Sunday, November 13, 2016

Not everyone is okay with her ~ SNIPPET SUNDAY, Nov. 12-13, 2016

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I'm sharing snippets from HYPHEMA, my second EMS novel. The hero in HYPHEMA was first introduced in Final Sin as the heroine's ambulance partner and best friend.

Matt Garratti, a paramedic from New York, moves his wife and son to North Carolina to work at his dream job as a flight medic. Pakistani born Sudah, his wife, receives frosty stares and insensitive comments from their new neighbors… Matt wonders if he is pursuing his dream or bringing his family into a nightmare from which they may never wake.

Matt has gone with his so-workers to play a game of paintball while the wives wait in the clubhouse and Sudah is worried that the game is too violent. (dinner plans are to follow). Most of the wives have no problem with Sudah except for Donna. (special note: the e-book came out the week before Bin Laden was found and killed) I've done LOTS of editing to fit this scene in!

Creative editing (a.k.a. condensed to fit) alert!    

Trisha broke in, “Donna I don’t understand why you are being so rude, I am so sorry Sudah.”
Donna faced Sudah menacingly, “my older cousin’s fiancĂ© was killed on 9/11…”
“Oh goodness Donna that was almost ten years ago, Sudah was only a little girl back then.”
“I am very sorry for your loss, but we are very much alike then, my father’s dear friend Jamaal also died on that terrible day,” said Sudah.
“On one of the planes I bet.”
“He was working in a restaurant in New York City, he loved this country and was studying to become a citizen, he ran to the two buildings after the first plane crashed, he was trying to help when the second plane came, I remember when Jamaal’s wife was told her husband was dead.”
“And yet you cover your head like those Arab women who cheered.”
“I cover my head because I am Muslim, it is a sign of respect for my beliefs.”
“Muslim, that’s who attacked us,” Donna snorted, “and they say that Bin Laden lives like a hero in Pakistan.”
“I have not seen him, I do not know where he lives, I would tell authorities where if I knew,” Sudah smiled sweetly and shook her head, “the Islamic people are people of peace, the few who murdered so many and the people who were happy about it are not true believers, they are cowards and they do not speak for most of us.”

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Aurora Springer said...

I like the way she stands up for her people.

P.T.Wyant said...

I love that she stays so calm. Hopefully she can win Donna over -- if not, it seems as if at least one of the other women has her back.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

There was bound to be someone who would blame her though she had nothing to do with 911. I like how she stands up for herself.

Jennifer said...

I'm glad she has a voice to stand up for herself and her beliefs. Great snippet. :)

Teresa Cypher said...

It's a difficult place to be--on both sides of this. I hope this is a story about Donna's redemption, too. It's a real opportunity for readers to grow along with her. :-)

Good writing, Chelle!

Daelyn Morgana said...

Tension, tension. It's growing thicker. I love how Sudah keeps a level head though and stands up for her beliefs and people. She's a strong woman.