This excerpt is from my current Work In Progress, tentatively titled Millie Rules the World. I'm sure that will change eventually.
Millie is the president of the homeowners' association at The Wilderness At Cedar Knoll (ThWACK) and takes her duties very seriously. She wants to make sure that all the women in the neighborhood are good wives and good to themselves.
One morning Millie noticed Julia wearing dumpy, baggy clothes instead of her usual smart professional attire. Determined to find out what was going on, Millie baked a batch of Snickerdoodles and went calling. When Millie wondered if maybe Julia's washer wasn't working, Julia jumped on the excuse, but---you can't fool Millie.
“Why don’t you just lean over and look behind the washer to make sure all the hoses are still connected properly so I’m sure it’s still working before I leave?”
Happy to oblige, Julia leaned over and peered behind the appliance. She reached down to feign adjusting the hoses, but before her hand reached the back of the machine, she felt a hard swat on her hind end. Startled, she raised up, but a firm hand on the small of her back held her in place.
“Wh-what are you doing?”
“I’m getting to the bottom of this,” Millie said, her voice surprisingly pleasant considering the pain she was inflicting. “First I’m going to give you a few swats for lying to me. How can I help you with your problems if you lie to me? It hurts to know my girls don’t trust me.”
As you can see, this is totally different from anything I've written before, but I just love Millie and I'm looking forward to having her help the ladies in her neighborhood learn a few lessons. I like to think of her as Mrs. Piggle Wiggle for adults.
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