#SnippetSunday – Hard-Boiled/Noir WIP – January 18, 2014
Snippet Sunday is a Facebook group for writers I’ve been privileged enough to have been accepted into.
From the group guidelines; “Welcome to Snippet Sunday, where writers come together to share a few sentences of their current project–whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.”
This week’s snippet continues the early slice of the WIP I posted from last week. Our hero, Jake, has just rolled into town and is checking out the accommodations. The narrative picks up exactly where last week’s left off…
She laughed while I scribbled my name and license plate number down. She had a nice laugh, throaty and well-used.
“What brings you all the way out here, Mr. Tunner?” she asked, glancing at the register.
“Ran out of eastbound road,” I replied. “And please, call me Jake.”
I spun the register book around and slid it her way.
“Fair enough, Jake. I’m Evangeline.”
She did not offer to shake hands.
“Most folks who call me home are in town working for the summer,” she continued. “We don’t get much tourist trade, especially after season.”
“That’s good,” I said. “Never thought of myself as a tourist. I’m more, I don’t know, how can I put this?”
She leaned forward, resting her arms on her side of the desk.
“You’re looking for something, Jake. You probably don’t even know what it is you’re looking for, but you’re looking just the same.”
“That’s… That’s exactly it.”
She dropped a conspiratorial smile on me. I couldn’t help but smile back.
“Mind if I steal that line from you?” I asked her.
“Mi casa es su casa,” she said, turning to select a room key from the board behind her. “That goes double if you break anything.”
I paid her for a week’s stay. She handed over the key to room fourteen.
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