Pulling up the Bootstraps. It’s a 6.

Some of you have read an excerpt or two from my wip, “Annaliese’s Dream”… today, I offer another. Hope you enjoy.

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The wedding dress, off white, silk satin A line, off the shoulder sleeveless, hung on the bedroom closet door like a solitary oak leaf resisting fall’s inevitable call to winter, shrine to the day that never was.

Waking slowly, Annaliese shaded half opened eyes from a light too bright, beaming through the windows, the sun already risen for more hours than she’d been asleep. She couldn’t remember exactly when she’d gone to bed, didn’t really care; having no interest in getting up, she rolled over, arms reaching for Ian’s side of the bed.

Instead of  feeling her fiancé’s warm, well muscled flesh, instead of seductively sliding over for some early morning spooning, her hands felt the still chilled contours of a bottle tangled up in the blankets; a distant light bulb began to glimmer. Señor Patrón had beckoned a little after midnight; her welcome wearing thin at her own pity party, Annaliese gave herself fully and willingly, despair having dispatched her closer to the edge of the cliff.

Months had passed since the Feds last came to the house searching for whatever it was they were searching for; her own novice detective work having produced nothing, she was no closer to learning about what clearly was Ian’s double life, until last night when she literally, in a gesture of nostalgic self-indulgence, stumbled on their joint “pack, re-pack, go through later” box; there, buried beneath their memories, hiding in plain sight, was a tablet.

22 thoughts on “Pulling up the Bootstraps. It’s a 6.

  1. UP January 16, 2020 / 9:02 am

    This is excellent. Often times the “truth in plain sight” is the hardest to see. Love it!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 16, 2020 / 11:08 am

      Thanks, Paul. For certain. Her accidental discovery will answer some of her questions about who Ian was in the “other” life and at the same time generate even more questions, ultimately dragging her into a world of international espionage .


    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 16, 2020 / 11:12 am

      Click on the link in intro – “Annaliese’s Dream”. Will give you a general idea. Have only posted a couple of “scenes” but it’s been a little while 😉


  2. Lisa A. Listwa January 16, 2020 / 10:00 am

    Love this bit – shrine to the day that never was. And OOH, interesting! I think I’d love to read more of this. Is the other excerpt here on your blog?

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 16, 2020 / 11:15 am

      Hey, stranger! 😁
      Thanks, Lisa. Go up to the top of the post. In the intro, click link at “Annaliese’s Dream”. Will give you an idea of the story developing.


  3. Clark Scottroger January 16, 2020 / 11:24 am

    One might be tempted to think that, perhaps, Mr. Devereaux has not been as forthcoming as one would like. Purely in the interest of biographic antisepsis, of course.

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  4. Pratibha January 16, 2020 / 1:37 pm

    Intriguing .. Will check for more parts shortly and wait for the whole novel 🙂

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  5. Pat Brockett January 16, 2020 / 5:15 pm

    Glad you are going on with this. I had to go back and read Annaliese’s Dream. I wonder what she is going to discover in the tablet.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 16, 2020 / 8:24 pm

      Thank you, Pat. My intention is to devote more time to this story this year. Me too, lol.


    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 16, 2020 / 8:51 pm

      I do as well. Hopefully, I will have many more installments this year!


  6. D. Avery @shiftnshake January 16, 2020 / 7:37 pm

    A tablet, a bottle of Señor Patron, a bad beginning to a good story that is ongoing. A shot of intrigue. Served chilled. Cool.


  7. Lisa Tomey January 17, 2020 / 4:00 pm

    Amazing! What a way to pull in the reader! Can’t wait to see what she finds out. And then the music… Goodness!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 17, 2020 / 10:15 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! Yeah, It’ll be a lot for her to process but she’s determined now.
      So glad you enjoyed the music 🙂

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