Weekend Writing Warriors 8-Sentence Sunday #4
Last week, I posted a first scene snippet from my current work in progress/revision, The Music Is You. Carrie Halligan’s worst fears are realized when her former lover, symphony conductor Liam Reilly, suddenly appears in the small Michigan town where she’s raising her son as a single mom. Liam’s surprised to see her too, and in this later scene, he’s in his hotel room, trying to wrap his mind around the events in the bar earlier. Here’s another snippet from that book, this time from Liam’s POV.
What he’d recognized was the way she played—leaning into the piano, her slender fingers dancing lightly across the keyboard, emotion caressing each and every note. Only one person in the world played with such passion and effortless grace. Caroline Halligan. Apparently she’d taken a stage name—Beth Davis—but there was no doubt in his mind it was his Carrie at that piano.
He’d sent the request up with the bartender on a whim, then sat stunned by her dismay when she read it. Her eyes had widened in panic as she gazed out into the audience. Then she bolted—not quite the reaction he’d hoped for—or expected.
Even more bewildering was his own reaction to seeing her again—she stole his breath away, exactly as she had the very first time he saw her in Montreal.
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Looks like fun, Skye–I’m in! Thanks!
And was this destiny?
Isn’t everything pretty much destiny, Carol? Thanks for coming by!
Her slender fingers dancing over the keys was as beautiful as the classic requested. But I didn’t expect her to bolt. I thought that playing the classic would give her time to think. Now I want to know why she bolted? What were her feelings? And why did the relationship break up? He was surprised to find her, too. What was he doing there? And how much time will they share in that place?
Thanks, Liz!! 😉
You’ve drawn me in with this snippet. I love his thoughts, and the questions they’ve raised in my mind.
So happy you came by, Paula! More to come!
Cindy Amrhein ( @historysleuth1 )
The tension mounting between this week and last is awesome! Well done.
Thanks, Cindy! Glad you stopped by!
Methinks the lady doth protest too much! That should trigger his chase instinct for sure.
Thanks, Claire! So glad you stopped by! Yes, he’s gonna chase… 😉
Love the “emotion caressing each and every note.” I had to go back and read the first post from this story. Lovely, too. You must be a musician. Sounds like a great story.
Thank you for stopping by, Virginia! Very glad you were intrigued enough to go back and read last week’s snippet. Warms my heart.
I’m a big fan of playing/listening to the piano. This really set the scene for me. So many questions… Why did she run off? Did she not want to be tracked down? Great work!
So glad you stopped by, Natalie! Glad it intrigues you–questions will be answered. Thanks! 😉
Emotional excerpt. I enjoyed it.
Thanks, Elaine! Glad you enjoyed it!
I found your first paragraph beautiful, it pulled me in. Based on the last sentence, I’m predicting fireworks.
Hi Jess, thanks for stopping by. Yup, fireworks… 😉
This story has such different elements in it, with the musicality – loving it! Today’s excerpt was again excellent!
Thank you, Veronica. Hope it continues to interest you. 😉
Nice change on the POV. Wow! I’m intrigued. Why did she bolt?? Whatever happened in the past is something I want to read about. Great tension building.
You paint a beautiful visual. “…her slender fingers dancing lightly across the keyboard, emotion caressing each and every note.”
Thanks, Teresa! I’m glad his image of her came through. 😉
The music is you about musician and conductors – interesting choice. I am “assuming” you are a musician or love music. Love to watch conductors –
I confess I had a crush on a conductor who was married to a friend of my mom’s when I was a teenager. I’m not a musician, but I love classical music and the whole idea of orchestras. Thanks for stopping by, Sue!
That’s fantastic! Liam’s POV is a real treat to read.
Thanks, Kate! So glad you came by!
Lovely, Nan. I’m looking forward to reading the book. So get it published. ASAP! : )
Hey Roben! Thanks for coming by! I’m trying, baby–I am trying! 😉
Love the emotion! Great job. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Jennifer. I appreciate you stopping by and taking time to comment.
Oh man, I REALLY want to read this book!
Thanks, Skye! So glad you came by! You will get to read this book–very soon, I hope!
I LOVE getting his POV here. It definitely sets the stage for interesting conflict. She panics, but he was hoping for what? I also like that he didn’t recognize her by her beauty, but by how she played. It says a lot.
Thanks for coming by, Shannyn. They’ve got a lot of stuff to work through, but he’s my dream guy–arty and sensitive and sexy. How can we lose really? 😉