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A Post About Hope for #MFRWHooks

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Hope. It’s in short supply right now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet we need it, or we’re going to have an even harder time digging our way out of the mess we’re now collectively in.

I’ve said before, here at my blog, that I wonder how Bruno and Sarah, my characters in the Elfy duology (comprised of AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE and A LITTLE ELFY IN BIG TROUBLE), would do in this situation. And I’m writing a story now about exactly that, so eventually I hope I’ll know.

But what came to me, tonight, is that I actually do have a bit of an answer already.

In A LITTLE ELFY IN BIG TROUBLE, my hero Bruno and my heroine Sarah are trying to save Bruno’s teacher and mentor, Roberto the Wise. Roberto’s been taken and tortured by a Dark Elf, Dennis; worse yet, he’s being tortured in public as a sort of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 exercise as most of the people in the crowd are under the influence of psychedelic incense, poisoned ground, or worse.

So, Dennis is doing what he is — an evil act, or even worse, a series of evil acts — in plain sight.

Sarah is a strong empath. Eventually, she hopes to be a doctor (in Bruno’s parlance, a Healer), like her grandmother was years ago. She can’t help but feel what’s going on with Roberto; Roberto is dying, and may not even live to be sacrificed, as far as she knows. And while Bruno knows this, and can feel some of it, too, it doesn’t hit him directly as hard. Not anywhere as hard as it’s hit Sarah, anyway.

But watching Sarah suffer hurts him.

So, without further ado, here’s that scene from A LITTLE ELFY IN BIG TROUBLE:

He turned to Sarah and took her wrist, feeling her pulse bounding against his too-cool hand. “Are you all right, my love?” he asked softly. “Are you sure you don’t want to get out of here? Someone could be spared to take you away from all this…”

“No, Bruno,” Sarah said. She looked like she wanted to say more, but instead started coughing as if her throat was as dry as any of Bruno’s old textbooks. She continued to look pale, waxen, and ill; only her dark eyes showed any trace of her usual force of spirit. “I have to stay here. I’m Roberto’s only hope.”

“Well, he has other hopes, dear,” Bruno replied, contradicting her last statement almost as a reflex, “but yes, you’re his best hope.”

See, Sarah, despite being gravely ill now (an illness of a spiritual nature), is there because she is needed. Just as our doctors, our nurses, our pharmacists, our grocery workers, our police/fire/EMT emergency responders, and our postal workers — among others — are there now despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sarah believes in hope. So does Bruno. Because at this point, neither of them knows how they’re going to rescue Roberto. The situation is bad. While they do have allies, their allies can’t do all that much to help…or worse, their allies can only help in certain ways. And every one of their allies is also at risk from the Dark Elf, who’s as evil a creature as has ever lived in the multiverse. (At least, as far as Bruno and Sarah understand.)

I think we all need to believe in hope right now, too.

We don’t know the end of the story, right now, with COVID-19. We don’t know much, except that it can be deadly and that we don’t have any cure for it. We don’t have a vaccine, either. And all we can do is our best to stay home; when we’re not at home, or doing essential things like getting food (rarely) or medicine or exercising, we must be careful and cautious if at all possible. (Don’t get me started about what the Supreme Court of the United States did yesterday in saying that people who didn’t get their absentee ballots for today’s Wisconsin election in time to get them in the mail today must go to vote in person despite this pandemic, or I will be so furious I can’t even type.)

Anyway. We have to hope. We have to believe we will come out the other side of this and recognize ourselves. We have to hope against all odds that we will get past the COVID-19 pandemic; we have to hope that we’ll be able to live through it, and somehow find a way to make better public policy in the future so other pandemics don’t catch the United States flat-footed as we were this time.

Just as Bruno and Sarah somehow found hope in a horrible situation, we must, too.

That’s why I wrote this BookHooks post, on behalf of my fellow Marketing for Romance Writers authors and anyone else who needed to read it. And I do hope it helps you.

Written by Barb Caffrey

April 7, 2020 at 8:25 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on Likamarie's Blog.


    April 7, 2020 at 9:11 pm

  2. Love the reminder of hope. It’s what pulls us forward every day, isn’t it? Hope that tomorrow will be better. Thank you for this!

    Kayelle Allen

    April 8, 2020 at 5:15 am

  3. Brilliant post.


    April 8, 2020 at 9:19 am

    • Thank you so much, Daryl! I’m sorry it took me so long to see your comment. It got caught in the spam folder — bad spam folder, bad! — and I wasn’t aware of it until today.

      Barb Caffrey

      August 27, 2020 at 1:46 am

  4. Hope is what separates humanity from everything else.


    April 8, 2020 at 10:43 am

    • That’s absolutely true. 🙂 Thank you for your comment, and I am sorry it got caught in the spam folder.

      Barb Caffrey

      August 27, 2020 at 1:46 am

  5. Interesting post. Yes, we all need hope and it’s in short supply. We have to believe tomorrow will be better. Thanks for sharing the reminder. Stay safe!


    April 8, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    • Thank you so much! You stay safe, too! (And again, I’m sorry your comment — as were several others — was caught in the spam folder.)

      Barb Caffrey

      August 27, 2020 at 1:47 am

  6. Interesting bits here and hope is important


    April 8, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    • Thank you so much! I appreciate your comment. I am sorry it got caught in the spam folder, but I’m glad I saw it today.

      Barb Caffrey

      August 27, 2020 at 1:47 am

  7. Very good point about being an “only” hope and a “best” hope! I think we have lots of best hopes right now. One of the things Covid-19 has done for us is remind us of all the things we have to be grateful in our everyday lives. I hope that part of this catastrophe stays with us, afterward.


    April 8, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    • Dee, I’m with you, there. We have so many blessings, that sometimes we take them for granted. Being able to go and walk around without a mask, for example; being able to do what we want as we have the time, money, and energy to do so, without worrying that we’ll be exposed to a deadly disease has been another one.

      I’m so sorry that your post, along with several others, got caught in the spam folder. But I am truly happy I saw it today. 🙂

      Barb Caffrey

      August 27, 2020 at 1:49 am

  8. Aw, thank you for sharing this story of hope–and bravery in the face of risking one’s life to save another’s. You’re right–hope is one of the most powerful forces there is. Be well. Be safe.


    April 8, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    • You are most welcome! I was glad to do it.

      I’m sorry that I didn’t see your comment earlier, though. As I’ve said at several other comments today, I had no idea that the spam folder was holding on to a whole bunch of comments. I have no idea why it did that.

      I am glad, though, that I saw it today. 🙂

      Barb Caffrey

      August 27, 2020 at 1:50 am

  9. Good choice of snippet to illustrate your point. Hope is so important right now. I’m hoping that something good for the country eventually emerges from this horror we’re living through now.


    April 8, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    • Thanks much, Lyndi! 🙂 And so do I…I don’t know what it’ll be, nor how it’ll take shape, but I truly do hope it’ll help somehow. (We’ve lost too much for it to do anything else.)

      Barb Caffrey

      April 8, 2020 at 11:25 pm

  10. Great message for these times!

    Ed Hoornaert

    April 8, 2020 at 10:32 pm

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