This week’s 100 Word Challenge was to include a particular phrase from The King James Bible. The ‘apple of his eye’ one was the one I chose because it fits perfectly with the novel I am currently writing, called ‘The Year’. It is a love story but with a rather tragic twist and tells the story of how one person’s desperation can have horrific consequences for others. Whether it ever gets to print or not is debatable but I have enjoyed writing it so much.
She was the apple of his eye, who sat on his knee for a story, who came to him for a hug when she was hurt. He could still taste the saltiness of her tears and feel the plump little cheek under his thumb as he wiped them away. She was the child he’d always wanted and the only one he’d ever had. He wanted to take her down the aisle, bathed in orange blossom and white net. He hoped to be there for her for such a long time. This blow came like a kick to the stomach. He was winded and couldn’t breathe.