The Perfect Present

Photo by Samantha Hurley from Burst

(100 word challenge)

“I don’t like giving presents. I never know what to get anyone.”

“I’m happy with whatever you get me.”

He stared daggers at the computer.

“You gave me dish towels one year. I loved them!” She could feel the relief in his demeanor. She didn’t want big and fancy love.

Later, he said, “I know something you don’t know,” with a smirk on his face.

“Hey! I thought I wasn’t allowed to say that about gifts.”

Very seriously, he said, “You’re not.” Then, he smiled and resumed interest in his online game.

The moment was priceless.

This is True Love

Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst

(100 word challenge)

“Does this look okay on me?”

He glanced at her. “It depends on what you mean by “okay”?

“Does it make me look like I’m trying to look nice but everyone knows I’m stupid and pathetic?”

“You need to get your mother out of your head.”

But I want you to tell me you love me no matter what.

Wordlessly, she changed her clothes.

At the computer, he said, “Look. This is for your car so you can hear music from your phone.” She’d wanted this for months.

She kissed his temple. “Thank you.”

From my heart.

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

Photo by Nicole De Khors from Burst

(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.