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Tiaras and Trucks

Friday, November 18, 2011

Turn Down the Heat

“Keep your scarf on,” Cate hissed at Greta under her breath, straightening her gloves.

“I’m sweating,” Greta said, loosening the soft wool.

Jenna’s comfortable sedan was blasting heat. Cate and Greta had claimed the backseat, Cate stretching her legs on the seat amongst magazines, strawberry Twizzlers, and diet Coke.

“Let’s listen to Christmas music. We are going Christmas shopping,” Claire said.

Cate and Greta exchanged a quick glance, and Greta ducked into an extra-thick fashion magazine, letting her hair fall over her face.

“I made this playlist just for today!” Jenna protested.

“So you and Chase are getting serious?” Claire asked, Christmas music forgotten.

“That’s the craziest news of the holiday season, isn’t it?” Cate said lightly, catching Greta’s eye across the plush seats.

“You and Chase? I’d say you’ve made it a point to define crazy,” Greta agreed amicably.

Sensing a subtle shift in the energy of the car, Jenna flipped down her rearview mirror so she could see most of the back seat.

“Catherine Jane. Talk.”

“I thought we were talking,” Cate said. Greta bit her lip, laughter threatening to escape.

“I’m confused,” Claire spoke up. “I thought we were just going Christmas shopping?”

Cate glanced at Greta, who might have nodded.

“It’s going to come out eventually.”

“What’s going to-“

Cate smiled at Greta, who said, “You can’t wear gloves all night.”

“Wear gloves?” Claire asked, but Jenna swerved the car to the shoulder and leaned over the back of the seat.

“Are you crazy?” she asked, grabbing at Cate’s fuzzy gloves.

Mirthful, Cate let her pull it off.

“We’re not just going Christmas shopping!”

Light caught the diamond on Cate’s left hand, sparkling into dancing colors.

“My maid of honor and I would like to invite you on my first wedding dress shopping trip.”
Write On Edge: Red-Writing-Hood
the prompt:
This week, we’d like you to take us on an actual journey, specifically a road trip.

This is part of Greta's story, which is also my NaNoWriMo project and now over 30,000 words.  Some of them can be found in Greta's Story.

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18 Comments:

  • At November 18, 2011 at 8:04 AM , Anonymous Kir said...

    OH I loved this, I got a little lost with EVERYONE, but after the 2nd reading, I was there..in the car, ripping her gloves off. How exciting!!!! Truly. I loved this. Plus the dialouge was so good. it flowed and jumped and gave me all the emotions I felt like i should be experiencing. What a happy happy car trip!

     
  • At November 18, 2011 at 8:06 AM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I worried about that, using four characters in such a short piece.  (Of course I had to cut, cut, cut, too!)  Hopefully it's not too confusing in the overall story.  Sigh...I will try not to worry about that until December, right?

     
  • At November 18, 2011 at 8:10 AM , Anonymous Jennifer Bruno said...

    I love it when people can write dialogue well.  I was not born with that gift.  Great job!

     
  • At November 18, 2011 at 9:46 AM , Anonymous Adventures in Alyssaland said...

    I too got a little lost with the who is who but not enough to lose the intention behind the story.

     
  • At November 18, 2011 at 9:53 AM , Anonymous Angela said...

    I could kiss you.  Big, fat smoochy kisses.  Dialogue is something I feel a little weak in, and that's been one of my focuses for maybe six months.  I am so happy you felt it sounded authentic!

     
  • At November 18, 2011 at 9:53 AM , Anonymous Angela said...

    :)  I guess I can only blame myself, since I had to drop some of the tags!

     
  • At November 18, 2011 at 10:16 AM , Anonymous Kristina said...

    Oh, this is fun! I had a little bit of a hard time following who was saying what, but it was really good. I get the impression these friends are very easy and comfortable with each other and there is a lot of love there.

     
  • At November 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM , Anonymous Karen @ Time Crafted said...

    You might already have guessed this, but I adore friendships of four...four women, in particular.  Fun way to announce an engagement and even better to have her friends with her for dress shopping! :>

    I miss writing my four...

     
  • At November 18, 2011 at 10:37 AM , Anonymous Jackie said...

    I was so excited that I read through it to fast the first time and hand to read it again! I love it!

    I was all giddy with excitement at the thought of wedding dress shopping!

     
  • At November 18, 2011 at 1:20 PM , Anonymous Venus Brighton said...

    Aw, what a great surprise!  I love the playful banter. :-)  Great stuff!

     
  • At November 18, 2011 at 2:03 PM , Anonymous Debbie said...

    Love this! You kept me wondering, then I thought I had it figured out and was glad I was right! 

     
  • At November 18, 2011 at 2:32 PM , Anonymous Carrie said...

    I love engagements.

    I really enjoyed the play and conversation back and forth. You could see the women in the car, chatting, completely oblivious to what is REALLY going on contrasted with the ones who DO.

     
  • At November 19, 2011 at 12:20 AM , Anonymous Kimberly said...

    Aw, so fun! I love engagement stories and wedding dress shopping!

     
  • At November 19, 2011 at 5:21 AM , Anonymous dosweatthesmallstuff said...

    Oh, what good news!  An upcoming wedding and dress shopping!!  The girl in me couldn't help but be excited and happy for Cate :)

    I love the easy banters between the women in the car... it showed that they're all close friends, but there's always that one person to whom we could communicate with even without words... our BFF...

    Great story, Angela!  Keep it coming!

     
  • At November 19, 2011 at 9:47 PM , Anonymous Cameron (CDG) said...

    Oooh! dress shopping! So fun!

    Love the example here of ensemble dialogue.

     
  • At November 20, 2011 at 10:03 AM , Anonymous Mrsbear0309 said...

    You did a nice job setting up the tension between the front in the back. 30,000 words! Congrats.

     
  • At November 20, 2011 at 9:41 PM , Anonymous lisa said...

    This was so much fun!  It reminded me of time with my girlfriends.  I also loved how it was a shopping trip for the newly engaged friend and that the two girls used it as a way to surprise the other.

    Lisa

     
  • At November 21, 2011 at 5:47 PM , Anonymous The Lime said...

    Definitely a fun story -- it unfolds so nicely. Good luck with Nanorimo!!

     

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