Welcome to the first edition of Christian Fiction Friday brought to you by Hallee Bridgeman and Alana Terry. This is a chance for Christian authors to post short snippets from their works in progress! Easy and fun! Here is my offering for the week: from Challenging Miss Valentine, an Inspirational Romantic Comedy.
Ella punched the button for the lobby and waited. Oh why had she waited? Why hadn’t she taken the stairs? Behind her, she heard rapid steps thumping down the hallway. She peeked back to see Charlie Murray rushing toward her. He didn’t appear calm and mellow like at the restaurant—not even charming and confident as he had been in the office. No, he was angry. Why on earth should he be angry? She’s the one who just lost her job.
Oh, dear Lord! I lost my job! No, I just quit my job. She held up the photograph. “George, I am a colossal idiot.”
What had she done? Obviously, she needed more prayer than she thought. And now what was Charlie planning to do to her? She decided not to stick around and find out. In a flash, she took off down the side hall toward the stairs. She pulled open the heavy steel door and glanced over to see Charlie still coming right for her and this time he was jogging. After running through the doorway, she took the cement steps to the floor below as quickly as she could.
She paused on a step for just a second to peer up at Charlie staring down at her, a deep frown marring his handsome face.
“Stop following me. I quit remember.”
“I remember. Now hold on. We need to discuss this.” He started down the stairs.
Her heart raced with panic. With his much longer legs, he was bound to catch up with her in no time. She launched herself down the next set of stairs. “There’s nothing to talk about.”
“Yes, there is,” he shouted back. “Now stand still because I’m bringing you back to the office with me one way or another.”
She stopped and his footsteps ceased as well. Would he really force her back to the office? She could almost imagine him picking her up and tossing her over his shoulder fireman-style to carry her back to the office.
Carefully, she peeked up the stairwell. Shimmering brown eyes filled with determination met hers. Her breathing from all the running remained elevated.
“Ella…what are you running off…like that…for?”
Charlie stood right in front of her now, a little short of breath and patience too. He couldn’t hide the flash of annoyance ruminating in his dark eyes as he stared her down.
Like he had any right to be mad at her! What had she done? Not a thing. Except quit. And she had every right to do that. The longer she looked at him and ignored the cute dimple in his cheek, the angrier she got.
Christian Fiction Friday is a weekly blog hop where authors post snippets from their current Works in Progress. It is hosted by Alana Terry and Hallee Bridgeman. - See more at: http://www.bridgemanfamily.com/hallee/#sthash.wDA23zgr.dpuf