It's Friday again and time for another of my six paragraphs. This week they are from Mystic Mountains.
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In the1800s the penal colony of Botany Bay was an unforgiving and harsh place. Isabella is transported for wounding a member of the British aristocracy. She loathes the system that sentenced her to seven years transportation, and is determined to hate her new master who dreams of a new life beyond the Blue Mountains.
Mystic Mountains is a story of courage and persistence-essential traits for the settlers who carved out a new life in a raw land where suffering and heartbreak were commonplace. The pair face many hardships in their quest for a new life in this untamed land.
Now here's my six paragraphs:
"Heavens, this isn't fit to call a road," Thelma complained. "Where Tiger got the notion to drag us into this hell, I'm sure I don't know." With a hand to her chest she dragged in air as if starved of it. "This time he's bit off . . . a bit more than he can chew."
Barely had the words left her mouth when a cry went up, bouncing off the other hills. The bullocks began to bellow, and the teamsters to yell. Pandemonium broke out.
"Heavens, it's slipping. They can't hold it, Thelma."
Isabella stood, a hand pressed to her mouth as her eyes widened in horror. The dray had slewed sideways. Men were shouting, the dray was groaning, and stones were sliding beneath its wheels, tumbling and rolling towards them. The horses began to whinny, high shrill sounds proclaiming their fear.
"It's coming apart," Isabella cried. "My God, it looks as if the kingbolt has come out!"
The wagon body, along with the load, was sliding one way while the fore-carriage and bullocks were going in the other direction.