Thursday, March 28, 2013

Boomer Lit Friday – March 29

Today's Boomer Lit Friday excerpt is from Chapter 4 of THE PRINCE CHARMING HOAX, the story of best friends Leah Gold and Roxanne Stein, two boomer women trying to break free of the “happily ever after” fairy tale myth of their childhoods.

We're joining Leah in Chapter 4, which takes place a little later on the same morning as the previous Boomer Lit Friday excerpt.

Leah's gaze traveled to the shelf above her desk. “Doug, how could you do this to me?” she glared at his photo. “I trusted you, and you betrayed me.”

She grabbed the picture frame and threw it inside the top drawer of her file cabinet that held all the mementos of their times together. The drawer was brimming with ticket stubs, postcards Doug sent her from his international business travel, press clippings, and more. Leah slammed the drawer shut, but didn’t feel better.

“That’s not far enough away from me, you prick.” She grabbed a carton and scooped out the contents of the drawer, dumping it all into the box.

Leah was momentarily tempted to rummage through the pile of photos, handwritten love notes, matchbooks from restaurants, hotel room keycards, and maps from cities where they had traveled together. But she resisted the urge, knowing it would only make her feel worse. Instead, she stood up and kicked the box.

“That’s it? That’s what our whole time together amounts to? I can fit it all in one stinking box,” she said as she sealed the top.

Can getting over a betrayal be as easy as packing your memories up in a box? Find out...
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  1. I find hat kicking the box often helps a lot. Good post.

  2. Love it! Yes, kicking the box is just the way I'd do it too!

  3. Thank you for "hopping" by and leaving feedback, Kathleen, Michael & Claude. Yes, I think many women can find something of themselves in Leah...or at least recognize her as someone they know ;-)

  4. Yep, she's someone I know for sure! Nice job, Shelley!
    Cheers! Marsha

  5. I love this scene. You've done a great job of showing Leah's anger and frustration. If I were Leah, I'd kick the box too!

  6. Good for Leah. Although initially I liked Doug, she did the right thing. This is a good excerpt that will intrigue readers to find out more.

  7. That's like my tagline, "Sixty is the new seventeen." Will we ever learn? I hope Leah does.

  8. Great excerpt. Leah seems very familiar. Time for her to grow.