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Monday, June 27, 2016

TUESDAY TALES - PICTURE PROMPT


We continue with Maggie's Story this week. Using this picture as a prompt, I'm limited to only 300 words. I'll try to make each one count.


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“I want to go there someday,” Maggie said, running the duster over the stunning oil painting.
“Tuscany?”
She nodded. “The green reminds me of home. I didn’t grow up in London like you. I miss it in this city of concrete and brick.”
“I’ll take you there,” John said, pulling the implement from her hand and laying it down.
“You? On what? A chauffeur’s salary?”
“Put on your coat. The fur one the Missus gave you.”
“What for?”
“I’m taking you out. We’ve seven more days before they get home. I don’t plan to spend it rattlin’ around this ole place. Come on, girl. Let’s have an adventure.”
A soft snort escaped her throat.  “Adventure? On what? Two dimes and a nickel?”
“Not everything’s about money, young lady. Let’s go.”
He held the old beaver coat Maggie had received as a hand-me-down from Anne Roberts.
John laced his fingers with hers as they walked briskly through the park. The biting wind stung her face, but her body was warm.
“Here it is,” he said, turning left. They climbed the stairs. Inside, John paid for admission.
“Now, pretty lady, where do you want to go? France to see Van Gogh and Monet? Egypt to see the tombs? Japan, China or Mexico?”
Maggie turned around slowly, taking in the foyer of the Metropolitan Museum of art.
“All of ‘em, I think.”
“Good lord! Then we’d better get started.”
“What about lunch?”  She pushed in her belly a bit to hide a low rumble.
“They’ve a lovely restaurant here, milady. Will you be my guest?”
Maggie’s cheeks heated.
“Good. We’ll start there then,” John said, offering his arm.
“You’ll be spoiling me, John Eldridge. Best stop now.” But she took his arm and followed along.
“That’s the idea, Maggie. That’s the very idea.”

5 comments:

V.L. Locey said...

Great excerpt! This is such a wonderful couple. I can't wait to read more about them.

Cathy Brockman said...

Looks like a fun story!

Joselyn Vaughn said...

Sounds like they have a sweet adventure coming.

Tricia Andersen said...

Awww...I love how he spoils her. They are so sweet together. ❤️

Trisha Faye said...

I love this snippet! The way they interact, how he gives her special, unexpected treats like this, and the way you worked the picture prompt into the story in an unusual way.