Today we’re snooping through Aydan Fulbert’s underwear drawer – at least, her underwear drawer as it was at the start of the book, Shrilugh. Those of you who’ve read the book know that her life looks much different at the end of the book than it does at the start…but I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who haven’t read Shrilugh yet.
Aydan Fulbert’s underwear drawer is the very bottom drawer of an old wardrobe. The wardrobe is a heavy beast of a thing, and it’s seen better days. Its stain is worn off in places, and it’s missing both doorknobs. Aydan’s careful never to close its doors completely, otherwise she’s stuck bruising the tips of her fingers trying to pry them open.
The bottom drawer has a personality all its own – something similar to that of a mule. You really have to tug at it to get it to open – it sticks; but if you pull wrong, it sticks even harder.
Go ahead and give it a tug.
Didja get it? No? Try again.
Got it open? Good. Now peek inside.
Amidst socks and undergarments there should be an old pair of red soccer socks from grade school. The first time she wore them her mom told her they must have been magical because they made her run so fast. Next to them, wrapped inside a scrap of her old baby blanket, is the nose from her favorite teddy bear. It fell off ages ago, but she couldn’t stand to throw it away. Near that is a worn copy of Justin Morgan had a Horse - a birthday gift from Brig (her best friend) years ago. Inside the pages is a single daisy, pressed and fragile. Brig had tucked it behind her ear in a lighthearted moment. She also has a small stash of perfect skipping rocks, kept inside a small burlap sack. She keeps them there for emergencies – nothing soothes her mind quite like skipping stones. Except, maybe, a good run.
Didja get a good look? When you’re done, go ahead and tuck all those things back under her clothes how you found them. And be careful pushing the drawer back in – if you push unevenly, it’ll get stuck, and you’ll have to really fight it to get it back in place.
If you’re eagerly awaiting the release of The Darkening, don’t despair – the end of February is coming fast! To keep your imagination occupied until then, pop by my Pinterest board for the book (but be warned, there are some soft spoilers there). If you’re totally anti-spoiler, go check out the Shrilugh board, or the Shrilugh – As You See it board. The latter is put together by readers like you, and is a fun way to see how other readers see Shrilugh in their mind’s eye. If you’d like to contribute to that board, let me know, and I’ll getchya set up.
Also, if you’ve purchased a paperback copy of Shrilugh and would like a signed nameplate for the book, let me know, and I’ll be more than happy to send one your way! Click on the ‘Contact’ tab for details on how to get in touch with me.