Broken Hearts

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(100 word challenge)

“I just sat there. I just held Shelby’s hand. There was no noise, no tremble, just peace. Oh god. I realize as a woman how lucky I am. I was there when that wonderful creature drifted into my life and I was there when she drifted out. It was the most precious moment of my life.” – M’Lynn, Steele Magnolias (1989)

He turned to her.  Need sprang up through heavy sorrow.  Has enough time passed?  His touch.  Her kiss.  They burst the bubble of grief, free to cling to each other and be a couple again, not just a mother and a father.

Little Tokens

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(100 word challenge)

Her laughter is driving me crazy!  How on earth can the woman laugh so much?  There is nothing to laugh at; our lives suck.

She kissed him on his temple.  Smiling.  That stupid, dopey, I-love-you smile.  I don’t feel the same about her.  I will never be able to love her the same.  And therein he understood how much she loved him even though he was broken.

When she brought him a Pepsi, he thanked her.  She smiled to herself as she walked away.  Little tokens.  It’s everything he has to offer.  And I will treasure them in my heart.

Knight in Shining Armor

Credit:  Quotes Worth Repeating

On Golden Pond (1981)

Quotes ~

Norman: You are a pretty old dame aren’t you? What are you doing with a dotty old son of a bitch like me?

Ethel: Well, I haven’t the vaguest idea.

* * *

Ethel Thayer: “Sometimes you have to look hard at a person, and realize he’s doing the best he can.”

* * *

Ethel: You know, Norman, you really are the sweetest man in the world, but I’m the only one who knows it.

Moment By Moment

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(100 word challenge)

Mayra sat tall in her wheelchair. Time had not healed him.

“I want you to be happy.”

They both stared at the finish line.

“We raised a family,” she said, more to herself, to ease the pain in her heart, to prevent it from hardening against him. “Why now?”

“I’m always going to be broken.”

She held his hand. “I never asked for more.”

“I wanted more for you…and for me.”

“It’s been more than enough, don’t you know that? Cross the finish line with me.”


She squeezed his hand. “Moment by moment.”

A Meeting of Hearts

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(100 word challenge)

Ella opened the blinds and smiled at the mid-morning sun. Joy erupted within like a geyser.

Last night was special. The first shared look, the conversation throughout the night where many commonalities revealed themselves like little advent gifts, and then the exchange of phone numbers with a promise to meet for coffee later.

So dizzying, so thrilling. How long had Ella waited while other friends slipped away into the starry night of marriage?

Could this be the one? Definitely maybe.

The ringtone doused her school-girlish glee and fluffed a more sedate and mature hope.


She grinned, stupidly. “Kaylynn, hi!”

Emergency Proposal

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(100 word challenge)

“Drake, I’m scared.” The forest shivered with the scuffing of walkers, their soft moaning sending a rapid angst gushing through her veins.

He held her. “It’ll be all right.” Walkers couldn’t withstand the glare from the industrial lamps they had used to surround the shed. Nothing could. Yet, he feared the possibility.

He held her close, overcome by the same infectious angst, and in that moment he blurted out the most ridiculous thing imaginable. “Marry me!”

“You’re kidding!”

“I mean it.”

The ability to grasp the idea escaped her. “Ask me when we get out of this!”

Matters of The Heart

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(100 word challenge)

“We believe that people stick together when they make a commitment.”

He curled his upper lip. When did Mom jump on that bandwagon? After Dad died?

“We’re not breaking up. We’re taking a break.”

“Sounds like a break up to me, Joe, and you know what the Church says about divorce!”

Living with a born again mother is hell. “We still love each other and we’re seeing a counselor…and how did we get started on this anyway? It’s absolutely none of your business.”

She softened. “I know all about heartbreak, Joe.”

He was having none of it.

(Yes, this is Joe Taylor from Inheritance with his mother.)

Better Together

Photo by Nicole De Khors from Burst

(100 word challenge)

He wakes and softly chuckles at the sight of her: hair in disarray, baggy eyes, mouth agape and drool because her teeth are in a glass on the bathroom counter. This is the woman he married 35 years ago.

They’d lived together longer than they’d lived at home with their parents and siblings. Almost a lifetime together. There were more years to come.

He paused. They’d separated once. Had grown apart in the early days of raising a family. How did they fall away from each other, how did they come back together?

It didn’t matter. He vowed to stay.

Crossing Bridges

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(100 word challenge)

Worn boots on a weathered table under a canopy of oak. Hot coffee. Angie joined him on the terrace.

There was nothing to say. The weight of it all dampened the sun’s warmth.

“You shouldn’t have called him.”

“It’s time to start fresh, Hal.”

“He doesn’t know me. I don’t know me.” He looked pained.

“I know you.” She squeezed his shoulder. “You are the man that showed me with your love and patience how wonderful life can be. You’ll be a great father.

She sat beside him. He kissed her hand.

“Maybe,” he said.

Healing Tide

Photo by Nicole De Khors from Burst

(100 word challenge)

Calypso. She dances in the salty wind, the sea swells beneath her feet. I fell in love with Calypso, the mistress of my soul. Yet darkness hid within her.

She threw the wine glass at the hearth and it shattered. I watched as if it would magically dissolve into the black slate. “He raped me when I was ten,” she said.

I took her hand. “I will never hurt you.”

“You already have. Only a fool makes that promise.”

“Then, I will hurt with you.”

Reduced to a slow-rolling wave, she gently broke upon me. “I believe you.”