Writers Quote Wednesday – Mystery

20 Apr

Vashti Q-The Writer Next Door

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”

~Albert Einstein

What is Mystery?

Any affair, thing, or person that presents features or qualities so obscure as to arouse curiosity or speculation.

I’ve decided to put myself out there and post a section of my work-in-progress, Dracúl. This is my first draft. Dracúl follows The Fall of Lilith and is the second installment of my Fantasy Angels Series. I thought this section had a lot of mystery, so it went well with this week’s theme.

Vashti Q-Dracúl-The Fall of Lilith-Fantasy-novel-fantasy-angels-series



I awoke to darkness and the smell of musty earth and mold. I gasped, feeling disoriented to the time and place. The air was humid and stinging cold. Trembling I shifted on the moist ground my eyes flitted in every direction searching for a source of luminosity. Filaments of moonlight scarcely passed the towering trees that surrounded me.

I raised my shadowy vision to the skies but did not gaze upon a single star. Instead, I saw a mass of dark, branches looming above me. The cold breeze blew and made the trees rustle like living things. Bare branches seemed to come at me like clutching clawed hands. An eerie howling and whistling made by the wind moving around them gave me a jolt.

My pulse began to thump loudly in my ears drowning all sounds except that of my fitful panting.

“Where am I?” My voice sounded small, brittle and unfamiliar. I was but a child. A boy.

Unsure what to do, I lifted my upper body off the wet earth and squinted into the dimness of the forest.

My mind was clouded. “Who am I? Why am I alone in this darkness?” I squeezed my eyes shut and then sprung them open again. My vision began to clear, but my mind was still a fog.

I passed my hands over my face and head. I inhaled sharply as my hands ran across two pointy projections extending from my skull. Shaking, I passed my hands over the rest of my body and noticed the skin below my waist was different from the skin on my torso, arms and face. My lower body was covered in dry, smooth scales cold to the touch.

Images of a tall creature with long extremities filled my mind. Where are my lower limbs? As my vision adjusted to my surroundings I saw that I had no legs. Instead, I had a scaly tail––like a serpent. There was a heaviness tugging on my backbone. I shook to remove the hindrance, but instead a huge pair of black, spiky wings distended from my back. My body tensed. “What sort of creature am I?”

Once more I closed my eyes. When I reopened them I saw colors––grayish green moss covered rocks and russet trees, a sea of gold and copper covered the ground as crisp leaves float down from trees and curl into the moist earth. I gazed at my arms and hands. My skin was red––as red as blood and my hands were clawed.

“Was I abandoned here?”

I wished to escape, but my reptilian lower body would not move. A gust blew chilling the air and blowing the trees. I feared getting ensnared by the trees’ clutches if I took flight. Hostile screeches from unknown creatures pierced the air. I whisked my head to and fro searching for the origins of the sounds futilely. Terror seemed to thwart logic and rational thinking.

Colleen Chesebro is a writer, poet, and book reviewer. She hosts an inspiring event every Wednesday on her blog, Silver Threading, called Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer and combining it with a poem, story or excerpt and posting it on your blog.

39 Responses to “Writers Quote Wednesday – Mystery”

  1. jaye22 April 20, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    Hi Vashti
    Great choice of words, left me wanting more X X X

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Silver Threading April 20, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

    Oh, Vashti! This introduction sounds fabulous! I want to know what the boy is and hear more about him. I loved this! WOW! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  3. nagrij April 20, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

    Well, I’m intrigued.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Prakash Hegade April 20, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

    There sure is mystery. Nice quote.

    The reptile boy read was curious. Well began! 🙂 Looks exciting..

    Liked by 1 person

  5. olganm April 20, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

    Wow! Mystery, horror, fantasy… Everything, Vashti!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 20, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

      Wonderful! Your comment just puts a fire under me and gives me the push I need to finish. Thank you so much! 😀 xx


  6. coldhandboyack April 20, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

    Pretty cool start here. I vote for more.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 20, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

      Aw. Thank you! These great comments are very encouraging and makes me want to write, write, write until I finish. 😀 xx

      Liked by 1 person

  7. 10000hoursleft April 20, 2016 at 6:58 pm #

    Wow Vashti- what a rich scene. I am intrigued! 😊

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  8. Annette Rochelle Aben April 20, 2016 at 7:34 pm #

    Awesome! A tempting treat to be sure. Looking forward to the rest. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 20, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

      That’s great, Annette! I’m hoping to publish The Fall of Lilith sometime in the next couple of months and then Dracúl not too long after that. Let’s see what happens.😘🙏🏼

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  9. srvr4life April 21, 2016 at 2:33 am #

    Can’t wait for Lilith to be released. Tbh, I thought the next installment would be about Lucifer(hence the angel theme). I wonder how Dracúl will be tied with this series… Hmmm

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 21, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

      Thank you! Believe me, you will figure out very quickly how Dracúl is tied to the series and if you read The Fall of Lilith first you’ll already know. Lucifer, Gadreel, Dagon . . . they will all have their turn. 😉


  10. davidprosser April 21, 2016 at 2:53 am #

    An excellent start to a mystery. Not only does the reader not yet know who the character is, but the character has yet to discover it too.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 21, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

      Thank you David! The book is actually a fantasy but it does have elements of horror and mystery. I appreciate the encouragement, it means a lot. 🙂 ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Sunni Morris April 23, 2016 at 11:24 pm #

    Fascinating! Where’s part two?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 24, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

      This is the 1st draft of the beginning section of the first chapter of my novel Dracúl. Phew! That was a mouth full. I’m about half way done with the first draft and I wanted to share this excerpt. The feedback is good and that’s very encouraging––puts a fire under me to finish. 😉 xx


  12. doreen@foxdenrd April 24, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

    I’ve missed you and your descriptive, eloquent writing, Vashti! This excerpt has it all..mystery, suspense and fantasy, and it all comes together in your signature style.



    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 24, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

      I’ve missed you too but I’m happy you’ve been having a great time touring the country. I love your posts. I’m so glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you very much! ❤ xx


  13. dgkaye April 24, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

    Lovely mix of intrigue here Vashti. Great imagination grabber! 🙂


  14. Marje @ Kyrosmagica April 25, 2016 at 3:52 am #

    Great quote and intriguing first chapter. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) April 26, 2016 at 6:20 am #

    Love that quote at the beginning!! A bit of mystery keeps things interesting. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 26, 2016 at 10:10 am #

      That is a great quote. What did you think of the excerpt? It was my pleasure sharing. Thank you for hosting ‘Read With Me’ every week.


  16. JESS44903 April 27, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

    You do such great work!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    Liked by 1 person

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