Been a while since I posted here! I'm knee-deep in my first WIP since graduating from university, and I thought it might be a good idea to wander over here and throw out my first 250 words to get some quick feedback. I'm nowhere near completion, let alone the querying stage, but writing's the fun part! Rip it to shreds!
It took Louise exactly eighteen seconds to scale the three-story trellis that lay against the side of the royal governor's house, and it only took that long because her shirt caught on a thorn. She wasn't the first of the Midnight Court pirates to break into the house this way – and she could guarantee that she wouldn't be the last – but she did take pride in being the fastest. Of course, Governor Raddock was an idiot to have kept the trellis up that long in the first place, but he was a sucker for pretty things, like the wall beneath her brimming with crimson and ochre roses. Which was good, because the Midnight Court also liked pretty things.
Especially if they had once belonged to someone else.
The second to last window on the right side of the top floor was unlocked, exactly like her aunt Gwen had told her it would be. It took her another three seconds to brace one boot on the edge of the wrought-iron balcony and push herself through the opening, silent as the lacy clouds that skirted the swollen yellow moon above her.
She dropped to the polished mahogany floor with a soft squeak of leather on marble and crouched against the wall under the window, legs shaking with leftover adrenaline from the trellis climb. A breeze slipped through the opening and made the gauzy curtains swish over her shoulders like phantom fingers.