Wednesday, February 1, 2012

#reading: The Sweater Curse chapter 3, page 3

Today I'll share the last page of chapter 3--and close the book on The Sweater Curse. If you'd like to continue reading visit Decadent Publishing or one of the many other ebook sellers listed on the side bar.

The Sweater Curse

Chapter three

"Grandma Hannah," they cheer.

She bends to scoop them into a warm embrace. They all smile and giggle.

Merrily, the group parades into the house. The youngest holds Grandma's hand.

"Grandma's home, Grandma's home," the children sing to a gaggle of adults.

One of the adults, an old guy--her new husband--is the first to greet her. "Welcome home, darling. I missed you." He wears a buttoned-down, baby-blue shirt and beige trousers. His hair is snow-white, and he sports a well-groomed moustache. He draws her close, and they share a kiss.

"Oh, you two are such love birds," one of the younger women coos.

Oh, look! She's pregnant.

Mother turns to the woman and rubs the swollen tummy. "How are you feeling, dear?"

"Oh, much better. Thank you for your advice."

They share a smile.

Oh, how sweet. I've seen enough.

Mother appears to have changed. She's mellowed, retracted her claws, and no longer sharpens her fangs by gnawing on young flesh.

Her life is full, happy, successful.

Well, hurray for her. It makes me sick.

There isn't a scarp of evidence of Dad's and my existence. No pictures in her office or anywhere in her house. I wonder if she's ever even uttered our names. Does she even think about us?

She didn't mourn. She moved on.

Earlier pages: 

Chapter One 

Chapter Two

Chapter Three, pages one and two
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2 comments:

holessence said...

Leanne -

I have nominated you for the “Versatile Blogger Award.”

The rules as they were provided to me:
Nominate 15 fellow bloggers
Inform the bloggers of their nomination
Share 7 random things about yourself
Thank the blogger who nominated you
Add the versatile blogger award picture to your blog
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You can see the complete list of 15 near the bottom of the comments section of my current post: http://holessence.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/write-or-wrong/#comment-8783

Author Leanne Dyck said...

Wow. What? I'm flattered and a little confused. I've emailed you, Laurie--and hopefully you can clear the fog. : )