First Sentence Fridays! CHAPTER NINE

I’ve watched commercials on TV where they show one of those nice bathtubs you can step in, shut a door, and let it fill up, targeted towards the elderly, or perhaps individuals who have difficulty lifting their legs, or with balance issues, etc.  One particular ads touts how quickly the water drains – in less than two minutes!  Think about that, though.  Can you imagine pulling the plug in your bathtub and then waiting at least two minutes for the water to get low enough so you can get out?  It begins to seem like a long time – to me anyway.  I suppose you could have a bath towel there to wrap around your shoulders if you get cold.  And your cell phone, maybe play a quick game of Solitaire.

I thought about those “slow” draining tubs when I looked at the sentence for this upcoming week.  I’d mentioned I’ve used some historic facts in BITTERSWEET, but what I might not have told you is I begin the story after a second hurricane (which is what actually has happened in our mountains here several times, 1916, 1940 and 2004).  Anyway, the time frame in BITTERSWEET is 1940.  In the beginning at some point, I allude to the fact my characters were still cleaning up from the first storm.  When the second one comes, I could picture full to capacity water tables like this:

AND, a slow draining tub.

Meaning, they sure didn’t need any more rain.  There’s no controlling Mother Nature though.  My husband likes to fly fish and his favorite spot is the Linville River.  When we’ve gone a few times they’ve had some steady precipitation, and it’s amazing how quick the river rose, and how long it took to return to a state that was good for fishing.  (slower, shallower)

This is why Wallis Ann is discouraged as the rain seems to keep coming.

CHAPTER NINE

A drizzling rain fell in the early morning, and I wondered how Stampers Creek or the Tuckasegee would ever shrink to normal size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Publishers Lunch BUZZ BOOK Fall/Winter 2017, and a SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Trio Pick for 2018, THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET releases December 26th, 2017.  

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