I thought that I’d share a quick little bit from a book that I’m currently writing. This is just the rough draft, so please excuse any major mistakes. 🙂 Any help or suggestions are always appreciated!!
It was talking that woke her. Many voices combined to make one loud hum. She slowly opened her eyes and looked around her. She was lying on something flat, and hard, and there seemed to be a table to her left. Glancing around her as she sat up, she stretched her neck and back to pull out the kinks. There were many other tables in the large room, and people were sitting around them eating, laughing, and talking. She blinked. Where was she? The room was a restaurant, she was sure of that, but how or when she got there, she couldn’t remember.
The girl looked across the table and saw a man sitting on the other side. She jumped slightly, trying to push down the panic that began to rise. She didn’t know who he was. Something looked vaguely familiar, but she just couldn’t place him.
“Who are you?” She asked plainly, eyeing him to see if he appeared to be anything less of a gentleman.
“My name’s Jimmy Hanks.” He answered, also eyeing her. He had dark hair, a strong chin, deep set blue eyes, and looked no older than forty. His clothes were on the less-expensive side, but neat and orderly.
“How did I get here and why are you sitting at the same table as me?” The girl asked, slightly frustrated that the man hadn’t offered more information before.
“Well, I happened to find you a few blocks from here, dumped out on the side of the road. Looked like you were left there for the animals. So, I pulled you out, put you in my car, and brought you in here. It’s a bit cold outside, and I figured this would be the best place to come. I thought maybe some of the town folks might recognize you. Most of them have said they haven’t ever seen you before. So, I’ve been sitting here waiting for you to wake up so you could tell me who you are.”
“Oh. I, um, I…..” The girl paused and stared at Jim. She couldn’t remember her own name, or where she lived. An overwhelming fear began creeping to her stomach. Her eyes blurred for a moment and she gripped the edge of the table to keep from falling over. She took a deep breath, trying to calm her fluttering heart and nauseous stomach. She looked at the man and tried to look calm, though every fiber in her being was on the verge of popping.
“I’m Mary. I guess I must have slipped and knocked myself out.”
“What were you doing walking around this late at night?”
“What was I doing? Well…” Her mind quickly scrambled for something. “I was out exploring the town and hooked up with a couple of kids. We hung out for a while, then I started for home.”
Jim looked as if he didn’t believe her story.
“My family and I just moved here, so we don’t really know anyone yet.”
“Hmm. Well, Mary, what’s your father’s name? Where does he work?”
The girl drew a blank and threw out a safe card instead. “I’m not allowed to give out so much personal information to strangers. Thank you for picking me up, but I had better go home now. My parents might be worrying.”
“Alright. Let me give you a lift back. It’s chilly out, and more than likely a long walk to your house.”
“Oh, it isn’t that far. I’ll be fine.” She really couldn’t have him tagging along. He’d find her out and then where would she be?
“All the same, I think your parents would appreciate it. Now, don’t argue.” He pulled out some money for his coffee, laid it on the table, and then stood and grabbed his coat and hat off of the hall tree. ‘Mary’ had no choice but to follow. If she didn’t she’d end up giving herself away. Jim held the door open for her, then led her to his car.