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Sweet Saturday Samples

This week’s excerpt for Sweet Saturday Samples is another unused one from my drafts folder, from Chapter 48 of Little Ragdoll, “Leaving New York City.” After a frightening late-night run-in with the creep her parents were trying to force her to marry, Adicia and Ricky found a ride back to the van Niftriks’ with a sympathetic cop. After arriving in Hudson Falls, they start figuring out what to do next.


“Oh, you’re finally up.  I don’t blame you for sleeping so long, after what happened to you yesterday.  I walked around the nearby streets and bought some stuff we don’t need to cook.  Our housing pickings might be slim, but at least this is where most of your family lives.  I hope we find something soon, since we have to turn this truck in by Saturday or pay a fine for overtime.”

“Did you get a city map yet?  I wanna find Lucine and her husband.  I wonder if Allen and Lenore are still living with them.  It’s been almost four months since they moved.”

“How’d you like to live in a real house for the first time in your life?  A house is even better than the biggest apartment, and there’s so much more space.  Just imagine having your own yard, with room to grow a garden and trees.  Maybe we can even look for a puppy or kitten to keep you company while I’m at work.  You don’t mind if I have to commute, do you?  This town is so small I might not be able to find work here.  I also picked up some stuff for lunch.  Do you mind dried fruit, cashews, crackers with peanut butter, sunflower seeds, and granola bars?”

Adicia stares down at the plumeria ring on her hand. “Did we actually get married yesterday?”

“Believe it or not, we’re now man and wife.  If the arrangement doesn’t work out, we don’t have to stay married, but we’d better make the most of it now that it’s happened.  Maybe we won’t be able to stand each other for more than a couple of months, but maybe it’ll bring us closer and make us grow into the kind of love a married couple’s supposed to have.  I’m sorry if it wasn’t the type of wedding you must’ve dreamt of as a little girl and if I’m not the guy you would’ve preferred to marry.”

“We did what we had to do.  You’ve been a good husband so far.  If I had to marry someone I didn’t love, I couldn’t have asked for a nicer guy.”

“I just hope your brother doesn’t kill me when we find him.  He really didn’t like me the one time we met.”

“He’ll have to accept it.  I’m sure he’d agree we did what we had to do to get out of there safely.  I know he’d much rather prefer to see me safe and taken care of than in a dangerous situation.  I do feel a bit embarrassed I need a man to take care of me when it’s 1972, but I guess not all women can be street smart and self-sufficient.  I kinda like the old-fashioned sweetness of having a guy to take care of me.”

“There’s nothing wrong with being old-fashioned.  I always wanted a girl who’d take care of me, someone I could look forward to coming home to, even if I don’t want a June Cleaver or Donna Reed for a wife.  Men and women are different, even if I think women should have equal rights.  There’s just something comforting about the idea of a sweet little wifey cooking for me and cheering me up after a bad day at work, and I think kids do best when they have one parent at home when they’re young.  I guess it could be the guy who stays home, but I don’t know of any guys who stay home with the baby and do all the housework while the woman works.”

Adicia looks down at the koala. “I’m probably one of the few newlywed brides who actually slept with a stuffed animal and not her new groom on her wedding night.”

“I’ll have to buy you your own bed too.  I’ll keep sleeping on my old double bed, and I can buy you a queen-sized bed.  It’s better, I guess, if yours is the bigger bed. If you decide you want to be together as a real husband and wife, I can just join you in the queen and we can give my old double to Justine.”

“What are we doing about money?  Your bank account has a ton of dough in it, but it’s not wise to exist on just savings and not bring any additional money in regularly.  And you have to transfer all your money from the old bank to a new local bank.”

“I’ll have to make a joint account for us, so we can both use the money.  What’s mine is yours, and you deserve to go out and buy nice things even if you don’t have a job.  I’m not even interested in going back to school at this point.  I’ll defer my last two years till we get more settled.  And then we need to buy a car.  I don’t know if this town has a bus system, but I know it’s always best to have your own car and not rely on public transportation.  What kind of car would you like?”

“I think VW Beetles are cute.”

“Then that’s what we’ll try to look for.  I guess we can rent a car in the meantime.  I know I could easily plunk down enough money for a fancy car like a Ferrari or Aston Martin, but I don’t care for a silly status symbol like that.  We shouldn’t do anything to stand out just ‘cause we’ve got some money.  My parents look so out of touch ‘cause they dress like rich snobs from fifty years ago, even when they’re in normal work or social settings.”


Writer of historical fiction sagas and series, with elements of women's fiction, romance, and Bildungsroman. Born in the wrong generation on several fronts.

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