I wrote these 298 words from a Flash Fiction Prompt (the sentence on the ninja butterflies) due today. I’m not sure if it’ll be accepted or if it’ll win, but I posted it here cause it’s a different take from a scene already in my book. I think it works better, so I’ll interweave some of it. Let me know if you like it or not.
Eyes don’t deceive me! It can’t be him!
Christopher Mark Cooper flirted with another, a beautiful, expensive-wearing-clothes model. Her flawless face didn’t have a stitch of makeup on.
His sparkling, green eyes moved in my direction.
My own eyes automatically shifted, watching my best friend score the winning goal. I shouted, “You go girl,” but my lungs no longer worked.
I couldn’t breathe, couldn’t remove the image of him with her; but still I peeked at them.
She laughed looking up at him.
Great if I stood next to her she would look down at me.
She touched his arm. Jealousy brewed inside me, made my stomach spill out my spleen along with bile.
Now I feel like ninja butterflies are throwing ninja stars at my stomach.
How could he? We hadn’t committed not to see others, but I hadn’t moved on. Eight months later my heart couldn’t find his replacement. Silly emotions, my brain roared, for a guy I met three times, but my useless heart belonged to him.
Why in my high school stadium? Couldn’t he have taken her anywhere else? Stood with her anywhere else?
My trembling fingers touched my friend’s shoulder. “Frank, my dad’s waiting for us downstairs. Let Maria know I’ll call her later.”
“Sure. See ya. Bye bro.” He fist bumped Nick, and smacked Jason. “Let’s go congratulate our girl. Wasn’t she awesome?”
Already forgotten by my friends, I grabbed my brother’s arm, pulling him away from his soccer buddies leaving us.
“Is dad here?”
“He will be by the time we meet him.”
“Thalía Cassandra Reynari you’re such a party pooper.”
I hurried along, hiding between the crowds, avoiding him.
It was my turning point, the moment I discovered how to forget him; how to live.
My heart’s journey to freedom!
Protagonist versus Antagonist Week (13th through 19th):
13) Thalía overcomes the fear of losing CM to be true to herself.
14) Will their parents discover what is right in front of their eyes?
15) What scares me most about editing this story is balancing the pacing and descriptions.
16) What scares me most about sharing this story is that readers won’t connect with the characters, they won’t be emotionally invested, they’ll hate it, etc.
17) He can’t learn how much my decision is killing me or how terrified I am that I’ll lose him. (Thalía’s fear)
18) My characters are braver because they take more risks than I did at seventeen.
19) Writing this book has made me braver; I’m willing to share my writing, whereas before my writing only existed for myself.
It’s Valentine’s day, so how could I not write about love.
Love, including the romantic one, is an emotion which transcends all races, religions, and, sometimes, even reason. Poets, authors, and songwriters attempt to capture the essence of love in their work, but it all boils down to feelings.
For romantic love, there are all those emotions which free butterflies in your stomach or drop rocks into it, which make the sweat glands in your palms overreact or slows down your breathing, which stops your heart beat or speeds it up, which prompts you to babble or become a mute. Yes, love is capable of all these actions and more.
This morning my creative musing came up with a love poem, so here is my feeble attempt.
Laugh, listen, learn with each other.
Observe, obsess, overreact together.
Venture, vie, vanquish for each other.
Enjoy, escape, entangle, enrich, entice together.
Rejoice because love can do all of these or just one of these.
Okay so I’m not a poet and had the hardest time with the Vs. The R is there because it needed a last line. I enjoyed writing this acrostic love poem, which I believe is what counts. Let me know if you hate it or like it.
Today I’m spending it with the love of my life and our children. And, of course, I’ll be writing about young love.
I encourage you not only to spend today with those you love, but to share a small part of your love with those you meet today. Greet everyone with a smile and enjoy the day we celebrate LOVE! You never know where a smile might lead to.
Happy Valentine’s Day from my heart to yours and Love Everyone!