Weekend Writing Warriors: Anti-Cupids (Bagpipes)

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I’m not sure if the funny in this bit will work right, because I skipped over the won’t-squish-into-eight-sentences-part in the previous scene in which Viv tells Kirsten she’s going to go foraging for coffee before the gnomes fire up the bagpipes, thus puzzling Jack.

But I remembered I had this cool image in my media library—never mind why—and thought I’d give it a try anyway.

Viv is speaking first.  This appears to be a habit of hers.


“I skipped my first hit of coffee this morning and at my level of addiction, the caffeine withdrawal gnomes start marching over the hill early.”

“Oh,” he said, as if something had just clicked. “With bagpipes?”

“And drums. I have to pay them tribute every morning or they get nasty.”

“I thought you might be hungover. No offense.”

“It feels about the same,” she said, “except without the fun the night before.”


I swear to you that there are many, many pages of this book that do not include the words coffee or caffeine.

Probably.  Somewhere.  Soon.

(a better explanation of the Caffeine Withdrawal Gnomes can be found here)


35 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors: Anti-Cupids (Bagpipes)

    • Thanks, Sherry!

      I’m a tea drinker, too—Irish Breakfast, Lady Gray, and the herbals—especially at night or when it’s as cold as it looks like this winter will be. 🙂

  1. Every time I think I can’t possibly like this story any more than I already do, you up the ante – gnomes and bagpipes and drums, I so want to be at the table WITH these people of yours! Terrific snippet.

  2. Ha! Love it. I’ve got those gnomes on my back right now. (Evil little bastards.) Great dialogue between your characters, fun and “real”. 😀

  3. LOL. My caffeine comes from Diet Pepsi and my gnomes bring a “will not go away no matter how much caffeine you pay tribute with” if I am late with my normal tribute. Come to think of it, my gnomes aren’t gnomes — they’re giants. Giants with really big drumsticks and bad eyesight — they think my head is the drum.

    Every caffeine addict in the world will get this scene!

  4. Too much. I so agree with her. If she’s going to feel like she’s hungover, she should at least have a good time the night before, lol. I really enjoyed the banter.

    • Yeah—there’s a reason armies brought those things to battle . . .

      Viv’s co-dependent relationship with caffeine is definitely write what you know! 🙂

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