Welcome to another edition of Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link Up, where the given word this week is “coffee.” I found the perfect six-sentence excerpt from my novel, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me, which can be downloaded from Smashwords for free this month. See below for details.
In this scene, told from Marti’s point of view, the Vincent family starts their day with Marti waking her teen-aged daughter for school. Like any teenager, Natalie expresses resignation with her use of the word “whatever.” We open with Marti’s reaction to this.
As she pulled herself into a sitting position on the side of the bed with a groan, I was tempted to chastise her, as I usually did, for her inappropriate use of the word “whatever.” But again, I needed to pick my battles. Instead, I said, “See you downstairs.”
In the kitchen, while Sarah continued to eat, I started making toast for the rest of us. Cold cereal, fruit, and orange juice were already on the kitchen table. That, along with the coffee Daryl and I drank, was our usual breakfast on weekdays unless I was inspired to fix oatmeal, which wasn’t often.
So, does Natalie get out of bed or go back to sleep? What happens at the breakfast table? To find out, you’ll need to read the book.
Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring me to post the above novel excerpt with her six-sentence story prompt for this week. You can participate in this week’s hop and read other bloggers’ six-sentence creations by clicking here.
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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?