Tuesday 23 July 2013


Now for this week's prompt:

Your words:

18 July 2013

 Here's how the Writer Wednesday Blog Hop works:

1) Use the photo and the 5 words provided in your story.
2) Keep your word count 500 words or less.
3) You have until next Tuesday to link up your post.
4) Link up with your blog hostess (Nicole, Carrie, Tena or Leanne)
5) Have fun, don’t stress, let those creative juices flow.

Here is my contribution:

Laura opened her handbag and took out her pretty little notebook.  She regarded the list she had made and noted there was still one item she needed to tick off.   It was quite a major item which is why she had left it until last as it required a bit of effort on her part and on the part of others which is where the problem lay.
Tapping the pen against her lips as she thought and pondered upon a solution she wondered whether it would be such an imposition to call her godmother and ask her to help her out.  Cindy was a fashionable, fifty something lawyer who worked out of a satellite office and if anybody could then she could.  She would probably love to give a helping hand and rescue her goddaughter from the dilemma she now found herself in.
Laura arranged to meet Cindy the following weekend.  They would have a fantastic time in the City; Cindy had plans to take Laura to a fancy restaurant after a full day of shopping, or in Laura’s case, window shopping.  As much as Laura loved Cindy and her outgoing ways, she was referred to in the family as rather eccentric even though she held down a significant and responsible job.
One more check through her handbag; train tickets, paperwork, tissues, mobile phone, digital camera, Kindle, purse, credit cards (to be used only in an emergency), notebook and Laura was ready to leave her tiny flat.  Locking the door behind her she gaily set off for the train station.
As she placed her key ring inside her handbag, she fondled the charm on the key ring.  It was a lifebuoy that reminded her of the family association with all things naval and maritime.  Her grandfather had been a sailor in the Royal Navy, he had started as a young lad at 15 straight from school and remained in the service until he was in his 40’s when he had to start a career again in Civvy Street.
The day was hot but a pleasant summer’s breeze wafted gently down the road as Laura made her way to the imposing building to rendezvous with Cindy.   It would only take her about 15 minutes and she was quite looking forward to the walk which would give her time to collect her thoughts in order to present the problem to Cindy.
Guarding the entrance to the tall building were two lions on monumental pedestals, the glass windows glinting in the sunshine, sparkling shadows in some areas and hiding secrets in others. 
It was such heart wrenching decision to come here, to change her life so drastically moving to another country, the language although professing to be English had different words for simple things and she’d made a few faux-pas in her first few weeks. 
She pressed the bell to the entry access system and was relieved to hear Cindy’s dulcet tones inviting her up.

Word Count: 494


  1. Nice! I love how creative you are when it comes to including such diverse words.

  2. Good use of the words and picture. I hope her decision is the right one for her.

  3. Well-written piece, Sally. It was easy and enjoyable to read. I must admit that I was wanting to meet Cindy and discover the specifics of her dilemma. With only 500 words the FF piece becomes more like a scene than a story. A screen writing guideline that is very powerful is: enter the scene as late as possible, and leave as soon as possible. When I'm editing, I ruthlessly chop away at my prose using that sharpened scythe.
    Again, you write very well. Your narrative is smooth and clean.
    Until next time...


  4. I love this, Sally! I wonder what talking with Cindy is like. I want to be a fly on the wall in their meeting!

    Great job as always!

  5. There are hidden benefits from all this and your piece has given me an idea. Also the comment from Chris has made me aware of something I had struggled with.

  6. Sally--I'm constantly amazed at how a picture can conjure so many different stories. Great use of the words, too. I feel like I know the main character because you've made her human. Well done!

  7. Wow, that was a life changing dilemma. Loved the contents of her purse - thought I was looking through my own, lol. Well written, with a smooth, easy flow. The life buoy was especially good concept. I got a good sense of these characters, felt like I know them.