I'm still dabbling in my edits for Saving Natalie. It's pretty slow-going, so I'm thankful for Wednesdays to give me the incentive to whip something up. Here are five paragraphs from chapter 5 of Saving Natalie in honor of May 1. The action in this chapter takes place about seven months before the events in chapter 1.
Mark was grading papers in his office when Jessica came in. She stood in the doorway, hugging the pink fuzzy bathrobe she got for her sixteenth birthday. Mark put down his pen and studied his daughter.
“Is everything all right?”
Jessica bit the corner of her lip. Mark couldn’t remember if he had seen her out of bed all day. Mark leaned forward and stood up, but the impact of daughter’s words forced him back into his chair.
“I got pregnant.” No warning. No attempt to soften the blow. Mark closed his eyes for one second. Two seconds. When he opened them, his daughter still appeared the same. Jessica stood in the doorway, looking as small as a third-grader.
Swallowing down his hatred toward whatever beast ruined his only child, Mark forced his legs to stand and motioned to his swivel chair. “Have a seat.”
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