Welcome to another Things in Scots. This week’s Scots word is chitterin. The snippet I’ve added is a bit longer than I normally add. But, if I’d kept it short, it would have lost a lot of the feel and flavour of the scene.
If you’ve been enjoying the audio companions, I hope you’ll enjoy my first foray into doing the whole video thing below.😬 (There may or may not be a whole lot of outtakes for some later date. 🤣)
Oh, yeah, it’s a wee bittie sweary and… intense.
Here’s the snippet… (unedited draft)
Adam slammed his phone onto the stainless steel worktop. “Shite.”
“What? Still no location on Blackwell?” Poppy asked.
“No. Go and gee Dani up a bit, eh?” He waited until Poppy left the massive kitchen and was well out of earshot before he spoke to Ward. “Who’s left?”
A knowing smile tugged at Ward’s mouth. “You are uniquely motivated. Maybe you can get him to talk where we couldn’t.” He yanked open the walk-in freezer door and dragged out a chitterin man in bloodied chef’s whites. He gripped his shoulders. “Now, I’ll give you one last chance to tell me where your boss is,” he sucked air through his teeth, “or I’m going to have to hand you over to him.” He inclined his head towards Adam. “A wee FYI for you, he’s not as gentle as me.”
Going by the cuts and bruises, the man had already experienced Ward’s brand of coaxing. “I don’t know anything. I’m just the help.”
No one in Blackwell’s organisation was ‘just the help’. They were all equally guilty, all equally deadly. All except Elle, and he’d been the one to force her into this. An eerie calm settled on Adam’s shoulders. He would make him talk. He’d do it to find Elle. Even if it cost him his soul. “Have it your way.”
Ignoring his own injuries, Adam hauled the cuffed man to the deep butler sink and shoved his face onto the worktop next to it, forcing him to watch what was in store for him. The man’s eyes widened imperceptibly as Adam sunk the plug into the plughole and turned the tap on full. “Where’s Blackwell?”
The man struggled against Adam’s restraining hand as the water level rose. “I don’t know.”
Before the man could utter another lie, Adam curled a fist into his hair. He forced his head under the water, holding him there as the water pounded the man’s head from above.
The man struggled, bucking his body back. Adam shoved his forearm across the man’s back, holding him in place. The man jerked violently as his oxygen began to run out, sending water sloshing over the sides to the floor.
The man’s feet slid on the wet floor as he fought against Adam’s restraining arm. Panic wasn’t enough; it was too easy for an operative to lie in that state. Desperation was where truth lived.
“He’s had enough,” Ward said. “C’mon, man, he’s had enough.”
Adam let the man up. “Where is he?”
The man spluttered and coughed against the water that had almost killed him. “I don’t—“
Adam shoved him back under the water. “I. Don’t. Know. Isn’t acceptable,” he shouted loud enough to be heard under the pounding water.
A series of bubbles came from the man. Adam let him up.
“I don’t know!”
“Back under you go, then.”
The man struggled, kicking out at Adam.
“What the fuck are you doing?” Killian said as he stepped into the room.
“His job. Unless you’ve got a lead, this is it,” Ward said.
Killian bounded across the room. “We don’t do this shite. We’re not them. We’ll get Blackwell….” Guilt and pain filled his eyes.
Adam yanked the dripping man up. “If the next words out of your mouth are ‘I don’t know,’ I’m going to feed you a fucking bullet.”Running the Asset (Deniable Unit #1)
So, how did you do? Were you able to figure out from the context of the snippet that chitterin means shivering from the cold? Hopefully, you did. Let me know in the comments how easy or difficult you found it to understand that’s what it meant.
That’s it for this week
I hope you enjoyed this post and the video if you watched it. I’d love to hear what you thought of the new format–do you prefer audio/text/video/a combo?
