From Christina: As I work on the third book of “The Sunset Series”, I’m going to be sharing the story here. I’ll be posting “snippets” each week on Sneak Peek Sunday, and from time to time, I might post additional snippets, as well.
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The story is scheduled for release from Secret Cravings Publishing in January. Please be aware that what you are reading here will be unedited, unrevised work from a rough draft of the story. All comments, questions, and suggestions will be appreciated.
Those who’ve read “Not the Marrying Kind” will remember Emily Sue Phillips as the annoying little sister who loved sneaking about. In this story, she’s a very grown up young lady. I hope you enjoy today’s snippet, and that you’ll continue reading as the story progresses.
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“About…” She shuddered, her voice fading into nothing. “About the massacre,” she finally finished. “Nathan Meeker was murdered by the Utes. His wife and daughter were abducted. They were held captive for weeks.”
Ben’s breath caught. He regretted his questions and wished now he hadn’t pushed her for an answer. When Emily had left for Miss Brundage’s Female Academy in late August, she’d been filled with righteous optimism about the future, caught up in the noble intentions proposed by Nathan Meeker, the government’s Indian agent. He meant to civilize the Ute tribe, teach their children, and show them better ways to live. Obviously the natives hadn’t accepted the white man’s ideas.
“I’m sorry. I hadn’t heard.”
Still shaken, Emily huddled beside him. She grabbed for the edge of her cloak and used it to wipe the tears from her cheeks.
“You don’t have to teach the Indian children,” Ben pointed out. He hated to see Emily cry. Her tears always made his heart ache, always made him yearn to find a way to make everything in her world all right. For years, he’d been her friend, her protector, her comforter. “You could get a good teaching position in Denver. I’m sure of it. Probably in any town in the state. For that matter,” he grudgingly admitted, “you could probably teach right here in Sunset.” Too late, he wished he could call back those last few words.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little “snippet”.
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