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Saturday, July 24, 2021

WeWriWa: EU83

 

This snippet is from Emmily, Unbound, an SFR story about Emmily, a 40-something woman, and Gen Rael, an alien who crash-landed on Earth and took her hostage until his rescue arrives. Their fiery beginnings together have taken a turn. They're on the back porch together. Emmily and Gen Rael are discussing love, mates, marriage.

Last week ended with this:   

        “She will have…” He cocks his head to the side, then he smirks. “She must have spunk.”

The Snippet:   

      “I’m sorry it’s so complicated,” I say. “All the must-haves. Is it ever an organic process—falling in love…or finding a mate, I mean, where you come from?” 

     “Complicated? No. Elusive? Perhaps it has been.”

There’s more of that intense look, like he’s trying to convey something with his eyes. Why won’t he come out with it? 

     He adds, “Despite my very human-like checklist for a woman, it is not necessarily a cerebral action that dictates who I will take as my chosen. 

A little more if you're interested.

     Someone more pragmatic might analyze it thoroughly before choosing. But, no. Not most of us.”

     We’re both silent for a moment. While I'm mulling over his words, he continues. “Like our word, ‘z’ymay’, there is no literal translation for your word ‘love’. From what I have come to understand, your human love encompasses so much more than the context in which you are asking me. Falling in love? It is a strange expression, an odd way to phrase what is happening.” 

     “Is it? I don’t think so. Believe me when I tell you that it is falling. It’s a surrender. It makes a person fragile, damned near defenseless. If you do it with your all, you’re totally vulnerable.”

 

Next week, a bit of Rael's wisdom comes through.

Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful week!


 

22 comments:

  1. Sounds very much what falling in love is like. I'm anxious for Rael's response!

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    1. Seemed like it to me. I hoped I got it right. :-) Thanks, Jessica!

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  2. What a wonderful scene, Teresa! They're not so different at all.

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  3. Julie Evelyn JoyceJuly 25, 2021 at 10:19 AM

    Love, love, LOVE this scene! That final paragraph is beautifully written and so very true. Great work, my friend!

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    1. Thanks, Jules! I'm so happy you think so! :-)

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  4. Deep conversation going on here. I hope no one interrupts them! Great snippet...

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    1. Thanks, Jean!! :-) They'll cover the important parts--including her insecurities. Coming up. :-)

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  5. Love the description of falling in love.
    Tweeted.

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    1. Thanks, Daryl! And thanks for the tweet! Gotcha right back! :-)

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  6. This is a wonderfully lovely snippet.

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  7. I love how much they're sharing in this conversation.

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    1. Thanks, Kate! It is a rare moment when they bare themselves. :-)

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  8. Loved the snippet and the character explaining of what falling in love feels like.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! I hope this resonates with middle-aged women who are happily married as well. I'm not sure it will. We get so comfortable in our relationships with our significant others. I think dating women, younger women--it will come through loud and clear. You represent an audience I'm unsure of. Your comment bolsters my optimism. :-)

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  9. I'm enjoying the direction you're taking this story, Teresa. Exchanging ideas about the meaning of love is a brave undertaking, because it gets to the heart of how a species thinks and feels. (BTW, her description resonates even with me, a guy whose golden wedding anniversary is in the rearview mirror.)

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    1. Ed, thank you so much for your encouraging words. How wonderful to meet a romance writer who is living a lifelong romance with his wife!

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  10. Loved this excerpt, especially that last paragraph.

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    1. Thank you so much, Elaine! :-) Glad it resonated with you!

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  11. I can't wait for his response to her explanation of falling in love. I wonder how different the experience is on his planet. Loved the snippet!

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  12. Thanks, Jenna! He was such a fun character to write, taking a tough and gruff and stern alien military man and peeling away the layers to reveal his soft side. :-)

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