Just a quick mention about Reunion of the Heart – I’m still after people to read it and review it for me. So if you or anyone you know fancy a free copy of Reunion of the Heart in exchange for a fair and honest review, please let me know. Thanks!
OK enough of that and on with today’s WIPpet. It’s another excerpt from my current WIP and… drum roll please… I’ve thought of a title! Yay! I’m thinking of calling it Teaching Him, but I’m not absolutely sure I’m going to keep that title. I’ve looked it up on Amazon and there are a couple of… ahem… erotic novels with those words in the title. But anyway let me know what you think, if you think it’s awful/could be better. I want to know!
This excerpt carries on from the previous two WIPpets which I’ve shared with you. You can read them here and here. Last week we left Rebecca and the nasty parent Jonathan Leavis at an impasse. I’m sharing with nine paragraphs for the ninth month:
Then as she was sitting virtually glaring at him, she was surprised to see his lips twitch. Rebecca thought she was seeing things; seconds ago he’d clearly been so angry. He looked as though he were trying to suppress a smile, though why on earth… Thinking quickly she decided to offer him an olive branch.
‘Mr Leavis, take your complaint to Mrs Morsley if you must. But if it would help I’d be happy to offer Daniel some extra tuition – at no extra cost to you. If he’d be willing to stay behind at school, say one afternoon a week for up to an hour, I could give him a bit of help.’ Though I’m sure Daniel won’t be thrilled by that idea, she thought grimly. And I could certainly do without the extra work. But if it’ll keep Mr Leavis off my back…
‘Yes, all right,’ he replied leaning back in his chair and clasping his hands behind his head, appraising her. A smile played on his lips; the thunderous look had gone.
Rebecca felt self-conscious all of a sudden, as though she were on display and Audi-Man had paid money just to see her squirm. Her face hot, she felt the need to fan herself and she reached for her glass of water, taking a sip. Mr Leavis continued to watch her, a half-smile on his face transforming it into a real human being’s.
‘Good,’ she nodded. ‘I’ll make the arrangements for tutoring Daniel. I think we ought to get this underway as soon as possible.’
‘Agreed,’ he replied leaning towards her. He was so close to her; she could feel his breath gentle on her forehead. As he looked into her eyes, she saw that his were such a dark brown that in the artificial light of the hall, they reminded her of two obsidian stones. She tried hard not to flinch. Why was he behaving so erratically, she wondered. One minute he had in in for her and the next he was being… Well she couldn’t call it charming, but still she was glad he’d stopped glaring at her.
And then he stood up; she stood too and they shook hands. Mr Leavis’ hand was warm and strong in her own. He towered over her, an imposing figure.
‘Goodbye, Miss Engleton,’ he said. ‘I expect we’ll be seeing more of each other.’
‘Goodbye, Mr Leavis,’ she muttered and watched as he strode out of the hall. Rebecca almost fell back into her chair, picked up a piece of paper from the table and fanned her face.
So there you have it. If you would like to take part in WIPpet Wednesday, all you have to do is post an excerpt on your blog of whatever you’ve been working on writing-wise lately. All we ask is that it relates in some way to the date. Then add your name here. Don’t forget to check out all the other WIPpeteers’ contributions.
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