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FPP#11: How She Felt about Him

Lilac and wisteria, spring blossoms and short-sleeve shirts. This week's first paragraph is sponsored by the birds and the bees and by falling for better (or sometimes for worse) in love.

There were times when she wished he were dead. Not that she's never met him, or that he'd never been born, but that he'd get hit by a car or get himself killed in some other violent way like a bar fight, or his arm would get caught in a machine and he would bleed to death before anyone could save him. And she wished that in those final moments, when he felt his life draining from him, that he'd understand what a bastard he was, what a waste of life. She could envision him, his blood pooling in a black kidney-shaped puddle beneath him as he repented in terror, understanding with a final clarity that he was about to pay for the man he was. In those dark moments he'd be sorry, so sorry. But it would be too late. That's how she felt about him.

For worse, it sounds, this time. Full disclosure: I have never wished someone would get his arm caught in a machine and bleed to death before anyone could save him. As far as I know, no one has wished the fate on me.

Who is he and what do you figure he did to make she so angry? Got a theory? Do share. (Maybe these two never loved each other to begin with?)

Meanwhile: Thanks to Richard, Lisa, Liz, and every other friendly face at Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, for hosting us Powell's folk in your beautiful city. I hereby nominate Square Books Jr. for Best Kids' Bookstore ever.

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Books mentioned in this post

  1. The Traveling Death and Resurrection...
    Used Trade Paper $4.95
  2. Beautiful Lies: A Novel Used Hardcover $3.50

Dave is the author of Out of the Book, Volume 3: State by State

4 Responses to "FPP#11: How She Felt about Him"

    e April 4th, 2006 at 6:39 am

    Hmm - I am intrigued by this paragraph, that's for sure. It's very dark and humorous. I would read on.

    Venkman April 4th, 2006 at 3:55 pm

    Black as pitch.

    I like it. And yes, I can relate to it.

    Coby April 4th, 2006 at 10:20 pm

    i like how pissed off she is, how unambiguous she is at the start -- because i'm assuming that she's really a lot more confused about this person (or she WAS a great deal more confused) at some time in the not-too-distant past. the writing... i'm not sure about the writing, but i'm already drawn in and that might be enough.

    antonogurl April 5th, 2006 at 9:51 am

    How do they know my thoughts? Ha ha ha ha! ha ha!

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