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). Fast forward a few months, and Abbey’s stepdaughter, Sara, is no easier to deal with. Abbey does her best to mother her but Sara wants none of that. At the end of her rope, Abbey decides to start a stepmother support group with Mercedes, her friend and another stepmother. The two get together to find a name for the group.
“Step Mothers United against Grimms.”
I groaned, but Zoë asked, “What are Grimms?”
Mercedes leaned towards Zoë, who was on the floor on her stomach, and said, “Only two of the most wickedest men to ever walk the earth; they ruined the reputations of women like your mom and me by changing stories that had been passed down for generations,” she explained, rather dramatically.
“Wow,” Zoë said, impressed with Mercedes’ show of knowledge.
“What are you talking about?” I asked, glaring at her in disbelief.
“Look it up: the original villains in fairy tales weren’t stepmothers, but mothers – they changed the stories to protect the ‘sainted image of motherhood’, like we’re any less capable of taking care of our charges just because we didn’t give birth to them.” Mercedes wasn’t talking to Zoë anymore, though Zoë continued to listen; and while her delivery was outside her usual cheery disposition, her passion wasn’t.
“I never knew that,” I admitted, “but we’re still not calling it S.M.U.G.”