This week’s snippet comes from my third novel, Both Ends of the Whip, slated for release in May with NineStar Press. It was inspired by a tour of an amazing woman-owned and operated organic vineyard in northern Italy. I sketched a brief outline of this story in my journal on the ride back from our day trip.
From Both Ends of the Whip
She rolled open the door to the barn and shut it after her. The door to her office was half open. Vivian was sitting in the desk chair, her long legs stretched out in front of her and crossed at the ankles. Vivian. Waiting for me. She pushed the door to the office open wide and stood in the doorway resting her hand on the frame.
Vivian looked up at her. On the desk were two glasses and a dusty bottle. “Do you like cognac?”
“You always keep your cognac in the barn?” She moved to the chair next to the desk and sat down across from Vivian.
“Miriam liked a nip after a ride.”
“She sounds like I would have liked her.”
“Yes. I think you two would have liked each other very much.” She filled two shot glasses.
The cognac is the same color as her eyes. So beautiful. Octavia picked up her glass. “To old friends and new beginnings.”
Vivian raised her glass and touched it to Octavia’s before she took a sip. She licked her lower lip. She raised her glass. “To love’s memory.”
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Brenda Murphy writes short stories and novels. She is a member of Romance Writers of America. Her nonfiction and short fiction have been published in various collections. Her most recent novel, One was published by NineStar Press. When she is not swilling gallons of hot tea and writing, she wrangles two dogs, twins, and an unrepentant parrot. She writes about life, books, and writing on her blog, https://www.brendalmurphy.com/blog.html
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