TITLE: Finding Grace
GENRE: Women's Fiction
EMOTION: Awkward introduction
Grace is having dinner with old friends and meeting cute new boy, Tom, for the first time. Her friend Jeff embarrasses her by giving Tom too much information about a personal piece Grace wrote.
“So Grace,” Tom said turning to her, “What do you do?”
“Well, I’m a teacher. I work at a private school. Third graders.” Grace replied.
Jeff, who had been leaning over to try and join in on the conversation, said,
“That’s not all. Tell him what else you do”.
Grace forced a strained smile, “I also write for magazines and stuff”.
“You write? That’s so cool. What kind of things do you write about?” asked Tom.
“All kinds of stuff- some of it’s really funny.” Jeff interrupted.
She looked at him and hissed quietly “He was talking to me”.
Jeff ignored her. “Oh my God you should have read the last thing she wrote!” He said loudly and gained the attention of everyone else at the table.
“What was it?” said Meghan
“It was hilarious! Did you ever get that one published?” Jeff asked.
“Umm I don’t know which one you mean? The one about home schoolers?” Grace asked hopefully but knowing full well that wasn’t the one.
“No- that was boring. I mean that one about PMS- you know...” Jeff looked at her like she was an idiot.
“What was so funny about it?” Asked John.
“Nothing.” Grace said quickly. “Nothing funny about PMS. Besides”, she added, “I wasn’t really planning on submitting it. Jeff just read it for fun.”
Tom smiled warmly at her,
“Tell us about it” he prompted.
“That’s OK- I don’t really remember,” she said.