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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

From "Pennies On The Dollar" by Sandra McGregor

Almost broke after authoring five N.Y. Times bestsellers... 
 "Hey, lady, are you this woman?”

Beverly started to ignore the young boy staring up at her with hopeful eyes, thrusting a book forward with the back cover facing outward.  She opened her mouth to lie and deny who she was, but paused.  She was already late for an unwanted appointment with destiny and this would make her even later.  With a sigh, she stopped, closed her eyes for a second, and then turned to stare down at the child.

“It’s for my mother,” he continued eagerly, appearing to gain confidence now that he had her attention.  “It’s her birthday and I got it on the table inside the store…with my allowance.” He beamed, displaying a space where a tooth had once been.

He “got it on the table inside.”  That was another way of saying it was on sale, for pennies on the dollar—the story her life had become.

When Beverly turned away, she left the child standing on the sidewalk, staring at her as she escaped.  He was left holding a book he had lovingly bought for his mother.  He was left with a scrawled signature: “To Mommy, Happy Birthday, Beverly Crystal.”


Pamela Mason said...

Sounds intriguing! Wonder why she's broke?

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

That's exactly what I was thinking. Intriguing. :D Opens up some questions, doesn't it?

Sandra McGregor said...

Good evening ladies, Just a hint: There's a man involved that controlled her money...and now she's free of him. This is a woman's fiction about her journey to overcome mistakes in the past...and find herself and love.

Tami Brothers said...

Ohhhhh! I'm reading your Duty Series books but you make me want to bump this one up to the front. My heart stopped for a moment and I thought she was going to walk away from the little boy. After redeeming her, you really made me want to root for her. Can't wait to see how this plays out.


Mary Marvella said...

Excellent and telling scene. You got my attention.

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