D is for Dell

Soft curls rest on impossibly smooth rounded forehead. Slopes down past sleepy eyes to a button nose and apple cheeks, flush with dreaming. Little chin pulls in as impetuous mouth murmurs; someday those tales will enthrall more than just dreamer. Fingers tangle through blanket holes, testing movements not quite mastered. 

Eyelashes flutter as murmurs turn to wailing. Dark hole of mouth begs attention as caught fingers and toes flail.. Big tears roll.. and stop.. joy that is Mother bursts as eyes sparkle and body calms. Reassured by love, baby's worried forehead becomes smooth once more.

(Ha! I wrote the whole thing without using the word 'the'! That was my challenge today :) )

This month I am participating in the April A-Z Challenge! My theme for the month is ‘character development.’ Some days will be exercises from John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction, others will be profiles of characters from my book Armageddon: Pick Your Plot, and some will just be random characters I make up. I hope you enjoy!


  1. Katie Eggeman8:37 AM

    This is naturally sweet and lovely. I thought of my grandson as I read it.

    Katie atBankerchick

  2. Tina Downey4:23 PM

    No the??? I hadn't noticed but that sounds really hard. That sounds like a cute baby! The Transporter used to weave his fingers in his blanket...

    Tina @
    is Good

    April 2013 A-Z
    Challenge Blog


  3. Carolyn Brown6:34 AM

    Very descriptive piece!

  4. Aww. I bet he's sweet :)

  5. Woo! That was the goal :)

  6. I had to go and reread. No the, very impressive!


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