Very Short Story #29
“Would you be scared…” she stops, suddenly hesitating, meekly looking across the table at her coffee companion.
He implored her to go on with his ocean blue eyes. Gathering her courage, and pushing past the lump in her throat, she asks, “Would you be scared if I said that I love you?” She shut her eyes not wanting to see his reaction to her love confession. Because I do… love you, that is. Words tumbled and tossed and tangled around each other as they banged against her brain and knocked against her worried heart, but it came to a standstill when warm hands cupped hers.
The gesture gives her the courage to open her eyes, but not to still her wicked fears.
His hands returned to the large cup of java he was using to keep warm rather than to drink from it. The smile on his face was bright. It melted into pure happiness that she promised herself to move mountains if it meant framing the genuine expression on his face for all the lifetimes that they’ll spend together.
He was her moon.
“No,” he replied, blue eyes locked onto hers. “Because, I love you, too.”
All grammatical errors are mine.
*** Thanks for reading this super short. I’m slowly, but surely inching my way back to writing.
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Starting off this beautiful Monday morning with this wonderful and inspiring tag 10 things that make me happy: the 71-year-old’s award via Susie. 😄
Without further ado, here are 10 things that make me happy:
* When God wakes me up to see another day.
* Time alone with God.
* Spending time with loved ones.
* My Bible study group.
* Serving (for the Lord) any which way I can.
* Walking in God’s playground, nature.
* My pet cats.
Anyone can join in the fun. All you have to do is write 10 things that make you happy and don’t forget to link the original post (see above) or comment down below at least one thing that made you happy today.
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Let me know down below, how is your Monday thus far. 😄
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Coffee jokes such as these are going to be randomly appearing around La Petit Muse for a while. 😉
Short Story #25
Jack Payet absentmindedly sat in the empty office amidst the clutter of reports strewn on the floor, twisting his wedding ring back and forth bruising the pale finger in the process. Things were not as they used to be and he found himself staying later at the office pretending to throw himself into his journalistic work so he’ll be the last person to leave.
Until he stopped leaving altogether.
His assistant editor had found him asleep on the couch twice with an overnight bag on the floor but didn’t have the gall to say anything. However, curiosity got the best of her the fifth time she found him chasing sleep away with a yawn as he struggled to get his jacket on to begin work for seven and without holding back, breached his privacy by remarking, “Don’t you go home anymore, Jack?”
And before he could stop himself, words were tumbling out of his mouth. “Sometimes, you can’t go home.” Before she could ask what he meant, words that he never shared with anyone since the mishap tumbled out in quick succession before he changed his mind about sharing.
“The comfy embrace of bed and sheets no longer welcomes me. Our bedroom feels… hallowed out as if it’s suffering from a terrible loss. I used to hang on to her words. Her breath was mine to take. I just can’t accept the fact that Denise won’t be coming back. Without her, home is never going to be the same again.
“I simply cannot go back there now that it feels like a tomb… cold and empty.”
He bows his head in silent respect for his loss and dusty brown hair flops into tired gray-green eyes hiding stories that were yet to be told.
Not knowing what to say for she was not expecting a grieving response to her rhetorical question, his assistant awkwardly asked if he’ll like a cup of coffee. He nodded, not willing himself to speak anymore.
His heart ached painfully for his beloved.
So he sat alone in the empty office twirling the ring around his finger as if willing his wife to come walking through the door, but it was all in vain.
All grammatical errors are mine.
This short is part of a serial I’m currently working on titled “Sanctimonious”. Jack Payet is one of the main characters that is dealing with a huge loss as you can tell from the story. Did his wife leave him? Did he do something regrettable and is too late to fix it? Is his wife dead? Speculations. Speculations.
I’ll like to say more, but this is a story that my bestie (You guys know Tammy!) is reading whenever I update it and I don’t want to spoil much for her. Also, I simply wanted to write a little angst.
