#WIPpet Wednesday - Tabula Rasa (Exit Intercepted part two) #amwriting #lgbtqia

WIPpet numbers for 26th July, 2017:

20+17 – 26 = 11 paragraphs
from Tabula Rasa

WIPpet Context:
Another snippet from Tabula Rasa (Gray Fisher #2)—I’ve still got little idea of where the story is going.

This novel follows on from The WAG and The Scoundrel, featuring two former undercover police officers, Gray Fisher and Rob Simpson-Stone. Their investigations relate to white-collar crimes (fraud, embezzlement, etc.), and there are also romantic relationship story arcs (however, not between Gray—who is gay, and Rob—who is straight).

This snippet follows on from directly the previous snippets—the first line is Rob’s, and he’s taking a phone call from ‘Jock’. Just in case: bought a gaff = bought a house; still got flat feet? = are you still a police officer?

* * * * *
“How’re you doing, man?”

Rob caught the microsecond pause before Jock—aka Corporal Harry ‘Jocky’ Wilson—answered, “Yeah, I’m doing all right. You?”

“I’m doing great. I thought you were still OS.”

Jock barked out a laugh. “Where the hell have you been? I’ve been back five years. Forty-five and retired. Not bad, eh? Bought a gaff down Brighton way. The kids hate it, of course.”

“Still just the two?” Rob remembered Jock’s second kid only because he was born the day after Lucas—eight years ago.

“Yeah. You had any more?”

“No, unfortunately. Zoë and I got a divorce.”

“Sorry to hear that.”

“Cheers.” Rob braced for the question of what had happened—it was the first thing most people asked when he told them.

“So…still got flat feet?”

Rob chuckled, relieved to be let off the hook so easily. “Ask me again in five hours. I’m just heading out for my leaving do.”
* * * * *
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WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop where authors share from their current works in progress - expertly organised/hosted by Emily Wrayburn - and the excerpt has to relate to the date in some way. For links to other fabulous authors' WIPpets, visit: http://www.inlinkz.com/wpview.php?id=355404

Thanks for reading
Deb x


  1. Nice WIPpet. Love the use of the job-related jargon. So many writers forget to do this or don't do it well. Yours flows naturally.

    1. Thank you. :) I think it can be a hard balance to strike, so it's good to find out it's working.

  2. Ah, Rob. Yes, I definitely want more of him. :)

    I love their easy back and forth here, and I kind of love Jock for not pressing Rob for details.

    1. Yeah, you might not love Jock much later...although so far I only know what Rob thinks of him, and you know what he's like with his judgy-ness.

  3. love he surprises Rob by not asking the expected question.

    1. I'm still trying to figure Jock out, so I'm not sure why he didn't ask yet. Thanks for reading. :)

  4. I also love the job-related jargon, makes it more realistic! Didn't know what flat feet meant - looks like I learned something new today :)
    I also like that Jock doesn't ask Rob the question that is typically asked. Maybe he is perceptive that way.

    1. Cool! Hmm...maybe he is perceptive. I'm going to have to take another look at him (I love that sharing snippets gives these additional insights into the characters).


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