Weekend Writing Warriors: Pray It’s Over Soon #8Sunday

www_tinyWelcome 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”.



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16 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors: Pray It’s Over Soon #8Sunday

  1. 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.

  2. 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! 🙂

  3. 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.

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