Today we are so excited to bring you an exclusive Quickie scene from Desiree Holt, whose brand new book—Finding Julia—was released in September.
Last month, we asked you to offer suggestions (“prompts”) as inspiration for a short original scene, and you blew us away with a ton of great prompts.
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Desiree is here today to introduce you to her scene, and you'll be able to spot some familiar names from her book Finding Julia. Thanks to everyone who left a suggestion, because there were so many fantastic options:
With tragedy and distress dogging her every step, the one bright spot in Julia Patterson’s life, besides her children, is her best friend and business partner, Claire Westbrook. Claire is her confidante, her support system, her go-to person, and the only one she feels really comfortable with. It is early summer, Julia is expecting her third child and dealing with antagonism from a lot of people. Claire has convinced her to come spend the afternoon away from everything, including her twins who are at a play date, and just relax for a change.
As they sit in the warmth of the day and sip iced tea, Julia realizes she has never really heard the entire story of how Claire and her husband, Brad, met. The couple always laughs and shares a secret look when she asks, but today seems like a good day to push the envelope.
Here are the prompts Desiree chose:
- 65 Ford Mustang
- A jar of Nutella
- A pair of orange socks
- 80s pop music
- Taking the wrong cell phone from a bar.
And now for a very special scene...
They were relaxing on Claire’s shaded patio drinking iced tea and enjoying their favorite snack of Nutella and crackers. Beth and Andy were at a play date and Claire’s husband was away for the weekend. So it was just them, relaxation and girl talk. Julia lifted her face to the sun, embracing its warmth. Despite the fact they were closing in on the heat of summer, she still felt cold all the time. She was sure her emotional distress was a major factor, the threats Charles still held over her from the grave. And dwelling on it didn’t help the baby growing in her stomach. She needed to turn her thoughts in another direction.