GENRE: Upper MG Fantasy
The MC has just discovered that a war is about to erupt between the people of her town and the people who live in the forest surrounding the town. Her uncle and father are deeply involved in the conflict on both sides, and are trying to keep the girls "safe" by locking them down and restricting their activities, unaware that the MC is key to keeping the peace. The difficulty I am having with this sequence is how to "infodump" a lot of information without actually doing an infodump. I have revised many times but it still sounds like exposition to me!
Raina collapsed on her bed with fatigue, despite her seething anger and frustration. Ibli crawled into bed with her.
"Raina,"she said in a low voice, "I think there's something very wrong."
You think? Raina thought sarcastically, but she hugged her sister anyway and tried to be reassuring. "I know, Ibli. But Kal is going to do something about it. And I am going to help him, I don't care what Septimus and Lalia say."
"I know a lot of things." Ibli said after a few minutes of silence. Raina waited for a clarification, but Ibli just seemed to be thinking.
"Um, I know a lot of things too, honey. But what are you talking about?"
"I know where you and Kal went last night. I know why you are mad at Uncle Septimus. I know why Nana Lalia is mad at you. I know about Mr. Widestock's Negators, and why father is afraid of them. I know all these things but I don't understand any of them."
Raina nodded sympathetically. "It's the Seeing Baz that you Cast, right?" Ibli nodded. Raina cringed. She had no idea that Baz could be that strong. It made all her plans feel weak in comparison. If Septimus knew everything she and Kal had been doing, then he would always be one step ahead of them.
"I know more than Uncle Septimus does." Ibli seemed to answer her. "He is too angry to See anything he doesn't want to find."
"Excuse me?" Raina considered what her sister was telling her carefully. "How can you know that? Part of Seeing is blocking it, right? Maybe he just-"
Inappropriately, Ibli started giggling. "I Saw it when I started Casting. I'm a Seer, Raina." Ibli paused as Raina tried to get her mind around the idea of her tiny sister being able to out-Cast her famous Bazza'Casting uncle. "Raina," she continued, "If I tell you things, will you decide what to do?"
"What a weird question, Ibli! Of course I will. That's what I do."
Ibli looked relieved. "I feel bad that I know all these things but don't know what to do about them. I don't think doing is what I am good at. And I don't like what father is doing, or what Uncle Septimus is doing, or what Nana Lalia is doing. I think what you do will probably be fine."
Coming from Ibli, that was a great relief to Raina. "So what do you know?" she asked.
"It's very confusing if I think like that, Raina." Ibli bit her lip. "I See most clearly when I look for it. When I know everything at one time it just makes me feel sick. Maybe you should just ask me questions. It's easier to tell you what you want to know." Raina had to say that part in her head slowly twice before she understood it. Then she nodded enthusiastically - anything to avoid the confusion and distress of the first time she tried to use Ibli as a Seeing glass.