Hello Manic Followers! Do you know what day it is? It’s WIPpet Wednesday! This is almost my favorite day of the week! What’s your favorite day? I love sharing my WIP with you and this week I’m going to share from a different WIP then I have been. I’m publishing a novella online called Divorced White Female and that’s where this week’s WIPpet comes from. Subscribe to my blog and be eligible to win a free copy when I publish it later this year.
WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop in which we post a portion of our work in progress that somehow relates to the date. Since math and I are not friends (really) I’ve simplified this year. This week I’ll be posting a few paragraphs from chapter 5, due to go up this Friday. I arrived at this choice because they both happen in the same week and I’m hoping you get hooked and go read it! (I know weird math, but I warned you that math and I weren’t friends.) I hope you love it!
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Context: Lylah is the main character in this story and she’s decided she’s ready to move on from her divorce and date again. She’s been invited to her friends country house for the weekend to meet a friend of theirs.
I decide to shower before I venture out. I might run into the mystery man, I want his first impression to be a good one. I pull the blinds open to snow falling silently on the countryside, already blanketed in a heavy layer. I enjoy the view for a moment and resolve to do so every time I pass a window this weekend. The snow will be brown and dirty and very annoying, when I get back to the city Sunday.
My quick shower is wasted when I spend fifteen minutes fussing over what to wear. Once I’ve settled, it’s on my favorite jeans with a wide flare at the ankle to balance my wide hips and a paisley tunic that has a knot between my breasts that showcases my cleavage well. I feel ready to face anything. I wear little makeup but I take the time to line my eyes with a deep purple liner and brush a bit of blush over my cheekbones for color. Then I make my way down to the dining room where I know coffee and danish will be waiting for me.
There’s a man sitting in the chair at the head of the table. Only his long muscular legs are visible, sticking straight out from him as he slouches behind the New York Times. I admire them for a moment before announcing my presence.
“Good morning.” My voice is quieter than I expected and I wonder if he’s heard me as he doesn’t respond immediately. The paper shifts as he folds it up and his head comes into view. He has a full head of thick wavy hair, but it’s cut so it’s very short around the side of his head and fully three inches long on the top. He also has a full, very thick beard that is red in contrast to his brown hair.His sapphire blue eyes, stare at me silently as I stand there awkwardly waiting for him to respond. He’s wearing jeans with a red and black checkered flannel shirt. Where in the world did Pam and Ben meet a lumberjack?
“You must be Lylah.” His eyes sweep up and down my body, but his face remains neutral leaving me to wonder what he thinks of me.
“I am, and you are?” I resist the urge to fidget with my clothes, trying to look graceful as I walk to the sidebar where the coffee and danish are laid out on plates. They look delectable, blueberry, almond, and cheese, but I pass on them. Not only do I need coffee first, but there will be a huge spread for brunch and I don’t want to look like a glutton in front of the mysterious lumberjack.
“I’m Paul.” He returns my smile and reaches out to shake my hand as I join him at the table.
Silence ensues for a moment as I cast about in my mind for small talk. I sip my too hot coffee to buy time and regret it instantly, glancing around for the water pitcher and a glass.
“So I guess we’re here to meet each other.” His easy grin disarms me and I grin back as I sip cool water to soothe my tingly tongue.
“I guess so.” A million questions flood my mind and I sip water again, willing my coffee to cool, rather than ask them. I don’t want to seem desperate.
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