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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Snippet Sunday and Purple Heart

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Jenna West has no idea what she might have done to her new tenant Mike Hightower. He's surly and hateful every single time they meet, and he looks at her as though he despises her.

He does despise her. She's from the Middle East, and people like her killed his friend Ramirez when the army sent them to Iraq.

Will the power of love work its magic to soften Mike's bitter hatred, or will he ignore his growing attraction for his pretty landlady?

Last Week:

Captain Perry yelled, “Hightower, Mason, hold your fire.” 

Moments later Perry knelt beside Mike. “Where are you hit?” 

“Shoulder and leg.”

“Sit tight; we’ll get a medic as quick as we can.” 

“What about Ramirez?”

“Sorry, he’s gone.”

As his anger built, Mike forgot about the pain in his 
shoulder and leg. Ramirez had been his friend. These people didn’t appreciate a thing that the United States was trying to do for them.

This week: I had to do a little creative punctuation to keep to the 10 sentence limit. Overlook it, please.

A world away, Jenna West signed her name on the dotted line and became a homeowner. “I think you got a bargain,” the realtor said. “There’s a lot of work to be done, but it definitely has potential. The structure is sound; all it needs is a bit of cosmetic work and a new hot water heater.”

“I don’t mind the work,” Jenna assured him. “I’ve never owned a home before; fixing up the place will be a labor of love.”

She took her daughter’s hand on the way to the car; “When can we move in, Mama?” Jo demanded.

“Not for a few weeks yet, but don’t worry, sweet pea; the place is all ours.”

“Hooray,” Jo cheered.

“Hooray,” Jenna cheered right back, and Jo burst out laughing, making Jenna feel as if she were the best mom in the whole world. 


Veronica Scott said...

Interesting juxtaposition of the events in their respective lives. Great snippet!

Aurora Springer said...

Something tells me the house will need more work than she expects.

Amy Braun said...

Nice scene!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Enjoyed the snippet. I wonder how much work she’ll have to do in the house.

Nancy Gideon said...

The all American dream come true. Love the warmth between mother and daughter!

Hywela Lyn said...

a lovely happy moment between mother and daughter. Sweet snippet!

Ed Hoornaert said...

As Nancy said, the American Dream come true: she's become a slave to the never-endind work of a fixer-upper. /cynicism

Diane Burton said...

Great juxtaposition--war and the warmth of home. Love the interaction between mother and daughter.