Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. The rules have now been relaxed to allow a few more sentences if merited, so long as they’re clearly indicated, to avoid the creative punctuation many of us have used to stay within the limit.
I’m now sharing snippets from the book formerly known as The Very Next, now entitled Movements in the Symphony of 1939. It was released in e-book format on March second, with a paperback edition to follow within a few months. The paperback edition will have a different cover.
Best friends Cinnimin and Sparky (real name Katherine) have been forced to take new houseguest Samantha to their friend Quintina’s birthday party, despite Sam’s out of place clothes and lack of a present. During the short walk there, Sam revealed her commitment to fundamentalism and her fear of her mother.
Sam fell silent as they walked the rest of the way to the Holidays’ house. Inside, they were greeted by colored streamers, balloons, and a few cut-out flower decorations. Jazz played in the background, while the Holidays’ little Bichon Frisé ran around yapping. A large pile of gifts sat off to the side, and some guests were eating soft pretzels and playing games.
“Who’s this?” Tina asked. “Is this a new girl you invited? If you’re going to change up the popularity ranks again to include another new girl, I hope you don’t demote me more than one rank.”
“Of course I ain’t demoting you,” Cinni reassured her.
The eight lines end here. A few more to complete the scene follow.
“I only had to demote Violet so much ’cause she was getting too big for her britches and had to be knocked down a couple of pegs. This is Samantha Smart. She and her parents just moved into my house ’cause of unexplained bad business in their old city. They’re from D.C., the Virginia side. Sam, this is my buddy Quintina Holiday.”
Tina looked Sam up and down. “You came without a present?”
“I didn’t know I’d be coming to anyone’s birthday party till now,” Sam said. “I can get you a present later, if you want to be friends.”
“We’ll see about that. Right now, you can have a seat and try to blend in.”