So i realized that I should have posted this WIP snippet last week considering it was the week of Christmas and all. The last two weeks have been a bit crazy for our family…
In this scene, Jay comes over to Lacey’s house to help her decorate, because 1) he wants any excuse to be with her, and 2) she’s stuck by herself over Christmas break. Why is she stuck by herself? You can read the excerpt that led to that predicament by clicking here.
I had previously entered my manuscript into a first impressions contest in September and I wasn’t supposed to tell people until I knew the results (in case the judges accidentally stumbled on my blog or Facebook profile, I guess?) I didn’t win but I did get professional feedback, and my scores ranged from 7s, 8s, and 9s. Hooray. Professional feedback is all I wanted.
Anyway, I posted a handful of excerpts out of order. Sorry about that 🙂
And now, to bring you back into the holiday spirit, again 🙂 For Wipet Math, I have 300 words (30 x 10), and because anything super short wouldn’t have made sense, and there’s a POV change directly following.
With the room enveloped in sunlight from the open curtains, they decorated the front room, kitchen and entry hall with the various candles, tinsel, and stockings, while Christian Christmas music played in the background. She’d almost objected when he turned the dial to a Christian music station, but decided not to let it bother her for the time being.
Decorating brought back cheerful memories from her childhood—before her family fell to pieces. It wasn’t often she thought of the good times she’d had with her family. While they set up candles, and worked together to tape tinsel to the mantle, the classic Christmas songs she’d heard a hundred times over the years, transported her back to the days when she and her sister would decorate around the house together. By this time, Joel was too old and apathetic about it to want to do it together anymore.
“Are you okay?” Jay held a hand on her shoulder. She blinked and the image of the Christmas tree in her childhood home faded from memory, along with her sister’s smiling face.
She sucked in a deep breath and forced a broad smile.
“I’m fine,” He stared into her eyes with concern, as if testing her words. “Really,”
“Okay,” He turned away and finished lighting one of the candles on the coffee table.
After they finished decorating, they chose a movie, popped it into the DVD player, and made themselves comfortable on the couch.
“Is the invitation to go to Matt’s family’s home still open for tomorrow?” Lacey inquired as she leaned against him, his arm wrapped around her shoulder.
“I’d like to join you,” He turned and smiled down on her, his brown eyes shining. She could get used to those beautiful eyes, that constant smile.
“That’d be great. I’m looking forward to it.”
I’m going for nostalgic – ish, particularly in the 2nd paragraph. If you have any advice in that respect, it would be appreciated 🙂
Happy reading 🙂