Good afternoon, snippeteers! For today’s Rainbow Snippets, we’re pulling out all the stops. Ready to follow me – and Jack and Gareth, of course – to a party? Not just any old party, either. We’re headed into the famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, where parties are taken very seriously, indeed.
Swings & Roundabouts has been on my WiP pile for absolutely ages, but I somehow knew that I would end up writing all the deepest winter scenes at the height of summer… that’s just the perverse way my mind works. And now that England’s finally hot enough to melt paint off the walls – okay, I exaggerate, but I don’t do heat well! – the Muse is off to Northern Sweden, skidoos and.. partytime.
Fine. I’ll play. 😉 And we start at the moment when Jack finds an invitation to a party on the kitchen table of their borrowed cottage.
From Swings & Roundabouts
Oskar had dragged him to the local shindig at the Ice Hotel the last time he’d been here. Back then, Jack hadn’t believed that a party at minus six, where the participants dressed in snow suits, boots and heavy gloves, would be anything to write home about. Two hours in, he stood corrected. The Swedes knew how to have a good time. Between the stunning ice bar, the near-lethal cocktails, the eerie blue light, and the way sound bent and bounced in the space the night had passed in a rush. He’d woken at some point mid-morning minus his snow suit, rolled like a burrito into a heavy-duty sleeping bag in one of the hotel’s famous ice rooms, convinced he’d never slept so well in his life.
Imagining Gareth with him in that scenario wasn’t a stretch at all.
“You bet we’ll be there, thank you most kindly,” Jack muttered and headed off to investigate the food options. He wanted to see Gareth’s face when he was offered hot lingonberry juice on waking, instead of his cherished cup of tea. It would be a hoot.
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