Hi gang and welcome to another Sunday where we share our eight and see what happens. Meanwhile back to my seniors who meet on at the Jersey Shore and the warm summer gets warmer day by day. This is the last post about Claire and Ralph since it will be a book before long. Home from the Popcorn Zoo north of Beach Haven, this is the scene.
“Make yourself comfortable and stay one more night since the boys are sleeping unless you want to go to O’Brien’s.”
He shook his head and turned toward my bedroom as I grabbed hold of his shirt and guided him the other way. “The guest room is down the hall and there’s another bathroom so good night.” Closing my door, I thought about locking it; better not; what if the kids needed me. What if. . .possibilities swirled around in my foolish head until sleep embraced this old bag of bones.
Awakened by a shift in the mattress, I wished I had a gun like the heroine in my last book, Take No Prisoners and thought This is real life, Claire, someone just crept into your bed without asking permission. “So sorry. I have no one to turn to and I’m frightened, Claire, for the future of my son’s children because all they have is me and I know nothing.” He sobbed and me, a sucker for someone in need, comforted him. He calmed down, turned, embraced me and maybe that was the moment Ralph Berg moved straight into my heart with no exit door, once in there, always to stay.
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Shoot, Charmaine! Now I feel like I might try this relationship thing again! I don’t know whether to thank you or smack you~! LOL.
“Once you have found him. . .” My best to one of my faves.
I do believe you feel the same, Sarah. Hugs from me.
Once in there…great eight
Pretty forward of him, but I guess it worked out well for both of them.
Thanks for stopping by, gzidar.
What a beautiful moment!
Oh yes. I’ve written 10 thou so far and many more in this little old head. Thanks, Sarah.
Well, that’s a pretty bold move but at least it worked. 🙂 I love the closing sentence!
Hey Majanka, Thanks for your input. Nice meeting you.
I love this, love the character and the witty charm of the snippet!
Love your comment, Gemma. Music to my ears.
Bold moves sometimes do the trick.
Fiction-all that power.
Nicely done! I tweeted.
Thanks, Ella. You’re a sweetie.
Aw! They’re both taking a risk. Tough thing for an older couple. I hope it works out for both of them.
Young or old, always a battle. HEA after it’s sorted out.
Great characters and great eight, Charmaine. I agree that bold moves work–ain’t fiction grand?
Love the power of fiction. It sure is grand. And thanks for the nifty comments.
Interesting transition, wasn’t expecting him to sob. Excellent excerpt!
Thanks, Veronica. He’s scared after losing his son and faced with two small grand kids. I’d cry a river.
I love your mature characters.
As a mature adult, I say thanks a bunch and let’s howl at the moon.
The sobbing took me by surprise! Great touch of vulnerability. Always enjoy your excerpts, Charmaine. 🙂
Hey Debbie. Missed you. Thanks for zooming back in.
Very sweet. I just loved the line “he moved straight into my heart with no exit door, once in there, always to stay.” Beautifully written.
Holy cow, Charmaine! That’s a great snippet!
Hey girl, thanks a bunch.
” moved straight into my heart with no exit door” love this. Great visuals.
Melissa, lovely comment from a new friend.
This is so good, Charmaine! I can hardly wait to read it. 🙂 Your descriptions are good, and they’re tucked seamlessly into the writing. No jolt to the reader. I loved “bag of bones.” 🙂
Teresa, I’m so happy you enjoyed the journey thus far. Wrote a thou last night. Moving along.
Oh, I meant to add that I didn’t post today. Still catching up making my rounds form last week. Have a good week. 🙂
Looked for you like a detective. No Teresa.
Well, that’s certainly ONE way to get into a woman’s bed… LOL Can’t wait to see what happens next with them.
Thanks for stopping by.
Awwww, very touching. Great snippet.
And to you, Kayci, thanks.