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Saturday, June 19, 2021

WeWriWa: EU78

 

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This snippet is from Emmily, Unbound, an SFR story. Emmily had an opportunity to turn the aliens over to authorities, and to be free of them. Of course, she didn't, and now General is sure she is as trustworthy as he hoped her to be. This is a week later and they're on the back porch together. They're talking about the stars twinkling beyond atmosphere.

Last week ended with this:  I wonder when we moved past the elephant in the room, the big, spacesuit-wearing, interstellar-traveling pachyderm. Like kindred spirits, we coexist. We've come to accept the status quo without needing to define it or even say it out loud. They are from out there, in the stars, sky people, and I am tethered to solid ground, bound to the Earth.


The Snippet:       

     When he turns his head to look at the sky through gaps in the tree canopy, pale light illuminates his eyes; their blue depths have never seemed deeper. He says, “In a different way. It is… an acquired appreciation, perhaps. They do not twinkle out there like they do when viewed from here on your porch.” 

     “I always liked it, the view, from here. Mom and dad loved it. Jason was never taken with it.” 

     There’s nothing cagey when he asks, “Jason?” 

     “Jason, my ex-husband. We were married for almost twenty years.” 

     He leans his head to the side, processing that new tidbit of information, I suspect. 

 

That's the snippet. The scene continues from there:

 

After a lengthy stretch of quiet, his voice—full of curiosity—pierces the still night. “Why are you no longer married to him?” 

     That is a humdinger of a question. How do I answer? I could rattle off a slew of hateful reasons peppered with enough cuss words to make General blush. Or I could sit here and relish in the brand-new realization that the heartache's no longer raw; my future doesn’t feel hopeless—as if no one will ever love me again. 

     I’ve moved past a plethora of things: the doubt, pain, regret and self-pity, the half-witted belief that Jason is the most wonderful man ever born, and he was mine. The ridiculous and false belief—with all its soul-scorching pain—that I’d never, ever find someone else worthy of my love, my selfless devotion, and even worse, a twisted kind of worship.

     I’ve left those things behind. 


That's it for this week. Next week, we get her answer to the General, and his reply to her.
Thanks for visiting! :-)

24 comments:

  1. I'm glad after all that Emmily has been through, that she was able to come to that realization!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! It took her a while. After her dark night of the soul year, she's skittish.

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  2. So glad she's putting aside her resentment, etc. That way she'll move on. Really enjoying this story.

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    1. Yes. I didn't want her to be bitter. There is certainly an element of freedom in moving on rather than dwelling on the past. She does occasionally flip-flop, though. Hopelessly human. Thanks, Diane!

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  3. looks like she may be ready to entertain the idea of moving on. And who better than a man who can really appreciate the stars that twinkle in the sky. :) Loving this story!

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    1. Yep. Time to go forward. Empty that heart of pain and bitterness. Make room for it to be full again, right? Thanks, Jenna!

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  4. Excellent excerpt. She's very good at introspection.

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    1. Thanks, Jean! I worried that she talked too much--and that included to herself (thus, talking too much to the reader). lol

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  5. Those are definitely good things to leave behind

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    1. Indeed, Fallon, indeed...

      Thanks for visiting!

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  6. A sweet scene. It's good he knows she not still married.

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    1. Thanks, Aurora! He suspected, and she's just confirmed it. :-)

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  7. It's funny (but believable) that being kidnapped by aliens jolts her into realizing she's finally over her ex-husband.

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    1. Thanks, Ed! I worried so much whether her reactions to the myriad situations would feel real to the readers. :-)

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  8. LOL - with enough cuss words to make a General blush.
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    1. lol--I am so glad you caught that as humorous. Was the intent. :-)Thanks for visiting!

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  9. Hey, Teresa. Can I change my cover on the WWW site? I'm sorry I'm using your post to ask, but I couldn't find another email for you. Sorry!

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    1. No apologies necessary, Jenna! Just sent an email to you. :-)

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  10. Imagine being kidnapped led her to realize she doesn't care for her ex-husband anymore. I bet she's glad to know it.

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    1. Yep. It is a relief to her. Thanks for visiting!

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  11. I'm glad she's ready to move on and feels good about it. I've really enjoyed these snippets.

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    1. I'm so glad you've enjoyed them! Thanks for visiting. :-)

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  12. Good thing she left those things behind. You've got to love yourself before you can love someone else properly.

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    1. So, so true, Elizabeth! :-) Thanks for visiting!

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