The Elder Throne has gone through quite a few drafts, so Chapter Five, Line Five has changed significantly during the writing process (and will probably change again before I declare my book finally complete). In its current state, it is a short description from Anna’s tour of the Seelie Court, which she is shown by the Changeling, Priya Dhawan.
In the extended scene, Anna gets an eye-opening look at the kingdom she has fallen into, including meeting some of its residents – both pleasant and decidedly unpleasant. She also catches a glimpse of the entrance to the Unseen Road – a pathway that many faeries travel upon, but from which not all return.
The Seelie Court stretched for miles, surrounded by dense forest in every direction. At the very edge of the forest, a line of warriors in blue stood, swords by their side. Faeries clustered in the middle of the line, at a gap in the trees that rippled in the sunlight like a bubble trapped underwater. Some of the faeries held banners, strongly reminding Anna of families waiting at airport gates. A blue Pixie with rattling spines on her shoulders gestured wildly at a blonde soldier, who was shaking his head apologetically.
And now, the five authors I’d like to invite to share their lines: