Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sweet Saturday Samples - April 20, 2013

Welcome back to Sweet Saturday Samples.

This week I am posting a snippet of a scene featuring an Owen brother you don't hear much about. His name is Benjamin, Ben for short.

Ben waited in the darkness of the lane leading from the Meem Bottom bridge. Before him stood the grand house, the centerpiece of the Strathmore estate owned by Ella Ruth Meem's father.

Ella Ruth was late in arriving to their tryst, but that was to be expected. Ella Ruth was late for every occasion.

He smiled to himself and adjusted his leaning position against the trunk of a tree. If he could have his way, he would scoop her up and run away with her to the nearest place he could legally marry her, but he would bid his time. For a while.

Hearing footsteps, he pushed away from the tree and straightened.

"Ben?" Breathless. Timid. Hopeful.

"I'm here," he called, keeping his voice low.

The footsteps slowed. Hesitant. "Where?"

"Just here," he said, bringing the girl into his arms.

"Oh Ben," she sighed, snuggling against him, her head fitting into the hollow beneath his chin. "I worried you wouldn't come." Her anxiety showed itself in a constrained giggle.

"You can depend on me," he told her, repeating a phrase he'd said so many times before in his attempt to woo and win her.

"You always say that," she said, a little chuckle in her voice.

"I want you to remember it. I want you to know I am true to you. There is no one in my heart but your dear person."

"Oh Ben," she repeated. "It's Pappa you need to convince, not me."

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  1. Uh oh. Trouble with Daddy. Nice excerpt.

    1. Thanks, Elaine! I aim to please.

  2. Oh, what a sweet moment. Of course, it's always papa that needs convincing, isn't it? lol

    1. Hello Sarah. Yes, the older generation always needs to see the light, that one shining in the eyes of the younger generation. [grin] Thanks for visiting!

  3. Yes, it sounds like she's not the problem. Papas always need convincing, don't they? How old is Ben? Is he the youngest? He seems rather sure of himself.

    1. Hi Jenna. Ella Ruth's "pappa" is wealthy, and Ben doesn't own anything. However, he is self-confident. He's the second-born of the Owen children, about 19 at this time.

      Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Thanks, Lindsay! I appreciate your visit.

  5. I gather she had to sneak out of the house and away from Daddy and that's why she was late. But I guess that is also a part of her character, that being late.


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