Blog Flash 2012: Reading

*trumpet fanfare* Day 6! The word today is ‘Reading’. Now if I can only say 100 words about reading. Here’s my try, a little country love story.


He edged alongside the house, the weathered grey clapboard scraping his hands.

She stood in the window, reading in the half-light. He focused on the sill’s peeling paint; he could paint that for her.

Cheeks stained red, he watched her read, couldn’t look away.

He absorbed all the tiny details: the fall of a red-gold curl, the curve of her cheek, her eyelashes’ flutter as she turned the page.

She smiled to herself as she read a good line, brow furrowed.

Well, that just cinched it; he had to ask her to marry him, any girl who loved to read.

Word Count: 100


  1. Afsaneh
    Aug 19, 2012

    Aww, how simplistic but so very lovely. I expected no less!

  2. Kelly M
    Aug 19, 2012

    Really sweet! I love how you used the photo to create the story :)

  3. Lovely, as always and as I expect from dear Anna. Simply, joyfully, lovely :)))

  4. Jeffrey Hollar
    Aug 19, 2012

    A perfect meld of picture and words, indeed. Fiendishly complex tale in its simplicity. Nicely done.

  5. Angela
    Aug 19, 2012

    looooooooooooooove. Please tell me you have a longer WIP in progress that I can read sometime. Yes??? Because it’s not like you’re busy or, I dunno, getting married or anything. You could write a few books in all that spare time. :)

  6. JeanElaine
    Aug 19, 2012

    This is a great piece, reading with a poetic tilt. Loved it.

  7. Susan
    Aug 19, 2012

    “Well, that just cinched it; he had to ask her to marry him, any girl who loved to read.”

    And he did! :)

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