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Sorry the linky reset was late this week! (I don’t actually know if anyone noticed but just in case). I usually reset it on a Tuesday night but I had an extra choir rehearsal last night and I was there when my reminder went off. Anyway. It’s all set now.
For the WIPpet this week, I have eleven lines of text from my Scrivener document. My WIPpet math is (2+0+1+8) – (2+7). This is from an earlier chapter, set just after Rosa’s mother has realised that Rosa has visions of the future, but before Rosa realises the extent of her mother’s problems with the fact. Rosa is about 14 at this stage.
One afternoon, I declared that Aunt Penelope, Mother’s sister, would be visiting the following afternoon. When the knock came at the door and minutes later, the butler announced Aunt Penelope, I saw Mother cross herself. She and Aunt Penelope often didn’t see eye-to-eye, so at first I thought she was asking for the strength to not lose her temper over afternoon tea. But I saw her glance at me, frowning, and I realised it was the fact I had been right that bothered her.
I ended up excusing myself from my aunt’s visit. She was going to just comment on the usual things: my weight, my lack of accomplishments, and how unlikely it was I would ever find a husband in the next few years unless I seriously improved on the first two issues. I’d heard it all dozens of times before.
I reemerged after Aunt Penelope had left, and Mother’s face immediately creased into another frown at the sight of me. I noticed she was clutching at her rosary beads.
“Rosa, we need to have a talk,” she said. “Sit down.”
Well, that sounds ominous. Spoiler: it doesn’t end well for Rosa. But if it did, then there would be no story, and that would be boring.
P. S. If you’re interested, I still talk about what I’m reading over on my other blog every Wednesday. You can read today’s here.