WeWriWa—New Year’s Eve 1939


Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8 sentences from a book or WIP. This week’s snippet comes from the final chapter of the book formerly known as The Very Next, the chronological second of my Atlantic City books. Though it’s an episodic story with an ensemble cast, the main focus is on Cinnimin Filliard.

At the beginning of March, Cinni’s father gave Urma, Mortez, and Samantha Smart a temporary place to stay, and this situation has been nothing but trouble for everyone. Urma and her daughter Sam are fire and brimstone fanatics who think everything but breathing and reading the Bible their way is a sin.

This has been slightly tweaked to fit ten sentences.


“Celebrating New Year’s is the work of the Devil,” Urma pontificated. “Don’t ask me to drink any of your demonic libations at the stroke of midnight.”

“I’d never waste my good champagne on you,” Mrs. Filliard said. “My alcohol is only for my family and friends, and you’ll never be my friend.”

“I’ll have some champagne,” Mortez said.

Urma gave him the evil eye as Mrs. Filliard filled an especially large champagne flute.  She covered her eyes when Mr. Filliard mixed a cocktail of strawberry syrup, lemonade, and champagne for all the underage members of the household, using a shaker in the shape of a penguin left over from Prohibition.

“How can you be anti-alcohol when Christ’s first miracle was changing water into wine?” Mr. Valli asked.

“He changed wine into water, that’s all you know.  I’d be glad to lend you one of my copies of Minister Hodges’s true version of the Bible, if I trusted I’d get it back in one piece and undefaced.”


Mortez has never had any part of his wife and daughter’s extreme religious conversion, though they usually railroad over him and shut down any attempted protests or lectures. He’s always loved Urma much more than she’s ever loved him, though he can’t forgive her for the slanderous story she told her parents after they conceived Samantha as unmarried teenagers.


9 comments on “WeWriWa—New Year’s Eve 1939

  1. Patricia Preston says:

    Interesting, fun characters especially with the thoughts about drinking and religion.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. angelicadawson says:

    Haha! I like the banter.


  3. Jenna Jaxon says:

    That woman is a piece of work! I hope the year goes better for them than it seems to be starting out!


  4. Sue Barr says:

    A lot of undercurrents in this snippet. Well done.


  5. Oh dear, a tricky gathering indeed! Pass the champagne, I’d need it to get through that party LOL. Happy New Year!


  6. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Interesting views on drinking alcohol. Like to know more.


  7. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Not only does she have archaic opinions, she’s one of those obnoxious sorts who have no qualms about imposing their opinions on everyone around them.


  8. Someone is going to get ripped into real good by the end of this night here! Damn… And I thought I’ve seen it bad before. I think I would strangle her and her opinions within an hour of being around her, maybe less. (Can’t stand the pushy, loud, obnoxious, “my way is the only right way” people.) I kinda hope someone knocks her down a peg…or five…or ten.


  9. P.T. Wyant says:

    Things could get interesting if enough alcohol is consumed to lower inhibitions and people start telling her what they really think…


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