Instructions: Go to the 7th page of a work in progress, go 7 lines down, post the next 7 lines, then challenge 7 other writers to do the same. (I'm passing on the last part; I don't think writers need much encouragement to share what they're working on. But please do share!)
Here's my entry in today's challenge:
He had learned long ago never to correct his father, not on any provocation, but how to answer this one? No said she'd lied, and was doubly dangerous if it caught his father in the black mood which had been almost constant since the spring. Yes painted him a coward, and would not stop the punishment, anyway. Behind him, he could feel her spirit salivating in anticipation. He did not look up again.
"Sir," he said.