This week, the given word is “juice.” In this excerpt from The Red Dress, Eve and her daughter Ashley have traveled from Colorado to California to visit Eve’s former college roommate, Charlene. Ashley is eating breakfast with Brenda, Charlene’s daughter, while Charlene’s husband Jon is cooking.
In the kitchen, Eve found Jon at the stove. Ashley and Brenda were sitting at a nearby table, eating.
“Hi, Mom,” said Ashley.
Jon turned from the stove. With a broad smile and a Southern drawl, he said, “How about some fresh–squoze orange juice? I done squoze it myself.”
Why isn’t Charlene eating breakfast, too? You’ll have to read the book and find out. Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring me to post this teaser with her six-sentence story prompt for this week. You can click here to participate and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations.
Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.
Independently published with the help of DLD Books.
Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.
After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.
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?