Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. For the next few weeks in honor of the upcoming holiday, I’m going to post excerpts from my Christmas novel, Full of Grace (the full synopsis is below). In today’s selection, we’ve taking another leap forward (to keep up with the upcoming holiday). Joseph and Mary are married now and will soon be parents. And though life has not been as ideal as they might have expected it to be, it hasn’t been bad. Then some unexpected visitors arrive, bringing with them a sense of foreboding of what’s ahead.
Then they appears over the horizon—first one head, then another, then a detail of Roman soldiers, all marching in formation, their metal swords clanging against the rest of their gear. Mary watches in shock as they begin parading past her. She had seen soldiers before; indeed there was a company stationed there in Nazareth, but never this many: rows and rows of men, with their stoic faces, marching forward into her town, her country.
A hand rests on her shoulder, causing Mary to jump. She looks back, expecting to see one of the foreigners, but it’s Joseph. He places his arms around her and pulls her closer to him, protectively. Around her, other townsfolk have started congregating to watch this procession—women, children, men; they are all there and they all bear the same anxious expressions.
What’s happening now? she wonders, as her gaze returns to the soldiers, still marching past them.