First off, EXCITING news! We just hit 50 blog followers, and you know what that means! I'll be giving away a personalized copy of Christina Berry's award-winning book, The Familiar Stranger. I'll announce the winner of that contest next week. But now for the main event, the first Fiction Friday posting! So grab a cup of tea and some cookies (or crumpets, if you're fancy) and take a seat in your favorite chair.
The way this will work is I've composed the beginning of a story for you and left it on a hook. What I want you to do, in 100-200 words, is write the next segment. I'll choose my favorite, then add to it next week, and so on, until the end of the month. Then, I'll pick my favorite story addition and send that person the earrings I made on Wednesday's vlog. Next month we'll start a whole new story. Got it?
So basically, add to the story for your chance to win a pair of earrings. Super cool, handmade earrings. With crystals.
Without further adieu....
Jaime Rae watched as the ocean pulled back the tide, letting it reach further and further into the sand with each swell but never letting it drift too far.
If only her own life were that way.
But instead, her heart was breaking with regret as each wave rushed back into the depths of the ocean.
She crinkled her toes in the sand and looked off at the horizon as the setting sun colored the sky with brilliant shades of reds and oranges over a blanket of blue.
Just last night she was watching the sunset from a different perspective. She’d been just sure that little box peaking through his jacket pocket was ring-sized. Maybe not a large for blue ribbon to be attached, but still. She’d happily make do with a strip mall jeweler. Heck, she’d be happy with a Cracker Jack prize.
My, how she’d been wrong.
And now she was sitting here wearing two different colors of flip flips and having only eaten popcorn all day. Dry popcorn. And that was saying a lot of her mental state, given her usual daily allowance of chocolate.
She wouldn't risk her heart again, she decided. It just wasn’t worth trying.
And that’s when she saw him.