It is WIPpet Wednesday. Many thanks to Emily Witt, who initiated this wonderful WIPpet gathering. I am not going freak out about how I am doing. It has been rough and still is. I am still running behind; the container is still in my driveway, and my basement/office is drying out so that the workers can put in new floors and doors. Meanwhile, there is a steady booming from the machines that are sucking the water out of the fundament. For a woman who treasures her silence, these are trying times.
It is time for me to share the books I have read, what I'm reading, and what I plan to read in the future and my WIPpet for this week.
So, here goes:
- What have I read?
Magnolia Secrets by Beth Hale. I loved the book and have posted the link to my book review here.
What am I reading?
- What do I plan to read next?
The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seumas Gallacher and Flash 40 Life’s Moments by
Even though challenges are abounding in my life, I am still working on the final revision of my manuscript so that I can submit it back to my writing coach/book editor by the middle of August and concentrate on books by authors who have agent contracts with agencies I would like to send my submission.
My WIPpet is 34 (27+7 for the month and the day and I hope my math is correct.)
An introduction to what is happening in this scene: Daniel is driving Phoebe home. Here we learn something about Daniel that Phoebe doesn’t know.
Expecting to be bombarded with questions, Phoebe clutched her armrest waiting on Daniel to attack her. Her heart beat frantically; edgy, not knowing Daniel’s intentions, she felt herself began to hyperventilate and tighten her hold on her armrest as she inhaled and exhaled slowly to calm down her breathing.
Daniel felt her tension. As he drove, he wondered how he was going to break to Phoebe the fact that the quads were his boys. When he had first received the letter dated four and a half years ago, he had thought it was a prank. Never would he have thought that Shirley, his ex-girlfriend, would give him quadruplet boys. He glanced at Phoebe sitting beside him; her right hand holding on to the armrest as if she feared for her life.
“Am I driving too fast for you?”
“No, it’s okay.”
“Then, why are you holding on your armrest? Are you scared?”
“I’m just waiting.”
“For you tell me what this is all about?”
“Phoebe, you’re tired, and I’m driving you home.”
“Since when have you been concerned about me being tired?”
“As of today.”
“Pardon me! You and I have been on the warpath for the past year and a half, and now you’re calling me Phoebe when you could barely say Ms. Ward without sarcasm in your voice, and you’re driving me home as if that was the most natural thing in the world. I’m not crazy. You’re up to something! But why should I let that bother me? As of tomorrow, I’m no longer working for you.”
“Have you finished exploding?” Daniel asked calmly.
“Because you’re not leaving the company tomorrow. Read your contract. You have a six months notice, and it is up to my discretion to let you out of your contract before then, and I’m not going to do that.”
“And why not?”
“Because we need to talk about something that is important to the both of us. I’d planned to speak to you about the problem this morning, but you know what happened. I lost my temper, and I’m sorry about that and what I said to you.”
“I have no idea where you coming from. As for this morning, I’m used to your abuse.”
“Why can’t you accept my apology, Phoebe?”
“Because I don’t want to. I want out of your company and your presence.”
“You know, Phoebe, everyone in the company talks about your compassion, but I don’t feel any of that compassion flowing my way. Am I not entitled to it too?”
“You want me to show you compassion?”
“What’s so wrong with it? Or is it only certain people that you choose to bestow mercy upon?”
“How did we even get into this conversation? I’m tired,” Phoebe said.
“You may sit back and rest after you answer my question.”
“Which question? You’ve asked so many that I’ve forgotten.”
“You haven’t forgotten a thing, Phoebe, but to show you that I am not planning to attack you, I want to know if I can expect you to be compassionate toward me?
“Will you change your mind and accept my termination, if I say yes?”
“Now that’s blackmail.”
Phoebe laughed. “How does it feel when the shoe is on the other foot?”
“Not good. Are you going to show compassion toward me?”
“I’ll try Daniel, but it’s not going to be easy. You and I have been on the battlefield so long.”
“All I’m asking Phoebe is that you try. You and I have an important issue coming at us, and I need to know that you aren’t going to let past rivalries and resentments make a decision for you.”
“If you’re talking about the upcoming merger and my meeting my old boyfriend/boss again, you have nothing to worry about. I’m over that and glad to be rid of him.”
That’s all, folks.
Until next week,