Saturday, July 10, 2010

Saturday Centus: After the Storm

I have decided to join Jenny Matlock and participate in Saturday Centus for this week. This week she has thrown us a curve. We are allowed to write up to 200 words, not including the prompt, in Harlequin Romance fashion. Well, being only minimally acquainted with this type of writing style, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try myself. I left the prompt in bold. Without further ado, I present to you:


After the Storm


Jenny Matlock


It was late. The abrupt thundershower had left glistening, moonlit puddles along my running path. It was eerily silent and the only sounds I heard were the thump, thump, thump of my Adidas upon the wet country road.

Deep in my thoughts of him, I rounded the bend and reversed my path to head home. When I turned around I was startled to meet a green-eyed gaze. It was him. The man of my dreams. The man whose face, whose touch, whose kiss I would never, couldn’t ever, forget.

“How did you find me?” I asked, still in shock. Reaching out to grasp my now trembling hands he drew me close. He smelled of musk and prairie grass.  My tears began to fall, mingling with the drops tumbling from the rain soaked cottonwood branches above.

“Why did you leave?” he inquired back. Why, indeed. I have asked myself this same question many, many times. His passion, so intense, so pure, and so raw, scared me. It was difficult for me to believe I deserved such happiness, such pleasure… And so, as usual, I ran.

I looked up into his emerald eyes; eyes upon a face that was smiling with tenderness and love. My trepidation gave in to desire. The tempest began anew. 

19 comments:

Steven Anthony said...

so romantic....pain and beauty....well done!

Jenny said...

Polly! I love it! How fun to see you writing in a different genre! Did you like it?

This was a neat use of the prompt and I love the poignancy of loss and the surge of hope in your story!

Love it!

Tina said...

You did great! You set a solid mood, and kept it tight. And just steamy enough... ;-)

Brian Miller said...

smokin polly...
gotta watch out for us green eyed men...lol.

Terra said...

Oh so many of us run. This was really excellent! I am glad you joined!!!

Malisa said...

Keep running girl! He will only be trouble! :) I was intrigued with the smell of musk and prairie grass...and all of this under a cottonwood tree!

I enjoyed!

Malisa

Sue said...

Boy, that one really set a mood. Well done!

=)

Cheryl said...

You're a natural at this! A home run first time at bat.

Jingle said...

lovely tale!

mbkatc230 said...

Really well told. Your imagery was great, I can feel the mist and see the moon glinting on the puddles. You did a great job with this challenge! Kat

Vicki said...

RUN GIRL RUN!!

This was good...

Our really empty nest said...

I am having fun reading these, in my opinion yours is one of the best! Great job! Sue

♥♥ tuğçe♥♥ said...

wowwww i love it and it is awesomeee

i miss u a lot
i hope u a lovely day((:

Bookie said...

Nicely done...wonderful Midwestern thunderstorm details...

Viki said...

I loved it all. This was really good. The ending line makes me worry though for her, ha.

Tgoette said...

Great first effort! A very entertaining story! Well done.

Tina said...

i loved your part 'My tears began to fall, mingling with the drops tumbling from the rain soaked cottonwood branches above'

Happy SC :)

Tina from
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My name is PJ. said...

You could publish this....

cj Schlottman said...

I love happy endings, especially when they come with the prospect of sex! Your easy to read style is great!

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