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. Today’s selection comes from my book, Stepmothers Anonymous (the full synopsis is below). Abbey begins her tale by recounting the event that started her fall from grace: a PTA meeting. This is the last place she’d rather be and while she’s focused on her own issues, she misses an important detail.
“…and Abbeygail Bishop,” Lisa said.
I sat up. Hushed moans were heard, and I realized I had missed something important; I looked around for some indication as to why my name was called, but no one else was moving, nor were they looking at me: did I need to get up, bake something or meet somewhere?
“We start at seven o’clock; those of you whose names I called will need to arrive at six, to be at your stations,” Lisa continued, still matter-of-factly and still offering no information as to what I was now party to, “The decorating committee is still taking donations, I have lists available for each of you; are there any questions?”
As certain as I was that I wasn’t the only clueless parent present, I dared not raise my hand.
“Wonderful; it is a pleasure serving you and helping you make a better place for our kids,” Lisa gushed and made a few more announcements before she took her seat. The principal, a little man in a bow-tie, came up, thanked everyone for coming out and closed the meeting. As everyone got up to leave, I found a donation list–in bold letters across the top was written ‘Harvest Ball’.