Unofficial Six Sentence Sunday

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Greetings, all!

For our initial foray post-6SS, I’ve decided to go with a snippet from a published piece, One Fond Kiss. Yesterday marked its one-year anniversary, so it seemed a good selection for today.

C.C. Williams One Fond Kiss

Ad rep Andrew MacMurray has come to Scotland in pursuit of a million-dollar publicity contract. Riding the train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, Andrew encounters a local businessman with an unusual way of passing the time.

Scotsman Brian Stuart is an old hand at daily commuting. On his way home from a business trip Brian meets an attractive American tourist whom he persuades to join him in a game to idle away the hours of travel.

Little do the men realize they have more in common than just One Fond Kiss.

Brian rolled the coat into a ball and pressed it against the side of his seat near the door, commenting “I’m going to have a bit of a lie-down, if you dinnae mind.”

“Not at all, go ahead,” Andrew mumbled noncommittally, keeping his eyes glued to his reader which was obscuring the hard-on in his slacks.

Turning his back to Andrew, Brian swung his legs up onto the seat to lay with his knees drawn up and his ankles crossed; he faced away from Andrew with his head resting on the folded coat. When the Scotsman inhaled, his white dress shirt pulled taut across his broad shoulders, re­vealing the sweeping muscles of his back, the slow even breaths confirming his relaxation. The bent position of Brian’s legs caused the kilt’s hem to ride up past his knees, and the garment now lay halfway up his solid thighs.

Careful to make no noise, Andrew slid to the window and pressed himself into the corner of the compartment—from this angle he saw even more of what the Scotsman had to offer—he held his reader as if he was reading by the light from the window, but his eyes were glued to Brian’s butt.

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‘Til next time!

Six Sentence Sunday – 27 January 2013

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Greetings, all!

Well, here we are for the very last Six Sentence Sunday tour! For me it has been a tremendous pleasure to meet so many new people through just six sentences of their writing. I hope that everyone has enjoyed my contributions as much as I have theirs.

As promised, I’m finishing with a snippet from Giant Killer. There is so much left to pick from that I was a little stumped. I decided to go with this scene—one of my favorites—following the death of Goliath:

David lifted the pitcher, glad for the clean scent that cut through the coppery tang from the sodden tunic at his feet—water sloshed out of the basin as his hand shook wetting a rag; he began to wipe dully at the brownish stains on his hands and arms.

Unexpectedly Jonathan was there, taking charge of the cloth; deep furrows split his forehead as he considered David. Softly, he began to wipe the dried blood from David’s face, “You were very brave.”

David wanted to look into those hazel eyes forever, and he raised a hand to Jonathan’s brow, seeking to smooth away the worry lines, “I did it so you wouldn’t have to.”

Some mix of thoughts and emotions played across Jonathan’s face. He ran a knuckle along David’s jaw, and a cool fire burned his skin in the wake of that touch—then Jonathan’s mouth was on his, and David drowned in the flavors of honey and wine and the cloves that Jonathan loved to chew.

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BTW: Stay tuned for Lust in Time‘s release date. As soon as I find out from Rob, I’ll post the info and a link. I’m sure there will be lots of other great stories as well.

‘Til next time—just not on Sunday!

Six Sentence Sunday – 20 January 2013

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Greetings, all!

First things first: For all of you wondering what will happen to David and Jonathan after the end of Six Sentence Sunday, take heart! Giant Killer has been selected by Rob Rosen for his Lust in Time: Erotic Romance Through the Ages collection! The story will be appearing as the 1000 BC entry in the anthology from MLR Press (which should be coming out in March). I will keep everybody posted.

Last week we were with David as he entered King Saul’s presence. This week’s snippet is from Jonathan’s take on the proceedings:

Some commotion stirred the rear of the hall—heads swiveled and necks bowed as the audience members whispered one to another—Jonathan recognized his father’s seneschal, Ziba, moving across the back of the chamber. The family retainer was accompanied by a tall young man who looked every which way, trying to take in all there was to be seen. Jonathan suppressed a smile as he thought, what a rube!

The crowd parted as the newcomers strode forward to stand before King Saul. The young man was… a vision… so handsome that he had to be an angel—although surely no angel would look so travel worn; the youth was lean and bronzed with dark hair. He made brief eye contact with Jonathan and when he looked away, Jonathan had to force himself to breathe—the young man’s piercing blue eyes had completely entranced him.

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‘Til next time!

Six Sentence Sunday – 13 January 2013

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Greetings, all!

As I said last week, I’m continuing with Giant Killer through the end of January. Given the limited time frame, I’m going to jump forward a bit.

This week we rejoin David, who has obeyed Jesse‘s command to go to Saul, as he enters the hall at Gibeah:

Ziba stopped in front of a platform on which sat a stern looking, older man—Saul, David assumed. But David’s attention was diverted from the king by the handsome, rangy soldier standing behind the raised chair—long, sun-lightened hair framed an olive face of pleasing planes and angles, although David could tell that the man’s nose had been broken; an imperfection that played counterpoint to the soulful eyes to either side. But the warrior’s slight smirk seemed at odds with those eyes—yet David could have spent much time gazing into their hazel depths.

