Saturday, November 4, 2017

WeWriWa - 4 November 2017 - Where's Michelle (5)

4 November 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 yet another snippet from Where’s Michelle, a romantic mystery-suspense.

Where’s Michelle
By Chris Grover
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Simon smiled sympathetically and kept his arm loosely around her shoulders. “We're dealing with desperate, frightened people who use terrorist tactics and seem to have unlimited money, power and connections. They've taken your daughter, cut off any hope of help from the police, and scared you out of your wits, all in the belief you can provide what they want.” He shook his head. “I'd love to know what they've told the American Ambassador.”
          Now she was really confused. “The American Ambassador? What's he got to do with all this?”
          “Tourists who run into serious problems in foreign countries usually go to their embassies for help. If our kidnapper is half as smart as he seems to be, I'm sure he anticipated the possibility of you doing the same thing.”         

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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. Sounds like Simon is thinking ahead. Now I wonder what the ambassador has heard?

  2. I'm really wanting to know what she knows that the kidnappers want. She obviously doesn't know what she knows! Great snippet!

  3. A smart guy, that Simon. But a good guy is yet to be proven. Nice clip!

  4. Situation seems kind of hopeless at this point. I wonder if they'll be able to find help.

  5. Upping the stakes with the mention of the Ambassador! Fascinating excerpt...

  6. Complex and intriguing story and snippet. Thanks for sharing!

  7. The plot thickens. The possibility of the embassy brings a nice touch of realism to the narrative.

  8. Simon seems to know what to do. I'm curious to know more.

  9. I hope Simon can help. What a nightmare for a mother.

  10. This geets tenser - and that's smart thinking on the part of Simon. I agree, it makes the set-up even more real!

  11. Seems like a good call on Simon's part. I wonder if she can truly provide what they want... and what that thing is.

  12. Just why is Simon helping her? He seems like a good guy but . . . Good snippet.

    1. A helper may appear to be aiding in finding the truth. Then again, maybe he's doing the exact opposite.