Weekend Writing Warrior 11/15/15 #8Sunday

coverIn honor of Veterans’ Day last Wednesday, this week’s snippet is from my short story collection, The Futility of Loving a Soldier, which has a print edition coming out later this month.

Today’s excerpt is from “Gone But Not Forgotten.” Carolyn is going through boxes belonging to her ex-husband when she finds a medal that triggers some memories of when she went out for the afternoon, leaving her husband to watch their baby.

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She pulled into the driveway beside Bryce’s car and hurried inside, leaving the groceries in the car. Of course Shanna was fine. It was the middle of a Saturday afternoon, the sun shining down on their rundown piece of suburbia, so why was a voice screaming in Carolyn’s head that everything wasn’t okay?

“Mommy’s home,” she called as she entered through the kitchen door, throwing her purse on the counter next to Bryce’s phone. “Did you miss me?”

No response.

“Bryce, I’m home.”

Still nothing.

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  1. Whoa! Pulls you right in. Nicely done!

  2. Terrifying moment for her. When she leaves to groceries in the car was a pivotal moment. My heart gave an extra pull reading that.

  3. Uh oh, now my anxiety level is through the roof! Great snippet (but sad that she and we actually do need t be worried – which I mean as a compliment to the author’s skill.)

  4. His cell phone is still there, so either everything is fine, like he’s taking a nap–or everything is very not fine. Hoping for the former!

  5. Tense and wonderful! Nice snippet.

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