Sunday, September 25, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday: Strings Attached - Again!





Thanks to everyone for all the comments last week!


By semi-popular demand, this week's Six Sentence Sunday continues from last week's coyote attack (a few paragraphs later). Josie did survive, aided by Theo's quick shot with a 22c. However, they disagree on whether that was the best course of action...
“Help or get out,” Josie warned him calmly and concentrated on stopping the coyote's bleeding. 
Theo rolled his eyes, knowing she fully intended on saving the animal despite her dead chickens and this morning’s events, let alone how he felt about it. 
“Can we at least muzzle him?” Theo asked, removing his coat. 
“Why, Sabich - scared?” Josie challenged him, though she did reach over to the muzzle hanging on the wall. 
“Terrified,” he growled. Not of the wild dog, he thought, but of the bleeding heart little shepherdess who worked to save the wolf.
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26 comments:

Dee Carney said...

I like her already. Yay Josie for saving the coyote!

Alix said...

Great six, well done.

Kathleen Grieve said...

Lol. Great dialogue!!

Xandra said...

I like Josie. She sounds like a take no crap kind of woman. ;)

Anne Holly said...

Poor Theo! He comes from a land where men are men, and shooting something is an appropriate response to an attack. He'll learn, though. ;)

Josie participates in a wildlife aid and release into a animal preserve program, which usually helps more timid animals - but she clearly doesn't discriminate.

And she's annoyed Theo didn't think to just shoot in the air, because it was her fault she continued to hold the dead chicken.

Thanks for the responses, folks! I love the comments. :D

An Open Book said...

No nonsense with ALL attitude- my kinda gal

Dawne P

Anne Holly said...

She sure is! When Theo first shoots the coyote, he runs to her, all, "Don't look at the nasty blood, I'll protect you!" I wish I could see the real look on his face when she doesn't go all weak in the knees for his protection.

JoAnne Kenrick said...

aww Sabich, what a sweetie. He's really concerned for her...hope the wolf survives xx But if it doesn't, I'm sure he'll be there to comfort her :) nice characterizations!

Anne Holly said...

Thanks, JoAnne! Theo is very sweet, and has a strong urge to protect (he was the eldest son of a huge family). The trouble is, Josie is used to protecting herself, and they don't really know how to handle each other. A bit awkward at first, but they manage to adjust. :)

Thanks for the comments, folks!

Eleri Stone said...

Hee. 'bleeding heart little shepherdess'. I think he should be scared.

Joanne Stewart said...

Fantastic six. Great characterization in here. Shows a lot about about her character that she'd save its life after it attacked her.

Anne Holly said...

Yes, Eleri, he should be. ;)

And thanks Joanne - ecologically responsible ranching/farming and compassion towards rescue animals is a major theme in this book; things I learned from my family.

Josie is a very modern rancher, and a good person (though also tough as nails). I like her a lot.

Bree said...

wow! She's a tough one!

Lindsay said...

Love the six and she's going to be giving him a run for his money

Sandra Bunino said...

Love the thought behind his last statement. Great six!

Anne Holly said...

They both give each other a run for their money - figuratively and literally.

Thanks for the comments!

Lex Valentine said...

I like him! He has snark and he rolls his eyes. Great six!

Sue Ann Bowling said...

Is this a coyote, a wolf, a wild (feral) dog or a hybrid? I think I'd want more than a muzzle in any case--a wolf or coyote will not normally attack a human unless rabid or cornered. (from Alaska)

Anne Holly said...

HI Lex - I like him, as well. Also, he's Australian, which is a plus.

Sue Ann, it's a coyote. The word wolf at the end is metaphorical to go with shepherdess, and the wild dog part was just to avoid saying the same word many times. He's out cold, and he went after her because she was stupidly dangling bloody meat in her hand. Not really an attack, more an attempt to get his meat before retreating, which, in my experience, most coyotes will do - well, more my dad's experience than mine, to be honest.

Elaine Cantrell said...

Love this. I'm an animal lover myself so I appreciate her forgiving the animal.

Rawiya said...

OOh that is some tension there!

Nice 6!

KaceyHammell said...

OH she's got him good now! Wonderful six. love the connection already, Josie's challenging ways. Love a story when a man is kept on his toes.

Taryn Kincaid said...

Like her a lot. Love the last line.

Jennifer Wilck said...

Love the ending, especially.

Vivien Dean said...

I like her attitude. Thanks for sharing!

Karysa Faire said...

I like her a lot, too, she's the type of heroine I'd like to be!

If I were reading this on my own (without your explanation), I'd stumble on the multiple species of animals mentioned. Completely makes sense to use different descriptions so that you don't say the word 'coyote' over and over again. . . .the image in my head just kept morphing and it was jarring to read. That said, I still love the set-up!

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