Hi there, for today's WIPpet Wednesday post, I'm sharing a snippet from a romantic suspense project I'm finishing up. This is a conversation between two people who were dating before they were both put into witness protection. They reconnected four years later.
"It sucked. They had me working as a courier. Driving around some hunky-dunk Midwest town running deliveries for divorce lawyers and grumpy realtors. I hated it. Couldn’t meet anybody, couldn’t go anywhere. They even told me to stop my art.”
He nodded. “Of course, I didn’t listen. I sold a few photographs under a made-up name, but it was terrible. I’d spent the past eight years of my life building my portfolio, expanding my network. And now they wanted me to start over from the beginning peddling photographs at craft bazaars? I got low. Really low. It was like I was an actor and the producer just threw me into a different play, different setting, different lines, different cast, and no direction.”
Lacy wondered how many times she herself had used a similar analogy.
“Figured my only outlet was gonna be my art. So I went back to it for real. At first, I tried to disguise it. Make sure someone with a trained eye couldn’t link it to me. The old me. Do you know how hard it is trying to paint like someone else? It didn’t work. So finally, I decided if I couldn’t be a professional anymore, I’d at least paint for myself. Who knew? Maybe one day they’d tell me I didn’t have to be in witness protection anymore, and I’d have enough works to sell to set me up for a lifetime. You could always hope, right?”
Hope. It had been one of Lacy’s worst enemies during her first few months here in Alaska. Hope that it had all been some sort of nightmare. Hope that Drisklay would call and tell her it was safe to go home. Hope that Raphael would show up magically. Unexpectedly.
“Anyway, I got so depressed I actually ended up … well, they put me in a hospital. Made me talk to a shrink and everything. But what can you tell a shrink, you know? When you’re supposed to be someone else, I mean."