Sunday, May 13, 2012

Six-sentence Sunday: The Mother's Day edition

Since today is Mother's Day, this six-sentence sample from The Bones of the Earth is an interaction between the main character, Javor, and his mother, Ketia (remember, no matter how outlandish they may seem to you, all the names are historical).

This is from a flashback, where Javor remembers helping his mother pick beans in the garden just before his birthday. 

Ketia stopped picking beans and reached up high to touch Javor’s cheek gently, tears wetting her face. “You’re so big,” she said with a sad smile. “I never would have thought my baby would grow to be so tall.” She turned away and pretended to look under the leaves for more beans, but Javor heard her sniff.

Sitting in the darkness beside the snoring Photius, Javor scolded himself. Why did I make my mother cry? Idiot!

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  1. Nice Six -- intriguing, and I love the way Javor chides himself. =D

  2. Found you added to the list. I try and visit new ones each week. I like your excerpt and definitely want to check out the book, now that I know it's published work I can find. Also agreed with you on the blog below for Mad Men. Definite change, not for better. I've stopped watching. Good luck!

  3. Aww, he doesn't understand that they were happy tears. I like the names that you used--historically correct and all. :) This is a lovely flashback, very touching and fitting for mother's day.

    1. Not understanding other people's emotions is a deep part of what makes Javor, Javor.

  4. It's too bad kids don't understand that moms cry when their happy, sad, proud, angry, etc. etc. Great six - perfect for Mother's Day. Enjoy your Sunday!

  5. Aw, he didn't understand happy tears. Great six for mother's day.