Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share 8 sentences from a book or WIP. I’ve been sharing from a book whose rough draft I completed 20 years ago, and which has gone through a number of edits and additions over the years. Right now, it’s in the queue of books in need of more editing and revision. A lot of the original material from 1991-93 never should’ve stayed in there as long as it did, and needs either complete redaction or radical rewriting!
It’s the first day of summer vacation in 1941, and Max’s father has just announced to his shocked family that he’s divorced his cheating wife. Everyone is going to be in for another shock the next day, when he brings his secret mistress home and announces their upcoming marriage. But for now, his sister-in-law reminds him that he’s still related to his ex-wife.
“You three can wash up and get dressed up, and I’ll be ready to drive you to the dance at about a quarter to eight. Doesn’t the mansion already feel calmer and happier now that the insufferable Clara is gone? Thank God she’s finally permanently banned from our home!”
Elaine’s mother Babs cleared her throat. “Have you forgotten that you’re speaking about my sister? I highly doubt I’m ever going to divorce your brother, so Clara is still going to be your sister-in-law, like it or not.”
Max smirked. “That’s what you get when you and your brother marry sisters.”