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This one was a little too much, but I was experimenting with glitters and backgrounds and there was no way to edit it with lesser hearts. Eh! Tammy, see how much I love you! 💙
I am working on new contents for the blog which I’ll be sharing soon. Oh, right, wrong post. 😁That randomness out of the way, I am here with another tag. I have about 4 more tags to go, but we’ll see how that goes before the month comes to an end. I can’t pass up an opportunity to talk about books so when I saw Madame Writer complete this tag a few months ago, I bookmarked it to complete it at a later date. She always has the best tags around! Okay, grab your coffee…
…and let’s dive in.
Black Coffee: Name a Series That’s Tough to Get Into But Has Diehard Fans
Haha! This question reminds me of that time when everyone was into Friends and I just couldn’t get into it for I find Rachel to be extremely boring and annoying. I’d rather watch Will & Grace back then… oh, right, this is about books! 😆I’ll have to go with Harry Potter. It’s not that it’s tough to get into I just don’t like magic and demonic spell casting.
Peppermint Mocha Coffee: Name a Book That Gets More Popular During the Winter of a Festive Time of the Year
I don’t care for festive books. I’m not big on Christmas, but I’ll have to go with How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Wished he could’ve stolen it and kept it forever. >.< I know. I know. What a Dickens thing to say! 😒
Hot Chocolate: What is Your Favorite Children’s Book
Back then when I didn’t know better it was The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.
Kudos to HirokoChu18 for this GIF!
Heck yes, I shipped them! They would’ve made the most beautiful Disney couple ever simply because interracial is a beautiful thing and there isn’t enough interracial goodness out there! Eh, I know nobody can replace Jasmine but she can have Eric. Had I still cared about Disney, I would’ve definitely written a FanFic featuring Arieladin.
Double Shot of Espresso: Name a Book that Kept You on the Edge of Your Seat from Start to Finish
Most recently it was French Kiss by James Patterson. I’ll be writing a review about the mini Luc Moncrief trilogy soon. It was really good despite being a BookShot.
Starbucks: Name a Book You See Everywhere
The Holy Bible. 💙It’s so refreshing to see God’s Word in every bookstore I visit. Some stores even have a special display for the Bibles.
That Hipster Coffee Shop: Give a Book by an Indie Author a Shoutout
I haven’t read a lot of Indie books, but I recently read one and that was How Roland Rolls so what’s up Jim Carrey? I recently read the book, liked it, and rated it 3 cups of steaming coffee.
Oops! I Accidentally Got Decaf: Name a Book You Were Expecting More From
Hmm… you really want to know? I finish read it a few weeks ago and I want to write a review on it, but I am disappointed with how it actually turned out, so I put it aside for to review at a later date when I don’t feel like setting it on fire. None other than When Dimple Met Rishi.
The Perfect Blend: Name a Book or Series That Was Both Bitter and Sweet, But Ultimately Satisfying
When was the last time I ever had a perfect blend? I honestly can’t think of one right now and I guess I have to pass.
Green Tea: Name a Book or Series that is Quietly Beautiful
The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon. It tells the story of Lynnie and Homan. They’re in love and tries to run away from the Pennsylvania State School for the Incurable and Feebleminded in 1968. Homan is a deaf African American and Lynnie is a young white woman with a developmental disability. I love how Simon portrays these characters showing that despite the young couple’s disabilities, they have the same human needs as every one of us. Maybe I’ll reread it one day and write a full review for when I read it 5 years ago, I thought it was beautiful. Plus, #yayforinterracialgoodness.
Chai Tea: A Book or Series That Makes You Dream of Far Off Places
The first book that made me wanderlust was Around the World in Eighty Days. I love Jean Passepartout! His surname literally translates to “goes everywhere” in English and in the book he was a well-traveled man. I know Phileas Fogg was the main protagonist, but I never cared for him.
Earl Grey: Name Your Favourite Classic
Certainly not Earl Grey tea. Yuck! I adore Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne and of course, the book that started my love for reading, The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. I look forward to rereading those books soon!
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