She could only see his profile but there was something familiar about him. She looked far too long at him and as if he sensed her staring, he turned to look at her. She gasped in shock when she saw him head on. It was a friend from her past. One who had helped her through a very difficult time, when she separated from her husband and filed for divorce.
A sudden look of recognition showed on his face and she knew he remembered her. She had always wondered what had happened to him Now was her chance to reconnect with him. They had once been so close she thought of him as a baby brother.
She started walking towards him trying to not show how excited she was to see him again… she didn’t want to scare him off. She got close enough to extend a hand and he shook it. “Long time no see Sara.”
“A long time indeed. I have missed you. What are you up to these days?”
He began to fill her in on his life and she felt so at home next to him. She wondered if he would ever realize how much his friendship had helped her back then. An open ear to talk to and a hand to hold onto for a little strength.
They sat at their table in the bar and talked for over an hour when he said he had to leave.
“Oh, Dave it has been so good to talk to you. Please let’s not make it another 2 years before we talk again. She stood up with him and gave him a long embrace.
He pulled out of the hug and told her, “Call me, we should do dinner sometime.”
“I would love that.”
She sighed as he walked out the door and she hoped it would not be the last she saw of him.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – profile
“E-G-R-E-G-I-O-U-S, egregious.” Amanda looked nervous as she waited for the judges to tell her if she had spelled the word right.
“That is correct. And that puts you in the finals tomorrow Miss Nelson.”
She let go a big sigh of relief and said, “Thank you judge.” She immediately scanned the audience and found her mom seated near the back, but her dad was no where to be seen. Amanda was twelve years old and she was now in the final round of the Midwest spelling bee. She was happy to win but crushed that her dad was not there.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – egregious
The woman walked up to the bar and ordered a blended margarita. The bartender said, “It will take a little time ma’am I have to go to the kitchen to use their blender, mine is not working.”
“That’s fine,” she said as she hopped onto the bar stool. Watching the bartender get her drink started she noticed a man at the end of the counter. He smiled her way and she gave a small quick smile back. She was here to relax, not to find a date.
The bartender stopped to talk to the man on his way to the kitchen. In a short time, he returned and handed the margarita to her. She asked, “How much do I own you?”
“Nothing ma’am. The tan gent at the end of the bar bought it for you.”
She took a sip and inwardly sighed deeply. She really didn’t want to talk to him, but she couldn’t be rude. She gave the bartender a tip and made her way to the end of the bar.
“I owe you a thanks for this drink I hear,” she said and noticed the rugged good looks and deep tan… he had to have an outdoor job or spent all his free time at the beach.
“It is my pleasure Dawn,” he replied.
She was shocked by the fact he knew her name and showed her surprise. “Wait, how did you know my name.”
In a short gesture the truth came out. He pointed to the name badge she had forgotten to take off after work and she turned bright red.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – (I stretched the challenge a little with this one – tan gent.) tangent
She reached across her desk to pick up the piece of paper she had just placed there not more than five minutes ago. She began to read it again, for about the tenth time. She was finally going to do it. She had been working on a short novel for nearly two years and she finally was going to put it out there to be judged by different publishing companies.
She held the cover letter in her hands and deciding it was okay, she placed it on top of her manuscript and sealed the envelope. It was now or never.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – paper
“What are you doing Sara,” her mom asked as she walked up to her room. The radio was up loud and apparently Sara did not hear her mom. So, once again she asked what she was doing as she flipped the lights on.
“Oh, hi mom! I am just doing a little exercise,” Sara said through a heavy breath.
“What prompted this suddenly?” Her mom asked.
Sara smiled and said, “I am going to be in Diane’s wedding next fall, and I want to look good for it.”
“You look fine just the way you are… well without all that sweat you have right now!” Her mom chuckled and added, “Don’t overwork yourself. Dinner is in an hour.”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – sweat