Better than I’d hoped

Sundays are usually horrible days for me to write. I call my mother and spend about an hour with her. There are general chores and such that I earmark for Sundays. I might gain an hour or so, but usually don’t.

For whatever reason, probably having the house to myself, I managed some quality time. I stayed with Mari’s story, and feel kind of bad about it.

I left poor Lizzie handcuffed outside of a secure Federal agency in the grass. She didn’t do anything wrong, but she’s been there for a couple of weeks now. Next weekend I’ll get what amounts to my last flex day ever and might return to help her out.

Mari’s rescue was complete. She lost four or five days in an unconscious state. Sun, fire ants, and abuse will do that to you in my story.

Her rescuer is Kelilah, and she survived the war Mari only sees the remnants of. As Mari got her legs under her, she started checking the fish traps and figured out how they work. A neat skill for someone traveling through swamp country.

Kelilah also told her bits and pieces about the war. Not too many speak of it, so this was a rare opportunity for her to learn something about the previous world.

This conversation peppered a scene where Mari learned how to throw a box of knives Kelilah had collected from her old military unit as they were killed. These Arkansas toothpicks were a symbol of the scouts.

They also spent some quality time learning how to knife fight, and it’s more brutal than just trying to stab someone.

Bath time also came along which involved a trough and heating water on an outdoor stove Kelilah had built. This is where Mari learned one of her attackers, the same ones who killed her family, wrote his name across her ass. It will wash away eventually, but someone named “Keefe” made it to the top of her death list.

As the bruises heal, and the deep tissues start feeling better, Mari and Kelilah are heading for a distant community to forage. There are quality fruit trees and things there. I’ll have Kelilah reveal a bit more about the past as this section expands. For now, they have to wait until I get some more writing time.

With no expectations, my word count exceeded yesterdays. I always struggle with transitions, and now that I made them the story flowed better. Mari’s skill set is growing by leaps and bounds. She has two clues to work with, Keefe and someone with a yellow handled machete. Much better than the laughing silhouettes from her personal attack.

Still raining in Idaho. Now that the weekend is over, I’m sure it will return to sunny days and high temperatures. Heaven forbid we get a nice weekend. For those of you wondering, Old What’s Her Face pulled in about an hour ago and had a great time with her brother and our grandson.

Hope all of you had wonderful weekends, and have a great week ahead of you.

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26 responses to “Better than I’d hoped

  1. Gwen M. Plano

    Slowly but surely the story unfolds. Great job, Craig. Even with the complications, you’ve found time/space to write. In our area, we lost electricity for a couple of hours. I’m not sure if it’s because of the heat or the wind — both are intense right now. Hope you get some sunshine — we’re praying for rain. 🌦

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  2. Sounds like amazing progress. Hope you have a great week.

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  3. Poor Lizzie! You’ve left her in a pickle. But you’re not being any nicer to Mari:) Sounds like lots of tension. Both books sound interesting. Hope it rains like crazy and gets it out of its system, so you have a nice weekend. Good luck, Craig!

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  4. Sounds like some good writing time even though Lizzie is handcuffed and has been for two weeks. 🙂 She’ll be okay. Sorry your flex time is ending. Glad you were able to take advantage this weekend.

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  5. Victoria Zigler

    Sounds like you had a fantastic and productive weekend. And I’m glad your wife enjoyed her weekend too.

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  6. Your amazing productivity seemed to have rubbed off on me yesterday, as I made such progress with the WIP. On a blooming Sunday too!

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  7. Poor Lizzie! I’m sure you’ll get to her soon. When she and hat ask where you’ve been, blame the weather. It’s been crazy.

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  8. Sounds like fab progress, Craig! 💕🙂

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  9. Lizzie will probably have some choice words for you once you get back to her, lol.

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  10. I’m always glad when it goes your way

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  11. Sounds like you got a lot done. That always feels good.

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  12. Still better than me. I managed a few words. Hopefully Lizzie gets out of her jam soon.

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  13. Ah poor Lizzie, you need to help her Craig. I seem to remember reading something about your flex days and their ending but I can’t remember when or why. That’s going to be a bit rotten. Will you be a 5 day working week again like the rest of us poor sods?

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