Judy and John
written by Teresa Dean Smeigh
copyright November 2015
Judy was mesmerized by the waves. She didn’t even realize how close they had come to her blanket.
She came out of her trance and knew she would have to move soon. She had taken her earrings off when she went swimming earlier and they were still lying on the blanket where she tossed them. She left them there and turned back to the waves.
“Judy, Judy, Judy,” John yelled.
Judy turned around and got up off the blanket and ran to meet him. He had a box of her favorite chocolate and flowers.
Judy threw them on the sand and grabbed John and gave him a hello kiss. Then a hard hug.
“I have missed you! When did you get home?”
“Less than an hour ago and your mom said you were down at the beach and I knew exactly where. That wave just covered your blanket!”
“Oh no, my favorite earrings from you were lying on the blanket.” She ran to the blanket crying, John following and pulled it back. The next wave was about to cover it so they pulled it even further back.
Judy started searching the bunched up soaked blanket, full of sand, for the earrings. John was still in his uniform, but he got down there and helped her go through the bunches of sand. Judy found one and they kept searching. When they got to the last pile of sand John found the second one.
“Don’t you ever do that again! You were very lucky to find them.”
“Oh John I am so sorry I was so careless. Oh God!”
“My ring, I put it in my purse. Where is my purse?”
They looked around the blanket and it wasn’t there. They quickly ran to the waters edge and there sitting on the edge of the last wave was her purse. She grabbed it and then searched inside for the ring.
Thankfully it hadn’t fallen out. She went to slide it on her finger. “Here let me.”
“Is this the way it will be our whole married life? Me searching for lost things, important things like wedding rings if I ever give you one.”
“Oh John don’t kid with me, I am so sorry and embarrassed. I am not usually this careless. I was just thinking about you and waiting to see you again.”
“Oh Judy will you marry me this weekend in Vegas before I fly back out?”
“You betcha I will.”
With decades of writing behind me and daily learning how to be a better writer, I wanted to give a way for current friends and future finders of this blog a way to push themselves to improve as well.
Through this challenge my hopes are you will find your voice, step out of comfort zones to discover a genre where your talent truly lies, or perhaps make connections that will help you become a better writer.
23:59 EST Wednesday. That will give me Thursday to complete reading and reviewing the entries and compiling the links and such, much as I do with the Haiku Challenge Review now.
I DO ASK THAT YOU:
- Keep it PG as all ages do follow the blog and may click through and read the entries. (C0ntinue for exceptions.)
- If you do write a piece of fiction that goes past the PG level, copy the link into the comments of this post and make a note of it being such and give the reasons you think it is, such as violence, sexual content, language. I don’t use profanity in my works but I ‘m not here to handcuff anyone. I know there are times a character will say something a certain way otherwise it comes across as fake.
- No violence toward children by adults or predatory aspects toward children. I know you may have two kids have a fight. I get that, but I don’t want gratuitous violence such as glorifying bullying. Also I can see you having a kid kicking some bad guy in the face for some reason. I get it.
- No sexual assault against anyone.
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PROMPT FOR CHALLENGE #1
Choose at least two from the following list to be featured in a work of fiction for this week, there will be no word count limit, just to make it simple to begin with. But please, no book lengths this time around. I am an active writer working on novels to submit.