Sunday, February 24, 2013

#snippetsunday OnceUponASecondChance the #Muslim #1NS: Where is Khalid heading to?

Hey peeps!

It's barely the end of February and looks like the weather is already taking a turn toward winter. Still no russet leaves on the maple trees outside, but the temps have dropped steadily and there's barely any sun. Tropics, did anyone say tropics? Doesn't look like it to us locals once fall-type weather and winter hit home. It's also the perfect time for the sniffles to set in, and I'm battling out of cold medication haze this weekend.

But, I'm not delusional. Yet. Shame, innit? Imagine the possibilities when one is going crazy with cold medicine hallucinations... Anyhow, it's Sunday, and you're here for a Sunday Snippet. Look no further, coz here it is.

So our hero, Khalid, is on his way to a one night stand date, after being set up by his stepmother. On one hand there's his estranged wife, whom he left out of good intentions, and on the other, there's this unknown woman waiting for him someplace to the east of Grand Baie. Last week, he turned his car in her direction.

Where is he headed to? Read on to find out.


'...
His GPS screen indicated a secluded villa further to the north-east at the island’s tip known as Cap Malheureux.
Cape of Misfortune, as his father had once described the place; Bernardin de St. Pierre’s  tragic heroine had washed up on this shore after the shipwreck of the St. Geran, in his literary classic Paul & Virginie.
Would his body wash up on that same beach tonight, once he contemplated the true wreck of his existence? He snorted—the spot couldn’t be more fitting for him. He loved this island, loved Carole, but for the first time in his thirty-three years on earth, she didn’t know he was in the country. And so close to Leila. He’d never wanted to set foot in Mauritius again, but business forced him to make a brief stopover. How had Madame Eve known his schedule? Did his stepmother know, too? And his wife?

...'

Want to read the whole of Chapter 1? Then head here.
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Blogger was acting up last week, and throughout the past few days, so I was unable to visit/comment on my Sunday regulars' blogs. I hope things will be better today. Peeps I wanna visit are - Sarah W, Brenda Ashworth Barry, Siobhan Muir, JoAnne Kenrick, Joyce Scarbrough, Jess Schira, Sarah Ballance, Sue Ann Bowling, & Sherry Gloag. Many others on the list at the official SnippetSunday FB Group.

Hope ye're all having a lovely weekend!

From Mauritius with love,

Zee

30 comments:

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Sounds like he has a complicated life. Intriguing snippet.

JoAnne Kenrick said...

And the plot is thickening... love it! Another awesome snippet, Zee. And aww what a sad story; Cape of Misfortune.

Frank C. Etier said...

...and I thought I had too many women in my life! LOL

The Cape of Misfortune.
Hmmm...
Isn't that the location of the church named, "Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow?" :-)

Anastasia Vitsky said...

Oh, are you with Decadent? Do you have any Christmas-themed books? I'll be running two different promotions this summer, and Decadent is sponsoring one of them. Let me know. I'd love to include you.

Great snippet!

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Karen. Poor man is tortured, I tell ye :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks JoAnne. That's a really sad name, and there's an aura of mysticism at this spot. Surreal...

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Frank! And yes, that's where the red and white church is located, indeed! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Anastasia, yep, definitely with Decadent. I'd love to know about your events. Sadly, no Christmas story (yet!) but hopefully, we can remedy that by the middle of this year (I'm working on a Christmas submission right now). :)

Claire Gillian said...

That Madame Eve is a tricky one. Great insight into his emotions and thoughts as he heads toward his 1NS.

Sue Ann Bowling said...

Yes, his stepmother is nothing if not manipulative. In a good way, but still manipulative.

Jess Schira said...

The second paragraph sent my imagination into overdrive. Great snippet, as usual.

The Belle in Blue said...

Gotta love a man who can laugh at himself in the midst of all that intrigue! Great snippet.

~Joyce Scarbrough

Sarah W said...

Wow--talk about complications! Can't wait to see how his date pans out.

(thanks for the shout out, Zee!)

Veronica Scott said...

Interesting, this is definitely a hero with a PAST. Can't wait to read more of how this all unfolds - terrific snippet!

Kate Warren said...

An interesting tangle of emotions and complications for all involved. Will be interesting to see how it all unravels.

Sarah Ballance said...

This is a great summation of an awesomely complicated situation. I'm torn FOR him, lol!

SherryGLoag said...

I guess he's going to be surprised tonight. I could feel his tension.

Brenda Ashworth Barry said...

Whoa, the plot is growing along with the tension. Can't wait to read more. Loved this Snippet. :-)

Siobhan Muir said...

What a hard spot to be in and so much suffering, but I suspect I know who he'll meet. Great snippet, Zee. And thanks so much for the mention! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Claire! Madame Eve is a cunning one, indeed :)

Zee Monodee said...

Definitely true, Sue Ann. I wouldn't want to have Carole as a relative. The woman is way too manipulative :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks, Jess! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you, Joyce. Yup, gotta admire his spirit :)

Zee Monodee said...

Lol, Sarah. He's in for a shock *wink*

Zee Monodee said...

Thanks Veronica. He definitely has a past! :)

Zee Monodee said...

It gets more tangled, Kate :)

Zee Monodee said...

True that he's one of my most tortured heroes, Sarah :)

Zee Monodee said...

He's definitely in for a surprise, Sherry :)

Zee Monodee said...

Thank you Brenda! :)

Zee Monodee said...

Siobhan, I think your suspicions are spot on *wink*

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