Time again for another Six Sentence Sunday, a blogging experience where participants post six sentences from their current project or something they’ve published. Click here to check out the other participants or to join in on the fun.

This week’s selection comes from my work-in-progress, Ruth and Boaz, a Biblical tale centering on Ruth, a widow who leaves her home to follow her mother-in-law Naomi back to Israel, where she marries Boaz and changes the future of her adopted country. In today’s offering, Ruth listens as her husband, Mahlon, brings home the bad news that will eventually result in her starting a new life in Israel.

Let me know what you think of today’s excerpt. As always, I appreciate your comments and thank you for stopping by my blog.

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Ruth remains standing, too shocked to move, too shocked to sit.

“They’re conscribing all men into active duty,” Mahlon continues.

“But you are not Moabites,” Naomi argues, a hint of fear in her voice.

“We’ve eaten their bread, taken their money, lived within their borders and married their daughters” – he glances at Ruth, his expression tender for that fleeting moment – “We have to go.”

“No,” his mother insists, drawing his attention back to her, “I will not lose you too.”

Mahlon sighs and reassures her, “You’re not going to lose us; we’re coming back, okay?”

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