This is the beginning of my newest novel. I'd like to know if it captures your attention and if you would read more. Any advice is appreciated!
Shaielle squeezed to the front of the gathering. She just wanted one glimpse of the prince from her past. He was so close…and yet so far out of her reach.
It was impossible to forget what she was since many of her accessories reminded her. Like the thin headscarf wrapped around her face so only her hazel eyes showed. And the two knives tucked away in her purple pantaloons, the cool steel of them pressing against her hips.
Because of what she was, the boy she had feelings for seemed to be a world away, even though he was about to pass right by her face.
A lively musical tune blared from the horns of musicians and they twirled and swayed down the cobblestone road. Behind them came ladies in knee-length skirts and midriff-bearing tops of rainbow colors, dancing to the music. Next came a group of male singers, their strong, baritone voices joining with the melody of the trumpets as they sang a song of what the Pact Day parade was about.
It was the celebration of the Quint Pact, when the continent was split into five different countries over a thousand years ago. Five Sultans were chosen to rule over each country, thus ending the worse of the Mancer War. And Casland, the country in the middle of the others, always had the largest jubilee of all.
Shai found herself tapping her foot to the festive song, craning her neck to see further down the procession. On both sides of the parade, people lined the street, cheering and clapping. Children danced together and caught the goodies that were thrown at them from those in the parade. A multitude of perfumes and sweet-smelling foods permeated the air, and it was like paradise to Shai’s nose. The happiness all around her was contagious, making her smile and wave to the performers.