Wednesday Words: Tell Me a Story

Another Wednesday, another theme for #1lineWed on Twitter. Last week was show so any writer worth their salt should have been expecting this week’s theme: TELL. *bwahaha* So in this short snippet from MONTANA MOON, Lauren and Tait are doing a lot of talking, a little showing, and maybe they should tell the truth… 😉

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Lauren flung her hands into the air, the gesture both overly dramatic and petulant. “What can I tell you?”

“How about the truth?”

Her eyes narrowed and the corners of her mouth pulled down. “The truth? That’s a two-way street, cowboy. Tell your truth first.”

“You can’t handle the truth.”

Now her eyes went wide and a snarl curled her lip while her hands flailed around her head. The damn woman shouldn’t be so cute when she was angry. Tait folded his arms across his chest, waiting for her rebuttal.

She sputtered a few times, starting to speak then stopping as words failed her. “You’re giving me bad movie lines now? Seriously?” Lauren stomped over, stopping directly in front of him. Her fingers curled into his T-shirt of their own accord, like they knew what to do even if she didn’t. “You could have died, Tait.” The words tumbled out, breathless and coated with worry and fear.

He tasted both on the tip of his tongue and inhaled the odors with each breathe. Onions and ammonia. Not overwhelming. Yet. Her fingers clutched convulsively in his shirt but he fought the urge to wrap his arms around her.

“Why do you care, Lauren?”

Her lashes swept down to cover her blue eyes a moment before her head thunked against his chest. “I don’t know,” was her mumbled reply. “I shouldn’t. I don’t know you. And you don’t share. But—” She melted against him.

“We’ll talk, Lauren. Soon. I’ll tell you everything as soon as I know you’re safe.”
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If you’re a writer, what would your characters tell your readers? If you’re a reader, what would you like a character to tell you? *waggles brows*

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About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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2 Responses to Wednesday Words: Tell Me a Story

  1. Ugh, I spent the morning working and I’m just getting around to blogs now. I love your snippet!

    Now, here’s a snip what I’m working on right now – Blink of an I…

    “Once upon a time,” he said, “people were actually interested in learning new things. They asked questions, and they actually sought out the answers, even to questions no one but them had asked before. It was a wonderful time in mankind’s history.”
    “Why?”
    He chuckled. “You’re certainly a curious one, aren’t you?”
    “You’re not the first to tell me that, but when other people say it, they usually mean I’m weird.”
    “Well, I suppose to most of the citizens you would seem strange. But that’s not what I meant. I mean you’re the type who likes to ask questions—like those people from long ago—even when you’re not supposed to.”
    Thinking back over her life, she had to agree. “It’s gotten me in more trouble than it’s ever been worth, though.”
    “Well, around here that won’t happen. You’re with me, and I value curiosity. For one thing, if you hadn’t been curious, you never would have come into my store. Believe it when I tell you that is a very good thing indeed.”

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