It’s the first of the month, so there’s a new Hot Flash on the Hot Flashes page.
It’s also Sample Sunday. I’ve paused in working on my NaNoWriMo Romance because I got my 50,000 challenge words and I’m waiting to get a copy of Scrivener to organize it, but here’s another sample of it.
In this scene, Feisty has been dognapped.
WORSE THAN HIS BARK – excerpt
by Marian Allen
Jo said, “They won’t hurt him. Surely.”
Mavis said, “You think criminals give a rat’s ass if a dog is cute? Dream on.”
While Mavis recovered her balance from Jo’s having poked her, Parma said, “Of course they won’t hurt him. They want a ransom, don’t they? They wouldn’t dare hurt him.”
Del clung to that hope, but said, “They say on television and in the movies that kidnappers usually k-kill their victims, even if the ransom is paid.”
“That’s for people.”
“What’s the difference? The penalty for killing people is worse than the penalty for killing animals.”
“But animals can’t testify against them in court.”
“Duh,” said Mavis. “But she has a point.”
“So you think I should just wait?”
Waddy pushed back from the table and stood, pacing the width of the small room.
“I should never have brought him here and left him. What was I thinking? I know what I was thinking: I thought he would be safe here.”
“He was safe here,” Del snapped. “You probably left the gate open.”
Waddy looked as stunned as if Del had struck him. “Maybe I did.”
“No,” Del said. “You didn’t. You didn’t. I should have had a lock on it. I didn’t expect anybody to come into the back yard and steal my dog. In America’s heartland?”
Mavis snorted. “For somebody who makes a living off small towns, you don’t know much about them, do you? Don’t you ever read Miss Marple? I could tell you stories that would curl your hair.”
He didn’t doubt it. What surprised him was Jo and Parma nodding in agreement.
Don’t worry. I plan for the dog to be unharmed. It’s a light romantic comedy, after all.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Two people close to one another face a shocking loss.