Happy weekend, Snipeteers all.
This weekend my daughter went off on a school trip to see the sights of London and she bought me the awesome mug you see in the photo above.
The significance of the rose is, obviously, that is a rainbow one and she knows me so well, but our surname is Rose and her first name is so difficult to find that she always finds things with roses on as an alternative.
The mugs have nothing to do with my snippet this week, apart from the fact that the two main characters are drinking coffee while they talk. Perhaps they are drinking from mugs with Shakespeare quotes on them, because they are both English teachers after all.
The snippet is from my age gap romance featuring Jules, head teacher and Tristan, newly employed English teacher with an alarming habit of getting himself into scrapes.
Here is Tristan asking Jules for some advice and not really getting to the point.
“Jules I got a dilemma.” Tristan tells me. “No, a moral issue, is it a moral issue? I don’t know.” He frowns at his coffee, as if he’ll find the answer there, and then shrugs as he continues. “Let’s just call it a sticky situation.” He shakes his head in frustration. “No! it isn’t a sticky situation because that makes it sound as if I’m in some sort o’ trouble but I ain’t. It’s a question of personal values and I think I might need some advice from someone older n’ wiser.” His eyes widen and he turns to face me with a look of horror on his face as he realises the implications of his words. “Not that you’re older by a wide margin, you ain’t, you’re just wiser than me maybe? Jees that sounded awful, I’m sorry.” He turns away, biting his lip.
The movement has separated us, and the gap feels like a thousand miles after having the warmth of his leg pressed against mine. I don’t make any attempt to close the gap, but that doesn’t stop me wanting to. Instead I focus my attention on listening.
“Maybe I should o’ started by sayin’ I respect your opinions, Jules, and we ain’t known each other long, but I kind of trust you’d give me the right advice.” He shakes his head in disgust at himself. “Shit, this ain’t comin’ out right at all.”
“No, obviously not, because if it was I assume I would actually know what you were talking about. Right now I don’t have a clue.” Tristan shoots me a half irritated, half amused look.
“You c’n be such a sarcastic bastard sometimes.”
I raise my eyebrows.
“Not Sarcastic, just British.”
I’m hoping to finish this by the end of the month so I can begin something else for NaNoWriMo, because that is just around the corner. Time flies when you’re having fun.
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