From my final draft of my dark romantic comedy Killer Orange.
“Herb, look at your girl, she’s as white as a sheet,” he said, motioning to his brother, her father. “Don’t you let her play outside? She’s gonna get anemia if you keep her locked up indoors all the time.”
Rebecca froze, feeling strangely frightened as he put her on the spot.
“Leave her alone,” Herb replied with a dismissive wave. “Her skin is sensitive, just like her mother’s. Even the doctor said not to keep her in the sun for too long.” Her father took a swig of beer and tossed a Frisbee to her grandmother’s new Husky puppy.
Rebecca got up from her spot on the deck, wanting to join her dad with the dog. As she neared her uncle, he suddenly grabbed her arm and pulled her next to him. She shrieked.
“Calm down, girlie, and sit with your uncle Bob,” he commanded her. “Sit in this sun and get some color.”
“I don’t want to, uncle. I want to play with the dog,” Rebecca whined, trying to get up.
He wouldn’t release his hold on her, which only served to frighten her more. She gritted her teeth as she gazed out, seeking any help she could find.
Her dad’s back was facing her, and he was too engrossed in the dog to pay attention. Her mother was inside napping, probably from too much sun, and her cousins had left to buy ice cream and play at the nearby park. Her grandmother was nowhere in sight either, probably in the house grabbing a refill in snacks.
She was alone with her uncle Bob, and she didn’t like how his rough tanned skin rubbed against her as he held her down beside him.
© HK Rowe 2015