Weekend Writing Warriors/#Snippet Sunday – The Question

 

Welcome to the weekly 8-10 sentence blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Click on the link for the official list of participating writers to get your fix of snippets. I’m also participating on Facebook’s Snippet Sunday. Thanks for visiting my blog!

I’m continuing from my WIP, Driving Me Wild.  We’re into a different chapter of the story. Melissa is texting what will soon be her new boyfriend, Logan, via a dating app (they haven’t met in person yet) while shopping in a grocery store. At this point they are getting to know each other. One question catches Melissa off guard, resulting in a faux pas. Creative punctuation has been used to meet the sentence limit. Enjoy:

 

      I wince as the sound of cans clanking into metal carts and whining kids break my concentration. I pass the dairy section, my face glued to my phone, earning me ‘hey, watch where you’re goings’ from shoppers.

      Another question flashes on the screen as I enter the beverage aisle, asking me if I’m ticklish and accompanied by a winking emoji.

      I stub my toes on a stack of boxed soda cans, yelp and hop on one foot, winning a cackle and teasing gestures from a couple of small kids.

      I shift away from them, grimacing until the pain subsides.

      “Oh no,” I moan as I read Logan’s question. My nerves rush like rapids because my feet are extremely ticklish, and one brush with a feather is more than enough to make me squeal and twitch.

      Just great, I finally meet a decent guy on this site, and he’s tickle-happy.

      Three and a half years of random, relentless tickling by my ex is enough, so I end up texting Logan I’m not. “Wait, what I’m I doin’?”

 

Lying to someone you haven’t even met? Not good! Unfortunately, this isn’t the only time Melissa lies in the story. Still, a little humor helps with the COVID-19 situation. Constructive feedback is always appreciated!

I have some happy news to report during these uncertain times. After a couple of months of studying, I passed my travel counselor’s exam this week. This means I can legally sell travel services in my province. I used to be in the travel industry, and I want to return to it after this whole thing calms down.

Happy Sunday!

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20 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors/#Snippet Sunday – The Question

  1. As lies on dating websites go, this one seems pretty innocuous — but I’d guess the lie will have consequences.

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject

    Congratulations!!

    It sounds like Melissa shouldn’t text and shop. She’s dangerous!

  3. This snippet had me giggling. Sometimes I feel its easier to be honest over a text or on the phone, hoping she wont keep lying in the future. Great snippet.

  4. Congratulations on the exam! I had a hard time relating to a grocery store scene right now frankly BUT once I got past that in my own head, it was very clever and progressed nicely.

    • Thanks Veronica! This story takes place without COVID-19 in the picture, but I could see how it would be hard to relate to such scene at present.

  5. nancygideon

    Melissa is a typical girl and that means trouble. Congrats, Frank! Now, if only we could actually travel somewhere! I had to put off booked plans to Ireland . . . but at least the grass in the backyard is now green. Sigh.

    • Thanks! Rest assured when this all passes, every one will be eager to travel. I had to cancel a skiing trip out west because of this, and I was also planning a December trip to Colombia. That’s probably off the table now.

  6. Diane Burton

    Congrats on passing your exam. I’m sure we’ll all want to travel somewhere after the quarantine is over. Your snippet was fun with her klutziness. You made it easy to visualize her running into things. As far as the lie goes, I think she be up front about it. If he’s into tickling, she can dump him. 🙂 Continue to stay safe, Frank.

  7. Oh, that lie slipped so easily off of her fingertips. I don’t blame her for not wanting to endure another tickler. lol.

    Congrats on passing the exam!! Good for you. 🙂

    Stay safe.

    • Thanks for the congrats. I studied a lot for it. This lie won’t be the first that slips off her fingertips unfortunately.

  8. Lies already. That can’t be good.

  9. I like the descriptions of the shopping efforts … oh and that lie 🙂

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