Summer is here, so I’m spending the weekend camping. I thought I’d escape to the cool North Woods, but it’s somehow 90+ degrees here – hotter than it is back home. Looks like I’ll be finding a lake to swim in today instead of hiking.
You know where it’s not hot? In Karjaland, where this week’s snippet is set. For the next month or two, I’ll be posting snippets from Heartsbane Saga book 3.5, which is a retelling of The Ugly Duckling – with Vikings, of course. This is the start of the story.
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Uli bit her lip as her stepfather bit into one of her freshly baked ebelskivers. And then promptly cringed as he spit it out into the table.
“Worthless girl,” he muttered as he glared at her. “Who would marry someone who can’t even cook a basic pancake?”
Beside her, Uli’s older sister shot her a sympathetic look, while their younger sister simply preened. Her ebelskivers had been perfect, of course.
Uli nodded meekly, as her stepfather expected her to do, but throughout breakfast she seethe inside. She wouldn’t even want to marry someone who expected a woman’s greatest skill to be cooking pancakes.
After breakfast was cleared from the longhouse’s table, Uli was about to slip outside to the stables when her stepfather stopped her.
“Uli, a word with you?”