Hi, WIPpet friends! Agent Ko's story had me stuck for a little while but it's shaping up now. I'm thinking of writing her a series of episodic novellas that describe her training in the Academy. Her first book also has the working title, Marionette, but please don't hold me to it!
This is still the violinist story I've been sharing for the past few weeks. The narrator has just asked Bo (the violinist) why he wants to defect from North Korea. The first paragraph is a leftover from last week. Then I'll give you one big paragraph in honor of the first week of May (and a little dangling paragraph just for kicks).
"Anyway, Bo says to me, he says, 'you let me play for you next weekend, and then you'll understand.'
“Now I sure didn’t know how fiddling with a stick and a piece of wood could explain why he would risk his life and his position in the Party to do something so stupid as defect, especially with me ready to blow the whistle on him right then and there, but I’ll tell you I wanted to know. So I waited. The next weekend, we got our half-day of rest. It was just him and me in our room, and he was resining up his bow, and he looked at me. I've killed my fair share of men, you know, and at first I thought it would be impossible to forget their faces, but you do. You'll learn that yourself one of these days. But I won't ever forget the way Bo looked at me. Just steady. Not a hint of fear, even though he knows I'm going to have to turn him in. And then he plays. Wish I had it recorded so I could describe it to you better. He didn't even sound like a violinist. And what he played didn’t sound like music. At least, no music I’ve ever heard. Irreverent, kinda choppy, but it made your soul ache for freedom you never even known existed. He finished, and all I could ask him was, 'What do you call that?' It was so different from what I'd ever heard. 'What do you say that is?'
“And he tells me, 'It's jazz. It's what I want to play from now on.'"
Random Fact: The character of Bo is based off the story of a real pianist who defected from North Korea in order to play the music he loved, not the music the regime demanded.
Blog Love: Huge thanks to K L Schwengel for hosting the WIPpet Wednesday blog hop, where authors post snippets from their current Works In Progress.