Saturday, 16 April 2016

#A-Z Challenge [2016]

Not knowing the extent of the rift between Jess and her husband Steven, plus the barrels of wine she must have consumed at Rick’s, made for a restless night for Marianne. She fell in and out of fitful sleep, worried about her sister, the children, and how she could help.
She got up before Jess and brewed some strong coffee. She was pouring a second mug when Jess appeared at the kitchen door.
“Who put the sun in the kitchen,” Jess said, shielding her eyes from the faint light coming through the blinds, and sat at the table. “Close the blinds.”
“They are closed,” Marianne said. “Here, have some of this, it’ll help.” She poured her sister some coffee.
“Have you got any sunglasses around here, Mari?”
“Here.” Marianne slid the sunglasses she’d been wearing earlier across the table. It wasn’t an unreasonable request by any means. “So?”
“So what?” Jess said gulping some coffee and letting out a satisfied ‘ah’.
“Do you want to talk about Steven?”
“Steven? Why?”
“Last night you said -”
“Forget last night. I was drunk. I haven’t a clue what what was going on. Did we see George Clooney?”
“We saw Richard, with the girl half his age. But forget that. I’ve been worrying all night about you.”
“Well stop. It’s under control and I don’t want to talk about it. I’ll get a shower and go. I promised the kids a trip to the cinema and McDonald’s. Probably fall asleep in the cinema but Steven’ll wake me when it’s over. Bit like our sex life really.” Her voice was light as she made her way to the door. She stopped and turned. “I’m kidding. You worry too much.”
As she disappeared, Marianne couldn’t help but worry. All those years of boring Jess senseless about her not being able to conceive, the divorce, finding a new job, and here was her sister crying out for help. She was overcome with guilt. The whole business with Richard was nothing. Her sister needed her.


  1. Yeah, I think her sister is pretending things aren't as bad as they seem. George Clooney can wait (how often does one get to say that?!)

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  2. I hope she is able to help her sister because Jess sounds like she does indeed need a bit of helping!


  3. Wonderful dialogue. Thanks for the read.

    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

  4. Nothing like her sisters situation to sober her up regarding her upcoming date. But no, he doesn't owe her a thing. Just say'n! LOL
    Another good excerpt!


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