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Here’s a WIP from NaNoWriMo 2017, currently titled King Under the Mountain. Set in Casper, Wyoming, in a world where goblins trade in magical goods with humans, traveling from their world to ours through stone circle gates. But if humans aren’t wary in their dealings with goblins, they can find themselves stolen away!
Stephanie and Alix, cousins, are biking home from a party, a bit drunk, and Stephanie vanishes in a ring of toadstools. Alix calls for the King Under the Mountain, and is allowed to try to bring Stephanie back, going through a gate with two guard goblins who then vanish. She has spent an uneventful day wandering the beach, fallen asleep, and woken the next day.
Alix jerked awake, torn from uneasy dreams by a loud, repetitive noise. She sat up, and something large attacked her. A flurry of white and gray dove at her head, and she jumped to her feet and stumbled back.
The whistling cries and flapping motion resolved into an enormous bird, its wingspan nearly as wide as she was tall, or near enough for something so determined to harm her. The bird dove at her again, and she covered her head with her arms, a sharp peck sending up a flare of pain as she retreated, blindly, further from the animal. Stumbling over a fallen piece of driftwood, she narrowly avoided falling, catching herself in an awkward half-crouch.
In a hollow carved into the sand a few feet in front of her, she saw a bird’s nest, with two eggs resting in it.
“Oh,” Alix stared at the nest in surprise until the sea bird swooped on her again, “I’m sorry! I’m sorry!”
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I took inspiration from “The Ballad of Tam Lin,” and Christina Rosetti’s “Goblin Market.” The idea of people being stolen away, and a loved one journeying to get them back (though Tam Lin was stolen by the Queen of the fairies), and the bustling goblin markets with their dangerous fruit from Rosetti’s poem sparked this adventure. Alix and Stephanie are college freshman, 18 and 19 respectively, and cousins sharing a dorm room. They have just left an off-campus party where they did some drinking, and are biking back to the dorms in the evening.