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13 thoughts on “Things in Scots: Running the Asset Edition – Chitterin”
Got it 🥶
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I got it when I read it. The video is a great idea 🙂
Thanks for the feedback, Brian! I realised I forgot to add the subtitles for the snippet… they’re in now, but I don’t know if I’ll be doing it again. (I have a new found respect for all the YouTubers I watch.)
Excellent… and I got! Love the video too 😊😉
Thanks so much for the feedback, Chris! I’m rethinking the video at the moment. It took sooo long to edit etc. 😬
It’s good, sounds very professional. You should make it in to an audio book. I have friend Devon who edits recordings and can do all the hard work putting it together. He’s in SA but can work on audio from all over the world.
Thank you, Chris! Is Devon the one who did your audiobook? I remember how impressed you were with how that came out. I’ll definitely keep Devon in my memory if I decide to do the audio myself… Thanks for the info 🤩😬💐
I got it Susan, I liked the video too.
Awesome! Thanks for letting me know. 🥰
Happy Thursday! At the start of the year, I had planned to post my Author Journal updates on Mondays to align with most people’s workweek. However, Monday is the end of my workweek, and I felt rushed to get the post out before the weekend.
So, after a few weeks of trying it out, I’ve decided to return to my original posting plan on Wednesdays. And yes, I know it’s Thursday today, but I had such a great weekend that I didn’t want to cut into it by thinking about work. 😊
Picnic in the park with my awesome husband, Photos by Jez
Now, let’s take a look at how last week went.
Review 30th January – 5th February 2023
Last week’s goals were:
Write Elle’s Got Company scene (this time from Adam’s point of view)
Elle Reacts to Adam’s ‘Visit’ (wasn’t on the list but should have been)
Write Adam’s at the Door scene
Write The Bathroom Scene(whoops, this should never have been on the list.)
Here’s How It Went
The mess of the above list should serve as a taster of how the week went. 😂
I struggled to get much done on Thursday, day one of my week. I figured I needed to find a better way to manage my time, as I’ve become so lax with my physical planner, so I downloaded a popular project management app. I spent an entire afternoon setting up databases, and it looked like it would be a game-changer.
I spent the whole of Friday working on the audio and video for my Things in Scots post. Yip, I know most blog posts are done weeks in advance, but I’m not built that way. I wish I was, but alas, I’m not.
Saturday was a bit better in that I got a bit of writing done, but the afternoon was spent doing the subtitles for the previous day’s post. It was at this point that I decided that full-post videos were way too time-consuming for me to continue with.
Sunday… Sunday was a real bear. By 0515, I learned my month-old MacBook had two viruses. I instantly knew how I’d gotten them.
You see, that very popular project management app wasn’t new to me. I’d had it on my old Mac a while back, even used some of the project templates others had created… until I found two viruses on said Mac.
I’d put the viruses down to one of the user-created templates I’d downloaded. Giving myself shit the whole three days it took to get rid of them—lots of back and forth with the antivirus app guys.
My theory that the viruses were embedded in one of those templates made me give the main app another go. Not in a million years did I think it was in the app installation file. But it was.
Luckily, I only lost four hours getting my system clean again. With what was left of my day, I managed to get some more writing in—completing Adam’s version of the Elle’s Got Company scene.
Monday, I was more productive than I usually am before my weekend. I wrote most of the Adam’s at the Door scene, but it was a struggle. The struggle was that I’d made some changes to the story in the first half of Act One (to do with Elle’s sister Dani’s level of involvement), and those changes had knock-on effects in other scenes—specifically the ones I’d planned on writing this week.
That means… this week’s goals are slightly different than I’d planned.
This Week’s Goal
Fix the Dani knock-on effects
Reflect fixes in scene-blocking sheets
Finish writing Adam’s at the Door scene
Write The Bathroom scene
Write The Meet scene
I’m hopeful that I can achieve all of this, and my re-instated physical planner (with all the new stickers I made yesterday) tells me it should be doable. You know, so long as I don’t download anything or try to make more videos 🤣
How did your last week go? What are your goals this week? Let me know in the comments!
Wishing you all a great week!
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