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We have a picture prompt this week so the excerpt is written to reflect the image and must be three hundred words or under. Today`s excerpt is the beginning of the chapter nine for Wind in White Birch.
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I was trying to spit clean the dried yolk from my son`s face. It was a lesson in exasperation for me, him, and it seemed the driver as well.
“Dana, just leave the kid alone, okay? We're not going to meet the President,” Jonah huffed. “Turn around and enjoy the ride,” he added in a softer tone.
“Yeah Mom, just leave the kid alone!” Rhett slapped his arms over his chest.
“Two against one isn`t fair,” I said, returning to face forward. The rolling countryside was a canvas of varying shades of white and gray. I imagined a luxurious table setting for two, just like the one Jonah and I shared on our first date. It helped break up the monotony of the view and made me feel fuzzy inside.
“We men have to stick together in the war against mom spit.” Jonah raised his hand for - and received - a very hearty high five from the backseat rider. Rhett cranked his red and white kids MP3 player up to dangerous ear safety levels. Jonah grabbed his travel mug of coffee with his freshly slapped hand.
“You weren`t complaining about mom spit the last time we kissed,” I muttered. The man at my left nearly spewed his mouthful of java across the windshield. I smiled smugly as Mr. Big Deer dabbed at the front of his coat.
“Damn Dana, the things you say,” he teased, reaching over to squeeze my knee. I was proud as punch. Rhett was singing along to 1985 sung by a group of kids instead of Bowling for Soup. He flatly refused to listen to the toddler songs he had loved before he went to kindergarten. I suspect some older kid (probably a third or fourth grader) teased him for his collection of Barney songs. Sometimes I wish he never had to leave my side or the innocence of time before school.
Copyright 2013 ©by V.L. Locey
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