This is another one of my favorite scenes from Simple Gifts, my upcoming release. We’ve seen a few scenes in the past weeks, and today I’ll show you a snippet from when Leila pushes Carene too far for the last time. Leila’s been given conditional medical approval to resume her violin practice, but her wrist still isn’t up to it. Carene makes her stop playing, and Leila flares up in anger. Except this time, Carene isn’t going to stand for it.
(The counting for the sentences is a bit creative this week, but it’s still a short scene. No knuckle-rapping allowed!)
Leila quivered with tears and rage. She struggled against Carene’s hold, forgetting that wounded violin arms were no match for powerful piano hands. “All I’ve done for weeks is rest! Stop coddling me!”
That one word was enough to make Leila bite her tongue and throw back her head to blink away tears. She knew a lecture would be next, and try as she might she could not resist. Carene always had logic on her side, implacable logic that contained too many inconvenient truths for Leila to ignore.
“This is exactly why I said no practice today, and I should have stuck with it. You push and push and push until no one is happy, least of all you. You will put away Achilles and teach Brittany’s lesson, and you’ll tell Ellen that you will be delighted to teach Tyler. Then I will show you what it is like not to be coddled.”
Coming to you on April 24 from LazyDay Publishing!