I am honored to do Abigail Welborn’s Silver Pen post! She’s my fellow Silver (and Mighty) Pen poster, she does so much behind the scenes – being able to claim donating prizes? All thanks to her! – and we’d be sunk without her! Congrats on the 15k! Oh and did I mention she’s editing??
Movement and Light
Lara has trained her whole life for Vienna’s magical ballroom, but the man who turns out to be her Partner hates Dancing—and might have good reason.
Guests were still jostling for their favored viewing places when the musicians’ tuning resolved into a lively melody and the first Zaubertanz began.
It was a children’s group, with three Pairs under age twelve costumed to look like woodland creatures frolicking through the woods. Their Dancing produced little motes of magic that glittered in the air above them, barely visible. While enthusiastic, their steps weren’t consistent enough to make anything predictable, so it was really for the new Shapers’ practice.
Our balcony had a direct view into the Shapers’ room, most of whom weren’t paying attention. Two children reached toward the Ballroom and drew the bits of magic through the air toward them, and from this distance, their eyes barely shimmered. Allowed to Shape whatever they wanted, they were turning it into what looked like tiny tin horses and little swords that wouldn’t hold an edge. Well, we could sell them as toys.
After the children came Georg, in a bright green suit, and Franke, her dress as silver as her hair, with green trim as the only nod to the colors of the ball. I both admired and disapproved of her daring. They practically flew over the floor in the wildly fast mazurka. My breath caught watching them, and for a moment, I forgot my anxiety, absorbed in the transcendent beauty of their movement.
Mina loved Shaping for them, and it was easy to see why; shimmering magic cascaded off them in waves of light.
Way to go, Abigail! Looks and reads amazing!