Sunday, February 19, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday

Welcome to my SSS! I had a short story come out at MLR on Friday for Valentine's Day, so this month, I'm spotlighting that. It's called Budding Hopes, and it's an m/m set in 1954 Baltimore. At dinner, Mark has asked Hal if he'd ever consider leaving the shop. Hal explains how it's what he's always wanted to do.



“Not to a four-year-old. Dad would get home at the end of the day, and no matter how hard he’d scrubbed his hands at the shop, there was always dirt under his nails. Plus, he smelled like all the plants. Getting a hug at bedtime was like getting hugged by the outdoors.” His smile grew wistful. “I loved it.”


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21 comments:

D'Ann said...

fantastic!

Anyone who has ever stuck their hands in the earth will relate!

Carly Fall said...

That's really sweet and descriptive. Nice six!

Veronica Scott said...

*I* love it, what a beautiful description, I could really smell the fresh earth and green plants too! Terrific excerpt...

Corinne Davies said...

I love the way he remembers his dad. That was sweet :)risineme strong

sue said...

A beautiful scene. But why the question in the first place?
As you know I love this set up and look forward to how you will further along the relationship

Skye Warren said...

Very sweet!

Cate Masters said...

Such a sweet remembrance of his Dad. Love how it stayed with him all this time.

Dakota Trace said...

I love the fondness portrayed here - great voice

Sue Ann Bowling said...

I love it! Not my kind of story, but the sensory evocation in this is wonderful.

K.E. Saxon said...

Oh! A gardener. I LOVE plants and I love sexy men who love plants, LOL! Again, I just think this is such a neat time frame to put a story in. Great six!

Alix Cameron said...

Great work!

J.C. Martin said...

Wonderful six! What a sweet memory. Hal sounds like one lovely guy!

diannehartsock said...

What a beautiful memeory to have! I always like your characters.

Denny S. Bryce said...

I like that. Very sweet and great description. I like this guy right away.

JoAnn Ross said...

Oh, even if I weren't a gardner, I'd love this. As I've already said, I love the time and setting, and this is really lovely and evocative. Super six!

JoAnn Ross said...

And I just noticed I used love twice and another variation of love a third time. All in three sentences. Yes, I really iz a writer. lol

Ruthie said...

Love the way concrete details here, and how they evoke his nostalgia!

E. P. Beaumont said...

Really sweet picture... hugged by the outdoors.

Sarah Ballance said...

This is beautiful, and I come from a long line of farmers so I have to say it really touches me with a sense of nostalgia. ;c)

Lilian Darcy said...

Lovely sense of an important memory and relationship.

Gayle said...

Sweet snippet. :-)