloes.

William was so sunk in his own thoughts that he did not realise that anyone had entered the solar until the steward was standing beside him.
Sitting down next to William, he rested his hand on his shoulder, ‘I’ve been searching the whole house for you lad’, he said now, looking into William’s unhappy face with sympathy, ‘I did not think to find you here, thought you may have bolted to the stables. That’s where you usually go when troubled isn’t it?’


21 thoughts on “Hump Day Hook. (My First)

  1. Ciaran Dwynvil

    I like George. It’s good for Will to have somebody who understands and is trying to help. A wonderful excerpt, Jessie. When you finish your book, I’ll be sure to buy it.

  2. Gem

    Lovely description evocative of the period. Both Will and George are well-drawn and this scene certainly makes me want to know more.

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