The royal retainer introduced him to the king, and all the words he’d intended to say to Saul fled from David’s mind. He dropped his gaze to the floor; his face felt hot and his palms were cold. This is all so different than I had imagined.

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Six Sentence Sunday – 06 January 2013

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Greetings and Happy New Year, all!

I’ve decided to stay with Giant Killer through the official end of Six Sentence Sunday on the 27th. Today we rejoin Jonathan and Evram—after last week they had temporarily run out of Philistines to fight:

Jonathan examined the pass. His eyes fell upon a pile of rocks held in place by wooden staves—a defensive installation meant to crush attacking Israelites—looking further, he found a stack of wood intended for the watch fire. And the LORD shall provide. “Quickly, Evram, help me to reinforce this side.”

The young man realized what Jonathan meant to do: by redirecting the landslide to the opposite side of the pass, they were able to reduce the width of the narrow path even further, thus the Philistines would be able to approach only by one or two at a time.

A great war cry rose from out of the valley.

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‘Til next time!

Six Sentence Sunday – 30 December 2012

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I hope that everyone had a festive and happy Christmas! Ours was quiet—which was a nice change of pace!

I apologize for last Sunday’s non-posting snafu—had everything all set to go and never got out of draft mode!

This week is again from Giant Killer. Following last week’s six, we rejoin Jonathan and Evram in battle with the Philistines:

Evram loosed a large stone he had picked up from the slope’s scree—the rock caught a second Philistine in the face, blinding him. Recovered from his surprise at the attack, a third soldier managed to free his sword and made for the young armor bearer. Jonathan turned, following through, and put him to death with a well-placed slash to his throat.

Evram turned to Jonathan after dispatching the blinded soldier. “My lord, where has the fourth gotten to?”

“I imagine we are to have additional company shortly.”

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Happy New Year!

‘Til next time!


Six Sentence Sunday – 23 December 2012

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Greetings, all!

This week we continue Giant Killer with Jonathan and Evram. Last week they came face to face with the arrogance of the Philistine invaders.

Jonathan climbed the remaining distance, scrabbling up with his hands and feet. Evram followed after, his cudgel now serving as a walking staff. Confident in their larger number, the Philistines stood relaxed and loose, watching the two Israelites scale the slope.

The Hebrew prince paused briefly as if to catch his breath. The first of the soldiers, the one who wore no tunic, moved quickly forward, making to grapple with Jonathan. He fell backwards in front of his companions, a startled look in his eyes as Jonathan’s short sword pulled out of his gut, freeing his intestines.

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Merry Christmas everybody! ‘Til next time!

Six Sentence Sunday – 16 December 2012

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Greetings, all!

We, of course, continue with Giant Killer. This week’s six follow immediately from last week’s snippet, where we left Jonathan and Evram facing the Philistine guards.

Evram whispered, “Lord Jonathan, they mock us!”

“Remain still! It is for the unwashed to decide their own fate.”

The big, dark warrior strode forward shouting, “Come up to us, and we will show you something!” He grabbed his crotch with both hands and bucked his hips, while his companions devolved into more laughter.

“Come on! The LORD has put them into Israel’s power!”

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‘Til next time!

Six Sentence Sunday – 09 December 2012

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Greetings, all! And Chanukah Sameach!

We are continuing with Giant Killer. Last week we left Jonathan and Evram creeping up on the Philistine outpost.

Taking a deep breath, Jonathan moved out of Seneh’s shadow.

One of the guards spotted Jonathan, and the rest followed his pointing hand; a particularly large warrior, his dark-skinned chest crossed by only two leather straps, called out, “A Hebrew has come out of the hole where he’s been hiding.” The Philistines’ laughter carried across the scrubby plain and burned in Jonathan’s gut—it took all of his might to keep from charging at the bulky invader.

As Evram stepped out to join Jonathan, a second soldier, this one wiry and scarred, joined in the harangue yelling at them, “Another dog slinks out too—perhaps we should call for reinforcements!” The group exchanged back slaps, congratulating themselves on their own humor. Jonathan chewed on his cheek, maintaining a tenuous calm.

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Six Sentence Sunday – 02 December 2012

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Greetings, all!

Yes, I’m late to the party this week! Just don’t know where the time goes…

Well, we are continuing with Giant Killer. Last week we met Jonathan and will journey along with him some more today:

The plain before Michmash was criss-crossed with wadis. Hunkering low, Jonathan crept along the ravine until he crouched on the south side of the pass beneath a steep rock, known to the locals as Seneh—The Thorny; its counterpart stood north of Michmash and was called Bozez—The Shining.

Jonathan waved Evram forward and whispered, “Perhaps Jehovah will act for us, for there is nothing that can keep Jehovah from delivering his people either by many or by few.”

“We are certainly few, my lord.”

“We will cross over to the men and show ourselves to them. If they say to us, ‘Stand still until we can reach you,’ then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up to them; but if they say, ‘Come up to us,’ then we will go up—for this shall be the proof that Jehovah has given them into our power.”

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‘Til next time!