In addition to it being Saturday and it's Saturday Spanking time, it's also the 21st day of the A to Z Blogging Challenge.
So, the 21st letter of the alphabet is U and my word for today is Understanding.
That's exactly what Juan is trying to get Maria to do. Understand. And because it's not only SS, I am allowed more than eight sentences - not that I always observe the rules anyway.
TAMING MARIA is set in California during the 1940's amidst a backdrop of vineyards and ranches and has two childhood sweethearts destined to become lovers. The couple face hardship, adventure, personal tragedy and long periods of separation...but there are some things in life worth waiting for.
In this scene, the Japanese have attacked Pearl Harbor and Juan is trying to explain that eventually he will have to join the service. She is totally against it and he is trying to reason with her. Reason is something that Maria has great difficulty with and Juan knows this all to well and also how to get her to UNDERSTAND.
"I know you. I can hear it in your voice. You have already made your decision, it's just a
matter of time before you take off. You have it all worked out in your head. Maybe you just planned to send me a telegram telling me. What am I supposed to do, just sit here and wait? Suppose you don't come back. Did you ever think of that?"
He knew she was just getting started and he wanted to diffuse the situation. "Maria, try to
"I don't want to understand. We have just announced our engagement. I don't want to be
engaged to someone who is not around. This should be a happy time and we should be making plans to be together. Not you off somewhere dangerous while I sit here and worry whether or not you'll get yourself killed. Maybe I should give you back your ring. Maybe you should just leave now."
He took hold of her arm. "Stop it, stop it right now!."
"And if I don't?"
"Then I am going to take you over my knee and give you a good spanking. This is about
more than just us. Stop being so pigheaded for a minute and try to Understand; think about what's happening in the world."
"Go to hell!" She turned around and walked out of the room.
I don't think she understood, do you?
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