One of my writer friends issued an August writing challenge to create a short story using one word prompts and writing just 1-3 sentences daily.
Anyone participating posted on their Instagram account and copied the two authors who sponsored it. I found it short enough to do in my notes app while I worked out at the gym.
Since these words were more 2016 then 1869, I found it fun to try something completely different and I allowed myself to write whatever came to mind. I decided not to edit it, but leave it as it is. Each day I had to veer the story to fit the word. Some days fit better than others, and I think it turned into a cute, silly story and I wanted to share it with you.
So without further ado – here is my August #Writeastorychallenge. The bold words are the daily prompts.
“Would you like to go get a cappuccino when you are done?” He asked.
“Um. I don’t drink coffee.” Liz responded.
She continued to trim his hair, watching his expression at the same time, seeing the determination on his face and realizing he wouldn’t take no for an answer. She hurried through the appointment, applying gel last, the slimy substance cool in her fingers as she massaged it into his scalp.
Her suspicions were affirmed when he asked her again.
“How about even a glass of water?”
She decided not to provoke him further. “Okay, I guess.” Trying not to show too much enthusiasm.
If there was a God in heaven, this drink date won’t last too long. It wasn’t because she didn’t like him-No, it was very different from that. In fact, her fear was she liked him too much and felt he was way out of her league.
She considered herself as simple as a square and him, well, she saw him the interesting shape of a star, shooting off charm no matter which direction he pointed.
As they walked out of the building together, he held the door for her, then led her to his car, a Dodge Charger. Of course it was shiny and new, the moon reflecting off the black paint.
His phone rang before they made it to their destination. He answered it by pushing the button on the dash, putting the call on speaker. “It’s time.” was all that was said.
And then she heard the most wicked laugh, ever.
To her horror, it didn’t come from the speaker. No, it came from the person sitting beside her, dominating the entire inside of the car. What did she get herself into?
Before she answered her own question, date guy reached across her lap and pushed a button. She didn’t know whether to scream or fight.
“Cheese?” Was all he said.
Perplexed she looked to where he pointed and there sitting on a mini-shelf sat a plate with cheese and crackers.
“It’s Colby Cheese. Try some. I made it myself.”
Liz started to reach out to try some then yanked her hand back, wondering if it was a trap. Just at that moment, her stomach rumbled reminding her she hadn’t eaten dinner yet.
She looked longingly at the cheese which looked heaven-sent. Slowly she reached for the cheese and tried a bite.
Liz didn’t consider herself an exuberant person, but the taste made her shout out, “wow!”
“You like it? Good.”
She looked at him, questioning his response.
“I’m entertaining some bigwigs and serving this cheese as well as a few other delicacies. You confirmed this was a good choice.”
She wasn’t sure what to say, so she unscrewed the cap off the water bottle he handed her.
Fabulous. She thought as she took a sip, laughing on the inside as she drank the water he offered her. Her date was now complete.
Her original plan was to reject any other advances, but his odd behavior intrigued her.
“What makes the cheese taste so good?”
“Herbs.” He replied.
“I made a spread too. Smother some on a cracker and let me know what you think.”
She did as he asked. “You could sell buckets of this stuff. It’s really good.”
“I’m glad you like it.” Appreciation laced his words, so she looked over at him and caught him staring at her, a smile from ear to ear. His voice sounded both pleasant and alluring. She was a goner.
And just like that she was filled with disgust for how easy she fell for him.
He pulled the car back into the parking space he occupied when they first left. True to his word he took her for a drive and water. She chuckled a little louder than she planned.
“What’s so funny?” He asked.
“How educated you are on making cheese. I had no idea.”
He smiled, his appreciation apparent. “There is a lot of things you don’t know about me. I’d like to change that. I’m glad you agreed to come with me tonight.” He paused and looked out the window. ” I wasn’t going to take no for an answer.” He looked back at her, his blue eyes sparkling. “Although I think you knew that.”
His smile locked her in place and all she could do was nod. It was in that moment something connected them and drew them together.
Their lips were almost touching when a knock on the window startled them both. There stood her coworker Robbie holding a broom.
“What are you doing Liz? He chastised. Stunned all she could do was watch him open the car door, no clue with how shallow he was being. Didn’t he know she was on a date with an amazing guy and just about to be kissed.