Daphne had always heard that when it happens to you the world shifts and that every emotion you’ve ever felt suddenly feels like some fuzzy, hazy farce. She’d listened to the stories of the phenomenon with a mixture of childlike fascination aligned next to heavy dollops of very adult-like disbelief.
She went about her life sure that moments like that only existed in the diaries of romance novelists and comforted herself with the thought that if she stayed smart she’d never succumb to it, even if it showed up and banged on her door. The key was in not answering it and making certain that her “porch light”, as her mother often put it, was indeed off.
For nearly two decades Daphne held tight to those convictions, silently smug and at times so righteous as to appear arrogant. There was right, there was wrong and only a foolish, selfish woman- child would think to cross that line. In Daphne’s world, black and white didn’t make room for gray.
So she wasn’t exactly ready when it happened.
Ironically she’d been performing the mundane task of folding laundry when her phone chimed. It’s unsettling how thirty seconds can change the relationship of friends sharing the light banter of daily things to five words that can tilt the axis of your world.
I think I love you.
The sun was a rusty copper sphere in the sky that evening, equal parts yellow, orange and red and she could have sworn that with that exchange, her world did shift, change, expand and open to take in all the colors. Suddenly black and white swirled and tipped until they melted into one another, taking her breath away.
Thinking back, that should have been the moment where she ignored the knock. But it had happened, just like all those stories she’d heard, and suddenly it felt like years of never questioning her own desires had led her here.
In the time it took her to answer she realized she was already halfway gone.
Last week I won Trifecta
(I KNOW I can’t believe it either, and incidentally I can’t stop smiling about it)
This week’s word is RUSTY:
MY BIG NEWS is that this week I was introduced as an Assistant Editor with WRITE ON EDGE
This week Mandy gave us a picture of a lighthouse and the a song from Lifehouse (Coincidence?) called
HALFWAY GONE. I didn’t use the lighthouse, instead I went with the song.
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