I’m having such a good writing day working on the first draft of my new story. These people are so real to me. So I wanted to share a scene from the new book Anchor Bay –
Tom sat in his recliner watching basketball, holding his second beer. His mind was not on the game but on a beautiful red head with lips he hoped were as soft as they looked. He was happily surprised when she accepted his invitation. She gave him her number when he dropped her at her house, and he smiled watching her shapely form walk toward the front door. She opened the door, turned to him, offering a quick wave and went inside. He had just sat in the cruiser for a few minutes enjoying the newness of attraction before heading home.
“Oh damn!” he swore when the realization hit he had just broken his own rule of not dating a local. He would have to take her somewhere close but not in Anchor Bay. Maybe she wouldn’t mind a drive down the coast to Ogunquit. Some good eating down there. Barnacle Billy’s had good food and drinks, yeah that’s where they would go. Still, there might be Bay folks there. What were the odds? He jumped when his landline rang.
“Sheriff Chambers,” he said, his voice sharp.
“What did I tell you about calling this line, Barb? It’s for work.”
“Oh, Tommy don’t be that way,” she whined. “I need to stay with you tonight. My car broke down at Willies and Tony won’t come get me.”
“Call a cab.”
“You can’t stay here. Impossible!” He insisted.
“Wait…okay here,” she was obviously talking to someone.
“Sheriff, get this woman out of here!” Willy Plum owner of Wet Willies shouted into the phone.
“Willy, what the hell is going on?”
“Damn woman is driving the paying customers away. She’s begging drinks, and well ya know how she is Tom.”
“Yeah I know. I’ll lock her up for the night. She can sleep it off and I will get her car fixed so she can leave.”
“Thanks man,” Willy said and then Barb was back on the phone.
“Tommy, don’t listen to him. He thinks just because he owns the place he can boss people, and…” Tom hung up on her, got his coat and weapon, grabbed the keys to the cruiser and took off for Wet Willies.