Last Wednesday I posted an excerpt from my current WIP. It left some questions unanswered so I thought I’d share the next 27 lines with you, it being the 27th today, and maybe some of those questions will be answered… Melody, almost a complete stranger (she’s only met my heroine once briefly before), has interrupted Anna’s work on her writing and is confiding in her – unasked – about her complicated love life. So here it is:
It couldn’t be the same Will could it? No, surely not, ‘William’ was a common enough name and plenty of people shortened it to ‘Will’.
‘I couldn’t deal with his immaturity and his inability to make an effort in our relationship, you know, to just accept responsibility for his actions some of the time. He could never admit that he was wrong; he constantly expected me to take the blame.’ Melody sighed.
Anna wondered. Could Melody be talking about the Will she knew? There was a chance.
‘So I dumped him,’ Melody continued. ‘Then I moved on and met Richard and things just spun out of control. I love Richard, I do, but everything has happened so fast. We didn’t plan the pregnancy, but now that I’m expecting…I’d rather be married.’ She paused, her gaze fixed unseeing ahead of her. ‘Oh well, at least ‘Morris’ is a better surname than ‘Schoddy’.’
Anna started involuntarily. That was Will’s surname. It was unusual, she’d never heard it before or since, it had to be the same person surely?
‘Are you all right?’ Melody had turned to face her and was giving her an odd look.
‘Er…yes I’m fine.’
‘You don’t know Will, do you?’
‘No…no I heard the name once and it stayed with me,’ Anna lied.
‘Oh. Well maybe you’ve heard of him rather than met him. I don’t think there can be many ‘Schoddys’ in this part of the world. And if you’d met Will, you’d remember him.’
I can’t argue with you there, Anna thought.
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