Thirty in Thirty Day 10


I have been following the prompts from for my Thirty in Thirty challenge. The website says feel free to ignore a prompt when it really doesn’t resonate, so today I am doing so. The prompt was to write without following punctuation and other conventions. So instead I am continuing with my exploration of characters in my middle-grade fantasy.



Today I am taking the POV of Elder Phineas, the leader of the ruling council in the town of Tirren, the setting for the beginning of my story.


My patience is running out. No, that is a falsehood. The truth is it ran out long ago. If Josiah wasn’t the best harvester in the village I would have long ago advised, no forced the council to censure his family. There’s that crazy wife of his, Mariah, who skulks around the cemetery, but otherwise refuses to leave her house. She is not following Decree 35 of the Covenant Laws of Tirren that all adults should contribute to and participate in village life. I have decided that the council needs to pass a law forbidding entry into the cemetery except for funerals. All of this moaning over dead children is not productive. Every family lost children. If they were not strong enough to survive, they would have been a drain on the village. There is no place  for weakness or sentimentality in Tirren.


Then there is Josiah’s worthless son, Olen. By all accounts he is a bright lad, but he is not obedient. He daydreams during lessons and questions the teaching of the Masters at school. He has been thrashed and punished frequently for his attitude, but it has not changed anything. He continues to ask about Before and about the outside world. That should’ve been indoctrinated out of him much earlier. I think his mother is undermining the school teachings. Talking about Before is forbidden under Law 10 of the Covenant.


So we have reason to charge Mariah on two counts of law breaking. We could banish her. As for that boy, he will be 12 soon. Then he will be answerable as an adult.


I think that it is time to take advantage of Josiah’s absence and pay an official visit to Mariah. I will have Master Gregson accompany me. We will make it clear what is at stake. Besides there have been rumors that Mariah is in the possession of forbidden items-books. Yes, I think tonight we will pay call on Mariah and Olen.