Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Snippets with Ginger Simpson #SundaySnips

I'm baaackkkk, and it's time for another sampling.  Today I'm offering six paragraphs from "Odessa" a western historical that hasn't gotten much press.

Odessa Clay struggled to lift the overturned wagon off her father.  Her muscles burned and splinters dug into her palms, but Papa’s ashen face and eyes squinting with pain inspired her determination. She bit her bottom lip and struggled to stay calm.
“God, please help me,” she muttered through clenched teeth, as she pushed, shoved, and lifted with every ounce of strength she had left. The veins in the backs of her hands bulged, but the wagon didn’t budge. At one hundred pounds and barely five feet tall, she proved no match for solid wood. Her chest heaved and each breath took effort. She brushed sweat-dampened hair from her brow and knelt. All her struggling had only succeeded in setting the left rear wheel into a slow spin and creating an eerie whirring in the silence.
“Hold on, Papa. I’ll find some way to help you.”   Her nails bit into her fisted palms.
 His pale features contorted, and fear clutched her heart. She rose and stared up and down the trail. Nothing stirred except the hot wind that whipped her long hair into tangles and sent a dust funnel swirling in the distance.
Turning her attention back to her father, she again attempted to lift the wagon’s cumbersome weight and failed. 

“Can anyone hear me,” she screamed, searching the trail again.

Cover by Dawne Dominique
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1 comment:

Connie Vines said...

Ginger, I am so glad you are back on Sunday Snippets.
I added you to my page link this morning :-).

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