Greetings! It’s been one heck of a week for me, but it’s finally Sunday and time again for Six Sentence Sunday. All the usuals: we post six sentences from a current or published project, you read them, couldn’t be any simpler. Click here to check out the other participants or to join in on the fun.

My sentences this week come from my work-in-progress, Ruth and Boaz, a retelling of the Biblical tale. Ruth leaves her home to follow her mother-in-law Naomi back to Israel, where she is regarded as a foreigner and heathen, and eventually finds love with Boaz, who looks past the superficial to see her heart. In today’s selection, Ruth tries to cope with her first husband’s absence, after he and his brother are drafted into the army.

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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Night falls and Ruth lies down on her bed; it seems emptier, colder without Mahlon and she struggles to remember what it was like to sleep alone.  

Orpah appears at her doorway, looking like a lost child.

“I can’t sleep; Chilion always…” 

Her voice dies out at the mention of her husband, but Ruth knows exactly what she is trying to say; without a word, she moves the blanket aside and gives her consent. Orpah runs over and crawls in beside her, trembling from the same fear that had them all bound.

“They’re coming back, aren’t they?”

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