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No Reservations – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS


He sat at the restaurant’s table and swirled the wine in his glass. As he waited for her, his mind drifted back to the conversation he’d had earlier that afternoon with his best friend.

He had been getting ready when Mark had called, and they talked as he got dressed.

“So where are you and Lidia going?” Mark had asked.

“I got us reservations for 5:00 at Michel’s.”

“Wow! You’re really going all out for this, aren’t you?”

“You know it.”

“Really going to do it, huh? No second thoughts? No reservations about your decision?”

“Nope. None at all.”

“Well, good luck, man. I hope it goes well for you.”

“Thanks, buddy.”

He gazed pensively into the wine in his glass. Am I really sure about this? he thought despite what he’d told Mark. I’m not making a mistake, am I?

Lidia walked up to the table, escorted by a waiter, and sat down across from him with a big grin on her beautiful face, and any doubts he had about his decision evaporated.

No reservations at all, he thought with a grin of his own as he slowly began to slide the ring box from his pants pocket.

This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “reservation”:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS June 16/18


Any Moment – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS


“Any moment now,” Lena thought as she watched the school’s back door from where she stood by the large tree in the school yard. “He should be coming any moment now…”

She’d left a note for him in his locker, asking him to meet her there after school because she had something important to tell him. Jason was the cutest boy in the school and was the star athlete, and every girl had a crush on him. She’d been lucky enough to have had him as her lab partner in class a few days ago, and they’d seemed to get along well enough. She couldn’t stop thinking about him ever since, so she decided to take a chance.

“Any moment now,” she said softly as she continued to stand there, watching the door in anticipation.

“Whatcha doin’?” said a chipper voice behind her.

Lena jumped and let out a small cry of surprise. She turned and found Eli, the class clown, standing on the other side of the tree. “What are you doing here?” she asked.

He flinched at the annoyed tone of her voice. “You didn’t go home after school, like usual. I just wondered if something was wrong.”

Eli was her next-door neighbor and they’d been good friends when they were little. As they grew older, she’d made new friends in school and she’d tried to avoid him as much as possible, not wanting to be associated with the class clown. But he wouldn’t leave her alone.

“It’s not any of your business, Eli,” she said, and turned her back on him to return to watching the school door.

“If you’re waiting for Jason, you can stop,” Eli said. “He’s not coming.”

She turned back to him. “What do you mean? And how did you know?”

He gave her a knowing look and said, “I saw Jason leaving earlier with Julia. They were laughing and holding hands.”

She frowned. “But…But…In class the other day….I really thought…” She slumped to the ground and started to silently cry.

Eli shook his head then knelt beside her. “You should’ve known better than to have gotten your hopes up for a guy like him. The hot guy on campus, the star athlete…You know every girl is going to want him. And you know those guys are always the “player” type. You deserve someone better than him, Lena.”

She looked up at him. “You really think so?”

“I do.”

“Any ideas who that might be? Or where he might be?”

He wiped her tears away as he replied, “Who knows? He could be anyone or anywhere. He could even be closer than you think.”

She gave him an appraising look. She’d never seen this side of him before. It was rather nice. She gave him a small smile and said, “Maybe you’re right.”

This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “any”:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Apr. 1/17


Live – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Jared watched the cute girl across the room who had on a t-shirt for his favorite rock band and tried to pluck up the courage to go over and talk to her, doubting he’d have a chance with her. “You only live once,” he told himself, and finally went over and asked her if she wanted to go with him to see the band live in concert when they came to town for the festival the next week.



This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “live”:

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12 Things You Should Consider Before You Fall In Love With A Writer #MondayBlogs #AmWriting

A little FYI….

Lucy Mitchell


The decision to fall in love with a writer should NOT be taken lightly.Writers are strange and interesting creatures, who need to be handled with extreme care.

If you are on the verge of falling in love with a writer, please consider the following points below.

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Bus Stop – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS




Julia stood at the bus stop at the edge of town, a single suitcase sitting on the ground at her feet. She looked at the watch on her wrist. Just a few more minutes until the bus got there and she could finally leave this boring little town and start a new life in the big city.

A couple of minutes later, a car pulled up next to her and she frowned. She wanted to make a clean break with no regrets and didn’t want to see anyone before she left. And she certainly didn’t want to see him.

Jimmy got out and walked over to her. “What do you think you’re doing, Julia?” he asked. “When I stopped by your house earlier, your mom said you were leaving?”

“That’s right. I’m leaving. I’m tired of this dull town. I’m going to the city and make a life for myself there.”

“What’s wrong with this town? You’ve lived here all your life. Everyone here knows you and loves you. Can’t you stay and get a job here? Have a life here?”

Julia shook her head. “There’s nothing here for me, Jimmy. I have dreams, things I want to see and do, and I just can’t do them in this little town.”

“But what about me?”

“I’m sorry, Jimmy. You’re a great guy, and I do love you and wish you all the best, but I can’t stay. I have to go and spread my wings. Don’t you understand?”

In the distance, the bus could be seen heading her way.

Jimmy looked her in the eyes. “I understand.”

He got back in his car and started it up. He pulled away…and turned around and parked it on the opposite side of the road. He got out, tossed the keys away into the grass, and walked over to stand by her at the bus stop.

She looked at him in surprise. “What are you doing, Jimmy?”

“If you won’t stay, then I’m going to come with you. I love you, Julia, and wherever you go, I want to be with you.”

“Are you sure?”

He nodded, and she smiled and hugged him tightly. “Thank you,” she whispered.

The bus pulled up next to them. Jimmy retrieved her suitcase and the two got on the bus to find their future together.

This story is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “bus”:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Sept. 24/16



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Void – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

When Abby’s fiance died suddenly in a car accident just days before the wedding, she didn’t think she’d ever be able to fill the void left in her heart from losing the man she thought was her soul mate. But then, one day, a few months after the accident, she just happened to meet Jackson, and the emptiness slowly began to fill.


This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “void”:


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It’s A Date – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS



Delilah was sitting on the couch, snacking and watching TV when the phone rang. She answered it.


“Hey there, Delilah,” said Tony’s voice, causing a shocked Lyla to drop the date she was about to bite into.

“Tony, hi!” she said, trying to hide her surprise. She’d never expected him to call her after their brief meeting at the gym the other day, though she’d continually hoped he would. She had completely embarrassed herself then, after all, and she wouldn’t have blamed him if he’d conveniently lost her number. “What’s up?”

“I was just wondering if you’d like to go to dinner Friday night? That is, if you’re not busy or anything.”

“Oh, no, I’m not busy. Dinner on Friday sounds great!”

“Awesome! It’s a date, then. See you at 8p.m.?”

“Perfect! See you at 8p.m.!”

Tony hung up and Delilah quickly marked the date of the date on her calendar so she wouldn’t forget – as if she could ever forget it! Then she called her best friend, Janie.

“Janie, guess what? Tony just called!”

“Who?” Janie asked, slightly confused.

“Tony! You know, the guy I met at the gym!”

“Oh, yeah! He’s really cute. So he finally called you? Even after…what happened?”

“Yes! He wants to take me to dinner on Friday!”

“Well, you’d better quit stuffing your face with dates if you want to look good for your big date!”

“I know. I will. And I also plan to start using the treadmill again – once I figure out how to work it correctly so I don’t slip on it again!”

“Want me to go to the gym with you and show you?”

“Please? Maybe this evening? I only have a few days until Friday.”

“Ok. Sure. It’s a date.”

This silly short story is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “date”:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Aug. 20/16