Welcome to the midsummer portion of Weekend Writing Warriors. It feels strange now that the World Cup is over (sigh). I hope you are having a great weekend so far. I’ve been volunteering at a local beer festival this weekend. Thanks to everyone who commented on my previous snippet. I’m sharing an eight from, The Burning Night. This eight picks up a few lines from last week’s snippet.
Set-up: Melissa and Ashley are relaxing on the bed in Melissa’s room. Ashley asks Melissa what’s bothering her and she answers by complaining about the house. Ashley reminds Melissa about her difficulties with their father. Melissa is the first to speak as she makes her case about her dad.
“He’s just pissed that I’m going to U.C.L.A. and not Syracuse, like he always wanted…big deal. He sooo doesn’t get it, it’s him that’s got the problem not me!”
“Typical Melissa Lauren Murdock…it’s always someone else’s fault,” she clucked her tongue and gave me a condescending smile. Crossing my arms, I raised my brows at her for using my middle name as well as being ‘Little Miss Daddy’s Girl’. Given that her legs were outstretched beside me, it was tempting to just grab them and tickle her feet, which she would’ve hated. My conscience butted in, so I snatched a slipper off her right foot and tossed it against the door. Shifting her head, she watched as her shoe bounced off the door and plopped on the ground. Wiggling her toes, she shook her head and quipped, “So mature.”
Do you agree with Ashley? I know I do! I’ll share a few snippets as to why Melissa hates the house soon. In case you’re wondering about Melissa and Ashley being alone in the house: their parents want to spend the evening in the local town, but Melissa didn’t want to go. Being eighteen, her father feels she is old enough to be home and look after Ashley.
I welcome your feedback and look forward to reading your snippets today, however I won’t get to this until the evening since I’m volunteering today. I will be absent from next week’s W.W.W. as I will be in Los Angeles visiting a friend of mine there. Click on the above link for the official list of participating authors.