Tuesday Tales – Picture Prompt

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Happy Tuesday, everyone!!  Welcome to Tuesday TalesII  Today’s picture prompt takes us back to by other WIP, Breaking the Cycle.  After they leave Max’s nephew’s birthday party, they stop at the state park.  Don’t forget to stop by and check out the excerpt of the other extremely talented Tuesday Tale’s authors!!


Max and Chloe walked along the trail of the state park.  She looked up at the towering trees, the blue sky that stretched above the loft canopy of green leaves.  In the distance she could hear the rush of water.

They stepped off the trail onto a beach alongside a slow running river.  Buried deep into the course sand was the footing of a rickety, rough wood bridge that stretched across the water to the other side.  Max took Chloe’s hand and tugged her toward the bridge.  As they ascended the steps he nudged his leather sandals off.  Chloe did the same as she followed him.

Max leaned his bent arms against the rail.  Chloe watched him with a smile.  “Did you used to come here often?” she asked.

“All the time.  I used to daydream on this bridge,” he answered.

“About what?”

“Oh, lots of things.  Going to college, my MMA career.  Most of the time I imagined kissing the girl I loved on this bridge.”

“So, how many girls have you kissed here?” Chloe pried with a big smile.

“None.  I wasn’t in love with them.”

“Oh.”  Chloe gazed at the water rushing under the bridge. 

“The ironic thing is that I am now on this bridge with the girl I love and I can’t kiss her.”

Chloe stared at him.  “Me?”

“Do you see any other women on this bridge?”

She studied him in the summer sun.  Max had been her hero.  He protected her.  He was to take care of her after her CVS episodes.  She loved him with all her heart.  She wanted to kiss him badly.  She plunged her hand into her shorts pocket, her fingers wrapping around the tube of lip gloss.  She smiled.  She could do this.

She pulled the tube from her shorts and held it up to him with a smile.  The wide grin on Max’s face made her heart race.  “Really?  You are all right if I kiss you?”

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About triciaandersen

I am the author and illustrator of the children's book "The Peculiar Princess". I am also the author of two adult fantasy romance novels, "The Sorceress of Savon" and "The Woodcutter King of Muladin". Along with being an author I am married to a wonderful guy and have three beautiful children. I coach youth track and field, sew and chase my children around to their various activities.

Posted on August 12, 2013, in author, books, fiction, novel, romance, story, Uncategorized, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Very nice!! I don’t think I’ve read any portions of this story yet. I like that you used this picture, it seems most of us picked the other one. I like the way you incorporated this photo into your WIP.

  2. Aha! Wearing lipgloss makes her safe to kiss? Now I need to know more. Great beginning!!

  3. That was so moving! Wonderfully written post. ❤

  4. What an absolutely lovely and sweet post. So happy for them both 😀

  5. I don’t think I’ve read this one before either. Beautiful. I like it when she asked how many girls he’s kissed and he replies he didn’t love them. I need to know though what the lipgloss is for ???

    • This is the WIP I’m working on now. Chloe had a very traumatic experience with a guy (to put it delicately) so now when she gets intimate with a guy (even kissing) it sends her into a CVS (cyclic vomiting syndrome) episode.
      When Max realizes she wants a relationship with him, he gives her a bag of items “from lip gloss to condoms”. When she hands him one of the items, it means she is ready for that step of their relationship. Lip gloss means she’s ready to kiss him – hopefully without her getting so anxious she gets sick.

  6. sherrygloagtheheartofromance

    I could feel her amazement. Best wishes with your submission.

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