Why Not Ask? #SampleSunday

Here’s a bit from THE FALL OF ONAGROS, Book 1 of Sage. Devona is talking to her foster daughter, Elsie, about Devona’s husband, Darcy.

Why Not Ask?

excerpt from THE FALL OF ONAGROS, Book 1 of Sage
by Marian Allen

Why Not AskDevona took Elsie’s hands in hers. “I know very little more than you do. Enough to know that the less you know the better for you. Say nothing to Darcy.”

“Does he know?”

“I think he knows more than I.”

“Don’t you ever speak to each other? Really speak?”

“Not anymore.” The girl’s right to be frightened of marriage. She sees how it can be when two people bury themselves alive with a dead commitment.

“I’m going to ask him,” Elsie said.

“No! Please, you mustn’t. Say nothing to anyone.”

“Does this marriage depend on my keeping quiet?”

“I don’t know…. I don’t know what depends on it.” Devona stroked Elsie’s hair, touched the dear face. “Probably nothing. Darcy probably wants you to forget the past to save yourself the pain of some loss. Your mother’s death from illness, I used to think.”

“Yes….” Elsie smiled a little, and kissed Devona’s palm. “Do you think the Kinninger knows? Don’t you think he should?”

“Suppose I ask your father. I’ll tell you what I learn and we’ll decide together what you should do.”

Elsie considered this, and agreed.


THE FALL OF ONAGROS and the other two books of the SAGE trilogy are available at Amazon in print and for Kindle and all free Kindle apps.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character needs information but can’t ask the only person who knows it.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Why Not Ask? #SampleSunday

  1. Jane

    March 15, 2015 at 10:34am

    Great prompt.
    It ignites many ideas.
    Scenes fly through the mind…..
    Er, later.

    HI! to your Momma.

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