Saturday, October 21, 2017

WeWriWa - 21 October 2017 - where's Michelle (3)

21 October 2017:

As Christiane France, I write LGBT, MTS, PA, and RO. My alter ego, Chris Grover, writes MTS. This is a weekly blog hop where participants post 8-10 sentences from a published work or a work in progress. The blog posts go live between 12:00 noon Saturday and 9:00a.m. Sunday. It’s a great way to discover new authors and expand networks. So be sure to visit and check out all the WeekendWritingWarriors blogs.

For this week’s edition of WeekendWritingWarriors I have a few more sentences from Where’s Michelle, a romantic mystery-suspense.

Where’s Michelle
By Chris Grover
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…Why are you doing this, Simon?”
          “Why?” He turned to face her, the vulnerable look on her face catching him unawares. “Because you won't get Michelle back without help.” And because I want to take the sadness from your eyes and put a smile back on your face. To accomplish that, I'll do whatever it takes. “Being a policemen isn't just a job for me. I take what I do very seriously.”
          The glint of tears appeared in her eyes as she took a step toward him, and for a split second Simon thought she was going to hug him. Instead, she ran a shaky hand over her hair and forced a smile. “I know I need help to find Michelle, but I don't want to get you in trouble with your superiors.”

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Where’s Michelle is a story about a woman whose child disappears in the chaos of a traffic accident.
American Julie Leighton knew almost nothing about her husband, other than the fact he was English. Then Vic was killed, apparently the victim of a mugger, while he was away from Boston on a business trip. A short time later, Julie received a call from a man who claimed to be her father-in-law, inviting Julie and her nine-year old daughter, Michelle, to visit him and his wife in England.
          Shortly after they arrive at London's Heathrow Airport, the trip becomes a nightmare. The hotel shuttle bus is involved in a traffic accident, and Julie wakes up in hospital to find Michelle has vanished.
As Julie is leaving the hospital in search of her daughter, she runs into Simon Winter. Simon was also on the bus and, like Julie, sustained a few minor injuries in the accident. He has no idea what happened to Michelle, but offers to help Julie find her.
Julie accepts, unaware Simon is posing as a businessman and fellow traveler to gain her confidence. He’s actually Detective Inspector Simon Winter, a member of a special security unit whose job is to protect members of the British government from harm. They recently received a tip Julie's late husband was blackmailing a prominent British politician, and that Julie intends to pick up where Vic left off.
          Whether it’s true or not, it needs to be checked out, and Simon’s had Julie under surveillance from the moment her plane landed.

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  1. I don't these characters very well yet, but one thing popped into my mind: I wonder if she really mean it, or whether she's being polite.

  2. I wondered the same thing as Ed, although I phrased it as who's playing whom? Or has Simon stopped being suspicious of Julie at this point? Sounds like a great suspense story!

  3. Thanks for the comments. They think they're starting to figure out what's going on, but they have a long way to go yet.

  4. A lot of emotional tension in the snippet! Well done...

  5. Aww, this is a great emotional snippet. :)

  6. Great moment of tension. Can/should they trust each other?

  7. great snippet - love the twists of your plot!

  8. An emotionally charged snippet, this sounds like such a page turner!

  9. great snippet - a lot of emotional tension.

  10. Ditto what the others said about emotionally tense scene.