25 February 2014

Tuesday's Tale Picture Prompt - Library



Welcome to Tuesday's Tales  
This week's Tale is written to the picture prompt - library.
[This has been tweaked to fit the 300 word max ... nearly :-) ]
 

None of it mattered to him any more. But he, like her, had faced decisions, made his choices in life. After all they’d known each other for more than sixty years and had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary together, days before the accident.

She was fifteen, and Jim seventeen, the first time they met. Not through the usual, dropped your books in front of the dishy boy all the girls dreamed of. 

Her lips curved up. No golden god would have given her a second glance back then. Not with braces on her teeth and the horn-rimmed glasses she hid behind to cover her debilitating shyness.

Jim, sadly, was an accident waiting to happen and she’d fallen hopelessly in love the moment he tripped over his feet in the library and spilled his coffee all over her research papers. She could almost smell the books again, that unique blend of books and fusty bodies you found in every library.

She’d turned on him in a fury. Months of work diluted and vanishing beneath the brown haze of coffee. And then… She’d looked up, seen the furious blush on Jim’s face, noted the blend of chagrin, shame and embarrassment in his eyes… and melted. She’d tried to stop him from bundling her scattered papers together, but he was too intent on collecting them up to realise he was spreading the stain to other papers.

“Stop.” In her frustration she’d yelled at him, bringing the wrath of several librarians down on them both. The shushing from other students reminded her of an express train in a tunnel.

She’d smiled and feathered a touch over the back of his hand. Poor Jim. With both hands full of dripping papers, he’d reminded her of a rabbit caught in car headlights.

“I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.”
 
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20 comments:

V.L. Locey said...

What a beautiful scene! Well done.

Jean Joachim said...

I love this scene. I can feel the emotion and see the people. Beautifully done. I hope we're going to hear more on this story.

Jamie Salisbury said...

I can so visualize this. Well done. I see more coming out of this.

SherryGLoag said...

Thanks Vicki ;-)

SherryGLoag said...

Jean, I set this post up before I received the acceptance for The Magpie Chronicles so there won't be any more through TT, but I'm glad you liked this. I went way out on a limb with this one.

SherryGLoag said...

Welcome to the TT group Jamie and thank you for your kind words. Because I set this post up before this story was accepted I can't post any more here.

Lindsay said...

What a great first meeting scene.

Sarah Cass said...

What a beautiful, sweet scene. I love this!!

Davee said...

What an awesome way for them to meet and you described it so well. great TT

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Thanks Lindsay.

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Thanks Sarah.

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Thanks for your kinds words Davee.

kathleen ball said...

very sweet!!

Iris B said...

love the memories of their meeting. nicely done!

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Thanks Kathleen

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Thanks Iris.

writerszenblog said...

What a great scene. Her memories from so long ago - great way to use the photo prompt. I love the flashback. I feel like I'm right there watching them.

SherryGLoag said...

Oh, wow, thank you for such kind words. I'm delighted it worked for you. Thank you :-)

morgan said...

What a lovely reflection, I expect to read more about the two.

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Thanks Morgan. As this post wa scheduled before I got my acceptance I let it sip through, so the next 'Tale' will be something different. :-)