Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “Do you have a favorite secondary character in your books? Or a favorite sub-plot?”
In The Red Dress, my main character Eve’s thirteen-year-old son Thomas adores the Colorado Rockies. I modeled him after my late husband, who was also an avid fan of this baseball team, though they rarely won.
Here are a few excerpts in which Thomas’s team loyalty is obvious. In the first, he and his father have returned home from a game just in time for supper. The others take place on a different evening, as Thomas anticipates watching the team play on television. You’ll also note that despite his obsession with the team, he still loves his mother.
Thomas said, “Mom, the Rockies won. Maybe they’ll make the World Series, like they did five years ago.”
“We’ll see about that,” said Greg. “They haven’t been doing that well, so let’s not get our hopes up…”
“When are we eating?” asked Thomas.
“The meatloaf should be done by 6:00.”
“Oh, Mom, that’s when the Rockies start playing. Can I eat dinner in front of the TV?”
“Of course not. It won’t kill you to miss a few pitches.”
“Besides, this is gonna be the best meatloaf ever,” said Ashley. “It’s Sylvia’s mom’s recipe.”
“If you say so,” said Thomas, retreating from the kitchen.
Thomas burst in, wearing clean shorts and a t–shirt. “Dad, the Rockies are playing tonight, and they’re gonna rock.”
“Okay, buddy, that’s the spirit…”
An hour later, Eve and Ashley were about to carry platters of food to the dining room table when Greg and Thomas came into the kitchen. They’d been watching television in the living room after replacing Julie’s bike tire. Thomas was grinning from ear to ear.
Greg said, “Since Julie’s not here, and the Rockies are coming on, Tom and I will eat in the living room.”
“But I already set the table,” said Ashley, looking crestfallen.
“Oh, I’m sorry, honey,” said Greg. “I guess I should have told you sooner. Just leave it set. We can eat breakfast there in the morning.”
Stunned, Eve could only watch as Greg and Thomas filled plates with meatloaf, instant mashed potatoes, and canned green beans. Greg had always enforced her rule of everyone eating dinner together. Had he suddenly become that big a Colorado Rockies fan, despite their losing streak?
“I love you, Mom,” said Thomas as he passed her on his way to the living room. “And just to prove it, I’ll eat all my beans.”
Who are Ashley and Julie? Why does Greg suddenly not enforce Eve’s rule about the family eating dinner together in the dining room? Could there be trouble between him and Eve? You’ll have to read the book and find out.
How about you? Do you have a favorite secondary character or sub-plot? You can click here to participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ responses.
Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.
Independently published with the help of DLD Books.
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Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.
Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?