In response to Writing 101 prompt Hook ’em with a quote.
A blank page can be intimidating. Sometimes it’s helpful to use someone else’s words to give you a boost. Today, use a quote or passage from something you’ve read to introduce your post. You’ll see a similar technique at the beginning of a book or chapter in the form of an epigraph.
Here’s the epigraph for Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird:
Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.
— Charles Lamb
You can write about anything for today’s post — the only requirement is that you begin with a blockquote, which you can create in your post editor by clicking the quotation mark icon:
The type of quote you choose is up to you. Maybe the passage is something you’d like to comment on, or is one of your favorite quotes. Or maybe you read a great essay the other day, and one of its lines made you think.
Pull a quote of any length, but ideally between one sentence to a short paragraph. If you can’t find one, go to the quotes section on Goodreads.com, where you’re bound to find a line that speaks to you.
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I love that scene from Hook where Tootles says he’s lost his marbles. You have to understand that “losing one’s marbles” doesn’t mean getting crazy it just means so that joke was entirely lost on my until I watch the movie in English when I was well in my twenties. The first time I saw it I was crying with laughter.
“I’ve forgotten how to fly.”
“One does.” The man answered, slightly taken aback.
The officer looked at her a question in his eyes and it took everything of Siobhan not to laugh at him. How could the policeman know? And yet it wasn’t all entirely funny. In fact, a part of it was dramatic, pathetic and extremely sad. So, she shook her head as if Sean was wrong in the head. In a way he was, stuck on this side for so long. But that was why she was here.
“Thank you for finding my grandfather sir. I’ve been looking for him for ages.” She said, as she signed the papers so they released Sean.
It was true too, she’d been stuck here as well for almost a year. She’d been sent to bring him back. She wasn’t certain Mother would be thrilled at the changes that time had wrought on Sean. But then again she banished him to the Mortal world. She should have thought of the consequences. But no their mother was as fickle as the wind and Sean should have been more careful with his comments. They’d always known Mother was touchy.
“Siobhan.” Sean said as if he recognized her for the first time. And he almost fell upon her leaning on her shoulders. He was heavy. Where was the lean man he once was? Where was the strong and solid brother she’d loved? Should she even bring him back? He would suffer in the Otherworld. And Mother would feel nothing but disgust. But she couldn’t leave him here. He obviously had no one and not much to get by. At least on the other side, he could fade or regain his strength. Who knew? He was the first royal banished. “You came. Thank you. How is Mother?”
The officer’s attention came back to her. She shook her head.
“Mother is fine Sean. She’s waiting for you.”
“Are you going to be ok miss?”
“Yes. Don’t worry. He’s done it before.”
“Should I come with you?”
Oh now he was flirting but she was in no way interested in hooking up with a mortal tonight. Or any night. She didn’t intend to have her children plagued with the same problem she and Sean had. They aged on this side of the veil. She’d been here for two years searching for Sean since Mother forbade her to cross in and out of Faerie and she’d already felt herself age. She was only 150 years old and she looked like a 250 crone. Well she shouldn’t say that seeing that her mother was well into her 500s and looking better than many 300s she knew. But Sean looked to be at least 15 centuries, ready to transition and move to the other side. Was it even possible? It would be the better end.
“I’m fine. My boyfriend is waiting for me outside.”
“Oh you have a boyfriend Siobhan, I have to meet him. Has Mother ratified the relationship?”
They really needed to get out of here fast.
“Thank you very much officer. Have a good night.”
She led her brother outside and she reached for the seam; it took her less than ten minutes to find it and when she did, she pulled on it and together they crossed onto the other side. It felt like breathing again. But they had a long way to go still. And if Sean had forgotten how to fly, it would take them weeks. Maybe that was best. They’d have to see.
So I leave you with that one moment. Sadly the two scenes aren’t together in one.