I haven't done many blogfests recently, but since this one doesn't require anything new, it's quite an easy one to get involved with. Here's the start of my WIP.
Brian Northington was in the local library. Given that he was a sixteen-year-old boy, that is a fact that might take some explaining. After all, it was an age at which the young men of Nether Wrexford generally engaged in the more traditional pursuits of hanging around on street corners, trying to acquire alcohol to which they were not entitled, and utterly failing to attract the attentions of the sixth formers from St Mary’s School for Girls down the road.
They did not spend their time in libraries. Or if they did, they at least pretended that they had gotten lost on their way to a party somewhere. Brian, however, clearly hadn’t heard about this, because he was currently ambling his way through the place’s shelves, his jeans and hooded top attracting some muted glares of mistrust until the library staff recognised his dark tangle of hair and slightly gangly good looks as familiar.
He had become a regular in the Nether Wrexford library for two reasons. The first was that it got him out of a house where shouting at him seemed to be the preferred method of communication, and where his elder sister Claire was currently crowing about her A-level results to truly unbearable levels. That they would be enough to get her into Oxford to study law was admirable enough in its way, Brian felt, but not really a reason to remind him of the fact every five minutes. Brian’s parents occasionally accused him of not thinking enough about what he wanted to do with his life, but if the alternative was Claire, with a complete life plan that almost certainly ended in world domination, Brian felt he was better off as he was.
The second, and rather more important, reason Brian was in the library came in the form of the noted early twentieth century reptile expert Sir Archibald Mathers. Or at least, in the form of the collection he had bequeathed to the place. Having Mathers’ actual form there would have posed something of a problem, given that it had last been sighted twenty years previously, inside a crocodile he had been studying on the banks of the Nile.