Happily, I’ve been working on the rebuild of Death Out of Time. To the extent, however, that I’ve drawn a complete blank on a post topic for this week. Even the drafts I have started didn’t trigger any ideas.
So, I thought, how about a few tidbits from the revised opening chapters?
“Maddie? You okay?”
Avery’s voice broke through her thoughts.
“What? Yeah, fine. Just waiting for you two to get acquainted.” She rejoined her brother and Jenna. “Should we continue? I don’t mean to rush you, but I really need to finish this burial today.”
Jenna checked her watch. “You know, how about we do this in your lab next week? It’ll be more comfortable, and I could run some errands. That traffic held me up longer than I thought.”
“Do you have to leave so soon?” Avery asked.
“I should. But I’ll still see you tonight, right?”
“You bet. I’ll meet you at six.”
Madeleine’s lips twitched as Avery’s gaze followed Jenna’s quick steps down the path, returning to the site only when her car had disappeared from view.
Avery sighed. “Well, now that the lovely Jenna’s left, what are we working on?”
“I’m working on a burial. I’m not so sure about you.”
And from a following scene where Madeleine is speaking first:
“How did you get in here? The building’s locked.”
“Er, not the door I used.”
“I’ll have to report that. So where’s your friend?”
“Alexandria,” he said, looking out the rain-lashed window.
“Oh. I would’ve thought Colonial Williamsburg. You’re in the wrong city. This is Arlington. Maybe you should call him for directions.”
“Call him? What’s . . . I mean . . . I can’t. I don’t have a way to reach him.”
Who doesn’t carry a phone? Madeleine wondered. I bet even Civil War reenactors hide one in their uniforms.
“So you don’t know how to get to Alexandria? If you have his address, I could get you directions.”
“You don’t understand. He’s very close. But why aren’t we in Alexandria? Arlington didn’t exist. . . .”
So there they are. I hope you enjoy them—and the rest of the novel when it’s finally complete! Now, if I can just come up with a good idea for next Tuesday….
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