Since I didn't mean to offend anyone, what I meant was I wasn't sure if this was something open only to Romance writers and I was unknowingly barging in 'cause I thought it was such a cool idea.
Mine is decidedly not romance.
This is taken from Project #3 which is fresh, un-shiny, first draft writing. Basically it's my *relief* project that I pick away at when I want to take a break from editing Project #2. The main character is in grade 6 and it's my first time writing first-person, present tense, and my first time writing MG (so be brutal, but also be kind).
Here's my selection:
Mom sighs and stands up. She takes my plate and hers to the counter, then climbs the stairs to the second floor. She never cried in front of me, not even in the hospital when they were stitching up my head and Kaitlin was in the morgue with a sheet over her face. I never actually saw Kaitlin, but they show dead people like that on tv and I see her like that when I'm trying to fall asleep at night. I hear mom’s door squeak shut and know that she won’t come down until her tears are gone and her eyes are no longer red.
Mom never wants to share her pain with others. Not even dad.