Charlotte put the car in reverse and expertly K turned, kicking up loose gravel she barely applied the brakes when she reached the stop sign at the bottom of the steep driveway and then peeled off down the dirt road.
It wasn’t until her speedometer hit 55 on the highway that she felt the first tentative sting at the corner of her eyes. Swallowing hard, she punched the buttons on her iPod stopping the song she blamed for them, but even as the car pulsed with the bass of a favorite dance club mix her eyes still ached for release.
Mortified, she felt the first tear roll down her cheek, which of course led to another and soon she couldn’t see through the flood of them seeping from her eyes.
Steering the car off an exit, she came to a sudden stop and looked at herself in the rearview mirror. Surprise mixed with disbelief, “I don’t cry.” She said out loud. “I. Do NOT. Cry!” she yelled to no one but herself.
But she was, Charlotte was sobbing into her hands, her body shaking as the dam in her heart finally broke. It had been 6 years of holding back, silencing her voice and compromising her whole life for him and now it was over.
The thought caused even more liquid to explode from behind her eyelids, but those tears were released with pure happiness as if a noose around her neck had been loosened and removed.
Picking up her phone she pressed a button and soon a voice answered, with what could only be a three year old voice babbling in the background.
“Hey sweetie!” Kate said loudly over the niggling.
“Hi. Kate” Charlotte said, but there was no denying the catch in her voice.
“Char? are you ok?”
“Mmm Hmm.” Not trusting her voice again.
“Are you…. Are you crying?”
“Oh….” Kate answered.
But Charlotte talked over the stunned voice of her best friend, “Katie, I left him.”
I am introducing my new characters today, you just met Charlotte and her best friend Kate. This story already has a “working title” called “Gathering Buttercups” and you’ll see why as I keep writing.
I also wanted to thank each of you that read and loved Kimmy and David. I have been overcome by the love some of you have had for their story especially this beautiful post that my friend Kristin wrote for me earlier this week. There are no words for how much her words meant to me. Thank you Kristin. (and I promise that you’ll see Kimmy & David again!)
and WOE actually used one of MY prompt ideas this week….I am so honored and HAPPY to introduce my new story using my OWN prompt!!!!
The cure for anything is salt water….sweat, tears or the sea.”
~ Isak Dinesen, pseudonym of Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke
Did you come to a resolution by the sea? Did a character reach a crossroads of sweat and tears?
have a great weekend everyone!