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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors: Purple Heart


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. 

Excerpt: We've left Mike and the battle behind and today we meet our heroine Jenna West. I included two or three extra sentences in the excerpt.

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.


Jessica E. Subject said...

Definitely two different worlds. Though it is a sense of accomplishment to own a home.

Shari Elder said...

Charming relationship between Jenna and Jo. Really want to see Jo's role as Jenna and Mike get to know each other. Great snippet.

Sue Barr said...

Bias that has been triggered by intense emotional events are so very hard to let go of. I see a ton of angst in their future. However, love can soften even the hardest heart. Fingers crossed.

Aurora Springer said...

Mom and daughter have a good relationship.

Nancy Gideon said...

Certainly a contrast from his world! Looking forward to their "meet".

Teresa Cypher said...

Ahh, that feeling when you buy your first home. :-) Everything is a labor of love (for a while). lol

Veronica Scott said...

A nice happy snippet today! Very buoyant! Enjoyed the moments between mother and daughter.

Jenna said...

That has got to be the best feeling, buying a new home. Remember when we did, 20 years ago. I hope Jenna stays in love with her new home. Great, feel-good snippet!

Ed Hoornaert said...

It seems the daughter is as excited about this as the mom!

Diane Burton said...

I can feel her pride over owning her first home. Great feeling.