This week, I'm sharing six paragraphs from a scene in Time Tantrums, in which a pioneer woman and a modern day female attorney switches places and time...or and husbands who think the woman is his wife. In this scene, starts, Mariah's journey to the future:
“Pa, can we stop please? I need to pee real bad.” Jacob’s voice held an urgent tone.
Frank reined the horses next to a boulder. “Here ya go, son, this should give you some privacy.
Jacob scurried behind the large rock and reappeared, moments later, fastening his pants and smiling. “Thanks, Pa, I feel better now.”
When Jacob was back in his seat, Frank flicked the reins. “Giddyap,” he yelled.
The horses failed to respond. Instead, they whinnied, snorted and reared back on their hind legs. One animal turned its face, displaying eyes wide with fear. The distinct rattle of more than one snake came from nearby, and Mariah instinctively knew Jacob had disturbed their nest.
“Rattlesnakes!” Frank had heard it, too. “Hold on, everyone.” He leaned back and yanked the reins. “C’mon, girls, calm down. Whoa... whoa.”
The wagon rolled backwards and jostled from side to side on the uneven ground. The frightened animals bolted into a dead run through deep grass and thistles off the beaten path. Mariah grasped the side and bottom of the seat so tightly that splinters pierced her fingers. Concerned with the safety of her children, she sucked her bottom lip between her teeth and glanced over her shoulder. Callie and Jacob clung to each other, their eyes saucer-like.
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