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Monday, December 17, 2012

TUESDAY TALES, PICTURE PROMPT

Brand new story this week from a book idea that has been edging its way into my head. Hope you enjoy the 300-word piece.



Beck Langley’s feet and hands tingled from the frigid temperature. Frostbite? He approached the house and hesitated for a moment, before knocking quickly while he still had the courage. The door whipped open as if Lark had been waiting for his arrival. She pulled him inside and quickly shut the door against the subzero temperature.
  “Come, sit by the fire.”
She wore a long, white flannel gown, with a tiny flower print in shades of pink. Her honey hair was flowing down just past her shoulders. She looked like a goddess from the ‘60’s.
“Nice an' warm in here,” he said, removing his gloves and kneeling down by the fireplace.
“I love a big fire on days like this. I’m so glad you decided to come.” She touched his shoulder.
“You have a lovely home.” Just like you. The golden color of the wood walls blended perfectly with the peaches and light reds in the fabrics and curtains. A sectional sofa facing the fire looked inviting. Lark sat down and patted the cushion next to her. Beck joined her, enchanted by her sweet lilac scent and relaxed by heat from the fire. My place is always so damn cold.

“Puts my place to shame.”
“You should do something with your house. I’ll help.”
I would but I never know when Carol and the kids’ll…”
“You keep saying that. Your sister has a new life now, a husband. She doesn’t need you.”
“She’ll always…”
“I didn’t mean it like that. It’s time to have your own life.”
“It’s too late.”
“It’s never too late for love.” She practically whispered the words.
Beck heard her loud and clear.
“You’re not over the hill at forty-two, Beck.”
He gazed at her lovely face and a tiny glimmer of hope began to grow in his chest.
Tuesday Tales is on a break until January 8, 2013. I wish you A happy holiday.
 

7 comments:

An Open Book said...

Wonderful use of the senses in this scene!
Nice start to a new WIP!

Dawne

Iris B said...

The description of the fire sounded very inviting, too!

V.L. Locey said...

Lovey scene! The fire sounded so inviting.

SherryGLoag said...

Love the images and emotions you've created with this Jean. i hope you share more with us.

Davee said...

Wonderful new story line. I agree it's never too late for love. :)

Lindsay said...

Loving the new idea for a story

Carolyn Gibbs said...

Sounds like a great story is brewing, Jean. Would like to hear more about these two.