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Saturday, February 27, 2021

WeWriWa: EU65

 


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     This snippet is from Emmily, Unbound, an SFR story.She and her dog, Murphy, have moved to the mountains of Pennsylvania into an old, remote, hunting camp her parents willed to her. On her first day there, along a desolate road she's forced at gunpoint to haul a wounded man and his 'crew' to her house. A tad over three weeks since the abduction has gone by. She's making supply run number two. Adren, the alien who appears youngest, has gone with her to make sure she doesn't contact authorities. Emmily is having an argument with herself about her ex-husband and how he left her.  

Last week's snippet ended with: "She works a real job with a steady salary—even though I pay it—instead of puttering around, writing books that don’t sell enough to buy groceries.’

     My knuckles are white, gripping the steering wheel.

     Breathe in, breathe out…

The Snippet:  

         

     I wish my inner doormat wasn't so quick to take the opposing view, but my thoughts zip that direction: I would have deserved it if he'd said all of that to me. I should have left the newspaper. I could've found a real job, a steady job, but somehow, I thought that if I plugged away at it long enough, I’d make it as a writer.

     I mentally slap myself. Those thoughts have to end! And as far as Jason? Shame on me for still allowing that hell to run my memories.

     “He is a jerk. Not me. He is the asshole. Not me. I am a good writer. He’s a dickhead.” 

 

 

A little more, if you wish to read on.


  

     Adren says, “Emmily, are you talking about Genrael?”

     Damn it. I was thinking out loud again. I snap out of my tirade. “Oh, goodness, no.”

     “Some of the words you said… We have heard you call Genrael those.”

     I’m caught dead to rights. “I… have. And… he… some of those words… he is… Sometimes.” I glance his way, assessing how much umbrage he might be taking at my words. “Not all the time, mind you. He can be a…”

     Jesus, I’m choking on the words. “He can be a good guy. I mean, he has some good points. He worries about you and looks out for you all. But he is a real jerk to me most of the time.” 

My next side glance is probably as sheepish looking as I feel, admitting that about someone Adren appears to revere.

     He's quiet and his expression is thoughtful. “He is a good man. He has accepted you.”

     “Accepted me? Me?”


 Will Adren let it drop?

 That's it for this week. Thank you so much for visiting and for reading. :-)

            The working blurb for this story:   

    

After losing everything that bound Emmily to her happy life, she has one plan: move to the mountains and never-ever give her heart away again. But everything goes sideways when a UFO crash-lands nearby, and on a desolate road, she’s waylaid by men demanding help for their injured ‘General’. He’s confused, bleeding, and sweet Lord, good looking—even while sneering and growling at her. 

     Fleeing an ambush meant to kill him, Gen Rael is gravely injured when his ship crashes on Earth. The human woman his crew captures to aid them is a confounding mixture of terrified, defiant, and captivating. A female distraction is the last thing his hindered mission can afford. But this Emmily woman is cutting through the steel wall he keeps around his heart.

     Despite being their hostage, Emmily isn’t blind to the peril they’re in: there’s a threat coming from the stars, and it’s lethal to all of them, including her.
     And her simple plan to never-ever fall in love again? Looks like that’s in peril too…

26 comments:

  1. I'm curious as to what Adren will reveal next.

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    1. This is a rough shopping trip for both of them. Thanks for visiting, Jessica. :-)

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  2. As Emmily works through her anger, it spills out--how very true that is in life. Like Emmily, I am wondering what "accept" means.

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    1. Every day, we reinvent ourselves, always reacting to our new experiences. Emmily is trying to keep up. Lots of reinventing in her life. :-) Acceptance--it figures large in the next few chapters. Thanks for visiting, Shari!

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  3. Thinking out loud can cause interesting situations.
    Tweeted.

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  4. Excellent excerpt. I'm glad she snapped herself out of her depressing thoughts...

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    1. That is the question. Emmily is just beginning to reach that in-between place between wanting to get away, and wanting to stay with them, to be accepted by them. It plays out over the next several chapters. Thanks, Aurora!

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  6. I enjoyed how she tried to backtrack on the name calling, but Adren didn't seem too upset about it.

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    1. Yeah, lol, she was sort of stepping all over her own words, Thanks, Alexis!

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  7. Some people have a weird way of showing their acceptance lol. It's always awkward when you speak your thoughts out loud, but thankfully it didn't backfire on her this time.

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    1. True, so true. :-) She does have her moments when it backfires. ;-) Thanks for visiting, Jules!

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  8. Accepted her? My goodness, that raises a lot of questions, doesn't it?

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  9. What does he mean by accepted her. I'm curious.

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    1. It is what she's beginning to understand that she wants... But, Adren is sharing an opinion, although it is one that gives her hope. :-) Thanks for visiting, Karen!

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  10. This is definitely getting intriguing.

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  11. Now that was a surprise at the end. Genrael has accepted her. As a comrade? As a friend? I'm really interested in their relationship. I hope more is forthcoming! Great snippet!

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  12. I can't wait to read more. That conversation was getting intriguing.

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    1. Thanks, Elaine. I swear that this one is going to be published. :-)

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  13. Accepted her? For what? I am so interested in this story. Keep going.

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  14. Thanks, Diane! I'm working on it. :-)

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