Saturday, August 20, 2011

26th Six Sentence Sunday - Josephine's new job delays a visit to her old friend

Six sentences from Larger Than Death. Jo accepts a job investigating charity groups for multibillionaire philanthropist Alica Madrone, unfortunately she will be reporting directly to Ambrose, Mrs. Madrone's very exacting assistant, which makes her hesitate to take time off to visit Nina, a troubled friend.

The idea of telling Ambrose I would be late with the report made a chill run down my spine. Mrs. Madrone's special assistant never warmed to me and I was not about to do less than my best under his critical eye. The day of the actual report came and Mrs. Madrone seemed pleased with it, so finally I could go see my best friend.

As I drove the rental car into Seattle I realized that although we spoke by phone every few weeks, I hadn't laid eyes on Nina in the nearly two years since my marriage broke up. I wanted to get an infusion of her splendid vitality.

I never expected to find the police on her doorstep.


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14 comments:

  1. Juicy!! Fantastic six. I'm totally intrigued. Thank you.

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  2. Oh, that last line left me wanting to read more. Such intrigue!

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  3. Whoa, not good to pull up to a friend's house and be greeted by the police. Great Six!

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  4. Hooked me in... I want more! Kudos on an excellent six xx

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  5. Ooh! I really want to know what happened!

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  6. Wow. That last line was amazing.

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  7. gotta see friends more often - a lesson there - good hook :D

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  8. Thanks, Alix & Gem!

    Jessica, JoAnne, Rebecca, glad the cliffhanger worked...feeling just a little guilty that next week I'll be posting six from The Falstaff Vampire Files!

    Thanks Dee!

    Good point about seeing friends, Sassy, thanks!

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  9. Wah, I want to know why they're there, too!

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  10. Thanks, Vivien!

    Sorry to be so late commenting on everyone else's sixes--work for pay reared its ugly head, I'll catch up over the next few days!

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  11. That's quite a cliffhanger!!

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  12. I was a little confused by the first paragraph since the first line suggests she's going to be late withe report, but the final line of the paragraph gives no mention if she was/was not late, nor mentions Ambrose's reaction (since she reports directly to him, not Mrs. Madrone). It felt like there was a missing sentence there or something.

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  13. Thanks, Bree, no remedy for a cliffhanger except the book itself.

    Sorry for any confusion, 1000th monkey, the snippet may not make it clear that Jo decided not to visit her friend, who asked her to come early for mysterious reasons. Jo put her off to make sure that her report was no time. Also Jo deals with Ambrose on a daily basis and makes reports to Mrs. Madrone when her assessment is done. Neither of those would appreciate a late report but Ambrose's sharp words would be particularly chilling.

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  14. oops that should have been "to be sure that her report was ON time" sigh.

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