By Marilyn Brant
It starts off someday in sophomore English classification, simply as Ellie Barnett's instructor is assigning Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice". From nowhere comes a quiet 'tsk' of displeasure. the objective: Sam Blaine, the lovable undesirable boy who is teasing Ellie mercilessly, simply as he has for the reason that kindergarten. totally unbidden, as Jane may perhaps say, the author's ghost has taken up place of abode in Ellie's brain, and turns out made up our minds to stick there. Jane's clever and witty recommendation courses Ellie during the hell of early life and past, serving because the voice she trusts, often excess of her personal. Years and boyfriends come and move - occasionally a bit too speedy, occasionally no longer approximately quick adequate. yet Jane's counsel is continuing, and as regards to Sam, particularly insistent. remain away, Jane calls for. he's your Mr. Wickham. nonetheless, every person has whatever to profit approximately love - even perhaps Jane herself. And in recent years, the voice in Ellie's head is being drowned out by means of one other, urging her to seem past every thing she notion she knew and hunt down her own, very unforeseen, chuffed finishing.
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I hoped they’d sit down. At a dark table. Preferably in some other bar. Like one in downtown Pittsburgh. ) Then I could get a jigger of fortifying tequila in peace. But they seemed ensconced where they were, leaning up against the padded side of the bar, facing each other. And I was getting desperate. I pushed the smoky air out of my lungs, edged up to the corner of the bar’s counter and tried to blend in with the other patrons. ” the bartender boomed in a jovial voice. I gave him my margarita order, attempting to concentrate only on the task at hand.
I laughed at their comments and, consequently, was rewarded with an extra-nasty sneer from Stacy. Then she, with her Victoria’s Secret uplift and her cheerleader’s outfit snugly back on, adjusted her leg warmers, slipped on her gold-glittered Nikes and blotted her hot-pink lipstick with a tissue as she tracked my far-less-fashionable footsteps down the hallway toward algebra. Unfortunately, coming from the opposite direction strode my other worst nightmare. A gaggle of senior girls materialized like a firewall, blocking our path.
I originally had nine and a half pages. This is the condensed version. So, anyone I may have inadvertently omitted in this draft, please email me and I’ll send you the longer edition. (Trust me. Your name is definitely on that one. ) First, my infinite thanks to Jane Austen. No, I don’t really talk to her, so I’m not sure if she’s aware of my gratitude and lifelong admiration. Nevertheless, it’s overflowing. I had the incredible good fortune to join the Chicago-North chapter of RWA, through which I met exceptional authors who also became some of my best friends.
According To Jane by Marilyn Brant