Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors! This is one of several successors to Six Sentence Sunday. I also post it as part of Snippet Sunday:
As mentioned before, I have a new release coming out around April 30th called Purely Relative (The P.U.R.E., #1.5). Weekly eights from that story between now and release date!
Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared Gayle’s angst prepping to meet Jon’s family for a Thanksgiving meal. Last week we read about her initial impressions upon arrival, including a not so nice remark she overheard. This week, everyone has finally settled down at the table for the meal. To give context for a few of the names and references in the snippet: Scott is Jon’s sister’s fiance, who has already pinged Gayle’s skeeve radar. Sophia is Jon’s ex-fiancee’s mother. Jon currently works for the FBI, though his family does not know. Got all that?
Scott insisted on delivering a long-winded prayer itemizing all we were thankful for, including friends, family, and new acquaintances. I peeped at him through my eyelashes and caught him watching me as he spoke. We repeated, “Amen” and started passing around the dishes.
All the food moved in a clockwise fashion, I discovered, when the corn I attempted to pass counter-clockwise smashed into the gravy boat Sophia held. The viscous sauce sloshed over the edge and onto her hand, then to the tablecloth. A large tan Rorschach blot took shape. It looked like an uncircumcised penis or the Washington Monument, one or the other. What did that say about me other than I was a G-man’s klutzy nympho?
Heh-heh. Altogether now: “Poor Gayle”.
Lol For some reason I thought Gayle was Jon’s colleague. I like thinking of her as an FBI agent. In any event, she’s making quite an impression – tho Jon’s family is the pits.
Haha! Who can’t relate to that–a bundle of nerves turns into klutziness?? Love the last line! Great snippet!
ha! I love that she likens the stains to an uncircumcised penis. lol Cute snippet.
Ha! The gravy thing is hysterical What a hoot. I loved it.
At least she didn’t share her thoughts out loud, lol. Thanks for sharing!
Got a chuckle from her thoughts taking a detour. lol I can also relate to nerves causing klutziness. lol Enjoyed the snippet.
I like the way she thinks and you captured the cringeworthy moment of spilling the darn gravy is wonderful LOL fashion! Terrific snippet! Love this story…
So well described 🙂
Isn’t it always the case when you’re trying so hard to make a decent impression, you end up looking ten times worse? Sigh. Great snippet, Claire. And I have a new release coming out April 30th, too! We’ll celebrate together. Congrats! 🙂
Wonder if she would have thought of that particular comparison if it hadn’t been for that comment she overheard. Yes, poor Gayle.
This is so cute! I loved it.
LOL! Love your words and the imiges: “uncircumcised penis or the Washington Monument”
Oh I have had moments like that. First date with my hubby was a company Christmas party and when I cracked my crab leg I squirted the guy across from me right in the face with fishy water. Totally sympathize. Good snippet.
Perfect timing of the family holiday dinner snippet! Gayle cracks me up. Wow! Release day is coming soon!
Whew, you’re right! Always something needing to be done. 🙂