April 10, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday 4/10



Thanks to everyone who drops by each week to read my six! We're still with Justin and Paige from Not Without Risk. This week, we're in Paige's head as she discovers Justin --just back from a horrowing crime scene.



Paige hadn’t known sorrow had a scent. That it could pulse off a person like perfume and emanate throughout a room. Be drawn into her lungs and set off an answering ache inside her. She hadn’t known, until she stepped into the living room and discovered Justin before his front window.

He stood with his back to her, his spine rigid, body held perfectly still as if he had a board strapped between his shoulder blades, making it impossible for him to relax his stance. Like so many times in the past few days, he had his left hand securely tucked in his pocket, while his right clenched and unclenched against his thigh.


Okay, so the picture isn't quite right, but I didn't think you'd mind.*grins*

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49 comments:

J.Rose Allister said...

Wow, really powerful six! I can practically feel the tension coming off him in waves. Great job!

Jessica Subject said...

Great six! And no, I didn't mind the picture. :)

Kerrianne Coombes said...

That man needs a hug dammit! *Pushes through* Ill do it! LOL great six!

Liz said...

Wow! I am blown away! Great six!

graylinfox said...

I can see the entire scene from just these sentences. Great six! I look forward to reading more.

Gem Sivad said...

Your description of his sorrow is awesome. Great six!

Kathleen Grieve said...

POWERFUL Six, Sarah! The sorrow and ache are palpatable!

Marie Dees said...

Wow, great description here. I love the thoughts on sorrow. And hey, the picture is great too!

Stacey Kennedy said...

Aw,I'm with Kerrianne, I just want to hug him!

Rebecca Royce said...

So I hope this isn't too weird to say, but I just lost someone close to me and your description of grief having a scent is so right on that it brought tears to my eyes. Yes it does. And I'd never known that until recently and I didn't even have the words to describe it until you just gave it to me right now. Bravo. Really great writing. So incredibly powerful. One of the best descriptions I've ever read.

Sandra Sookoo said...

Nice snippet! Really powerful

Cate Masters said...

Very vivid scene. Love the emotion in this, how it reveals she's attuned to him. Great job.

Taryn Kincaid said...

Just wonderful. The idea of the sorrow as a scent is awesome. Wondering what the source of his sadness is.

Sarah said...

@Rebecca Royce I'm so sorry you lost someone close to you. *hugs* Thank you for your kind words.

Roseanne Dowell said...

very powerful scene. I definitely would love to read more. You could feel the tension.

Arlene said...

From his stance, to the scent of sorrow in the air, you've created one powerful scene.

Cara Bristol said...

Like the use of scent. Powerfully written scene. Nice.

Jayel Kaye said...

"Paige hadn’t known sorrow had a scent." That is a fantastic sentence.

Joanne Stewart said...

Love the way you lead into it with the first paragraph, with the scent. Very unique way to show pain. Great six.

Jessica K said...

Sarah, you have an expert way with words and details that I really appreciate. Another powerful scene.

Linda Morris, Romance writer said...

Thoughtful description about sorrow having a scent. Good six!

J.A. Beard said...

Great six. I particularly find that first line very evocative.

Lindsay said...

Great six. Love the way you caught the guy's emotions

JoAnne Kenrick said...

fab six, and it goes without saying that the picture was appreciated, too :) I just loved the tension and characterization in these sentences xx

Chrystalla Thoma said...

Wow, this is beautiful writing, so evocative. Thank you.

Laurie A. Green said...

Sarah, this is just awesome--emotionally powerful and very moving.

I can totally picture Justin's body language, and the description of sorrow having a mental scent and how it affects Paige is an amazing description.

Laurie A. Green said...

P.S. Sold! :) (I love Kindle for PCs.)

Sandy N. said...

One of my writing teachers challenged us to paint word pictures. That's just what you've done. I can see this man's sorrow.

sue said...

that scene was really excellent

Claire Robyns said...

wow, excellent description of emotion... sorrow has a scent - love that!

Lorien Velez said...

Fantastic six! Definitely enjoyed the emotional tension. :)

ada-hoffmann said...

I love "sorrow had a scent". Very vivid!

Lauri J Owen said...

As everyone else has noted, using scent to convey emotion is brilliant. Great 6!

Lisa Kumar said...

Great six, really powerful!

Lynne Murray said...

Very strong evocation of emotion, not only scent but the tactile sense of being clenched against sorrow and a definite whiff of danger. Powerful stuff--I just mistyped "powerful studd" but that would be the hot picture!

D L Jackson said...

Wow. In combination with what he's seen and the depth of these six--just wow. Very powerful.

diannehartsock said...

My goodness. I'm hurting for both of them. Can she help or is she the cause?

Eleri Stone said...

This was a really great six. Pulled me right in and made me feel for him.

Laura Kaye said...

Totally felt his pain. Loved that first line.

Sarah said...
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Sarah Grimm said...

Okay, so me and Blogger had a minor argument there. Let's try this again...

Wow, I leave for about 7 hours and come home to such wonderful comments from all of you. Awesome, truly! Thank you all.

Debra said...

Wow. Your sentences were so powerful. The emotion definitely came off the page. Oh, no need to apologize for the picture. :)

vernac said...

Powerful scene. I can see it in my mind.

laynap said...

Very evocative and powerful. Damn!

Jean Davis said...

Very descriptive!

elaine cantrell said...

We all forgive you for the picture being not quite right. :)

Pippa Jay said...

Oh, I don't mind the inaccuracies in the picture. Poor guy! Hope she can do something about that.

Roberta Walker said...

Fabulous! I love how you've used the sense of smell to begin the description, it works so well! A reminder to all writers (*ahem* me) to explore ALL the senses when writing descriptions. Makes for a very surprising and emotional scene. Thanks for sharing!

creativebarbwire said...

wow, didn't think sorrow had a smell either. Great six!
Barb