Lesson 6 – Character Voices
It is dusk when Nathan pulls into the driveway. He lives with his mom. She always makes sure the porch light is lit when he gets home. He’d probably continue living here but she married this jerk Joe, a year ago. He and Joe don’t see eye to eye, yet Joe treats his mom like a queen.
The moment he opens the back door the delicious aroma of food cooking jogs his stomach and he realizes how hungry he really is.
Millie, his mom is right there to greet him and gives him a kiss and a hug. “My goodness, I’m so happy that you got home on time, Nate darling, because I’m cooking chicken and dumplings, your favorite.”
“Yeah, she’s been a-fussin’ and a-fussin’ in the kitchen this whole afternoon,” said Joe, shaking his head back and forth, making Nate feel guilty
“Mom, you shouldn’t work so hard for me. I appreciate it but I’m sure that you and Joe have other things to do. Don’t feel you have to take care of me like you always have. I can fix my own food.”
“Oh no my dear boy. As long as you’re living here I want to be doing all the things I’ve always done for you.”
“Come on Millie girl, he’s a big boy now. You’ve spoiled him enough,” said Joe.
Millie ignored that remark.
“Come on everyone, let’s eat,” Millie said while she clinks a spoon on the rim of her glass to announce dinner is ready.
They all take their places at the table and after Joe says the blessing, Nathan clears his throat for attention.
“I’ve accepted a job to drive a big semi across this country. You know how I’ve always wanted to travel to see our country. I’ll be driving from north to south and from east to west and I’m very excited about that. I’ll be taking it all in and getting paid for it at the same time.”
“Oh no, I can’t bear to think of you driving a big truck all over this big ol’ country. It will be so dangerous and I will worry every day that you are in that big ol’ truck.”
“You needn’t worry Mom. I’ll be fine. The company trains me well before I take it out on the road. You know I’ve wanted to do this forever. The experience will help me with my writing because I will see awesome things and places.”
Joe gets up from the table, goes over to Millie and puts his arms around her. “Millie, Millie baby your son is a fine, strong, young man now. You need to let him go, wish him well and know that he is doing what he needs to do.”
“Yes Mom, Joe is right and I’ll be coming back here every month,” said Nate. Maybe Joe isn’t such a bad guy after all
You know it’s not as if he’s leaving you forever. Besides that, we’ll be traveling ourselves. So come on, let’s have a drink of our wine and toast to happy traveling.”