Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sweet Saturday Samples - October 19, 2013

Welcome back to Sweet Saturday Samples. In this tidbit from my work-in-progress, Gone For a Soldier, Rulon Owen's father-in-law Randolph Hilbrands makes him a present of a dashing cavalry hat.

"Ah," Rand said again, evidently satisfied with the answer. "Have you a hat?"

"My everyday one is all, sir."

"That will not do." Mr. Hilbrands arose and went to the sideboard, where he opened a door and drew forth a slouch hat decorated with a black plume and held up on one side with a pin. He brought it to the table and reseated himself. "Now this is an acceptable hat for a cavalryman," he said, holding the headgear in reverent hands. "It is after the fashion of the one worn by Colonel J.E.B. Stuart himself. I imagine he will be your ultimate commander."

Rulon gulped. "I reckon that's a mighty fine hat, sir," he managed to say. "Much obliged."

"The best available."

Such a well-meant gift, but it will cause Rulon much embarrassment in coming days.

I hope you enjoyed this sample from my work-in-progress, Gone For a Soldier, set during the American Civil War. Thank you for visiting. I love to read your comments, so if anything in the sample compels you to speak up, rest assured that I eventually read what you write and will reply, if needed. Questions? I'm open to them, too.

Please come back next Saturday for another sample. Thank you!

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