Once again, it’s time for #1lineWed on Twitter and today’s theme is all things **WISE**. Wisdom, wise guys (or girls), wise old owls, wise men…all are fair game for today’s inspiration from a WIP. In this scene, from October’s THE COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS PROPOSITION, our hero’s mother has invited our intrepid heroine for tea. And conversation…
Mrs. Tate sat regally, spine straight, shoulders square, chin up—her posture perfect. Quin had no trouble picturing this woman looking right at home in Downton Abbey. “I do appreciate you staying for a visit, Quincy. We’re still friends so I can call you Quincy, right?”
“Of c-course.” Darn it. Why did she have to stammer? Quincy steadied the china cup and saucer holding her coffee on her knee.
“Please call me Katherine. I suspect we might become better friends before all is said and done.”
Katherine smiled at her and while it looked benign enough, Quin saw the shark swimming behind the woman’s expression. Quin was skating on thin ice and she knew it. She nodded and offered a partial smile but kept her mouth shut.
“Since you have such a large place in my son’s life, Quincy, I thought it wise for us to get to know one another.”
“No ma’am.” At the woman’s raised brow, Quin scrambled to explain. “What I mean, ma’am, is that I have no place in Deacon’s life. I’m here only to deal with the baby during the course of my investigation. Once the mother is located and a determination is made about the best interest of the child, then I’m…”
“You’re what, Quincy?”
“No longer involved.”
“Are you involved?” That shark’s smile again. “With my son?”
“Good heavens no!” Quin wanted to bite her tongue. Time to backpedal. “What I mean is, your son…I…there’s… No. Just…no. We aren’t involved. Not like you’re insinuating. And we won’t be. I’m a state trooper doing my job. Your…Deacon…he’s…”
“Handsome?” Now Katherine’s smile was cat-and-cream smug. “Talented?”
“Ah…well, yes. Of course he is. But he and I…we aren’t…”
“Did you know my mother was a good southern woman?”
Don’t ever underestimate a GSW! And their non sequiturs, because they’ll box you in every time. Where readers loved to hate Cyrus Barron, I’m really hoping they love to love Katherine Tate. 😀 What about y’all, do you have any wise words to share today?