Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Ashley’s Bare Bones Story

This story was generated from Ashley Awesome's random list of : magma, dusty, library, juice, blue man group, mushroom forest, ancient Egypt, the queen of England

The Island

I used to believe in the fairy tale romance. The happy ever after ending. But not anymore. Too many of my love affairs have ended in flames. And time after time as I sat ruminating in the hot lava and cooling magma of my hopes and dreams of true love I would vow never again to allow my heart to be turned to broken shards.

Three months ago I decided to buck the system and leave the dating pool. I decided I would turn myself to ice. I would be above it all. I would be like the Queen of England and surround myself with doting subjects so I could be FOR the people, but not need to be OF the people. I would wrap my dusty heart in a cocoon of independence and show the world that this chick didn't need anything from anybody. She could roam the world free and be perfectly content.

So at the ripe old age of seventeen I hung up my lips.

I became stone, an island.

Now I spend my Saturday nights in the library researching mushroom forests and fairy rings.

It's very rewarding.

And I'm learning a lot.

I just wish I could learn to be catlike. I read that in ancient Egypt they worshipped cats. Cat worship actually looks like fun. And it gives you a role model to aspire to. Cats are aloof and independent and they don't need you for anything other than to open the can of tuna that they desire, but they'll never thank you for doing it.

If I could just get to that feline perspective when it comes to love. The take it or leave it attitude that cats have.

But who am I kidding?

I'm a puppy. I like to have my belly rubbed. I like to be petted. I like to give and receive unconditional love and I want to jump up and lick my puppy friends on the face or anywhere else my fancy desires. I want warmth. I want that intangible something that when you feel it you know it.

You feel the juice connecting you to another being and you're jazzed.

When you lay outside on a blanket with a new boyfriend and connect the dots on his arms with a pen, or make a wish with one of his stray eyelashes.

The rush of warmth when he tenderly pushes a lock of hair out of your eyes.

The flutter in your tummy when he looks at you and licks his lips just before he kisses you.

I want all that crap dammit.

And I don't understand how to get it.

Maybe I just pick the wrong guys.

Or maybe it doesn't come til later in life.

Or maybe it doesn't exist. Maybe it's an illusion, a slight of hand trick that the universe plays on us to keep us trying so the human race doesn't die off.

I sat there on my cold hard chair in the nearly empty library thinking these thoughts.

That love doesn't exist.

That romance is dead.

That good things only happen in hokey movies.

That all romance writers should die fiery deaths of horrible agony.

A single tear plopped onto the page in front of me.

"Are you ok?"

I looked up into the warm blue eyes of Jeremy. My best friend since second grade. He handed me a tissue and sat down next to me and wrapped his arm around my waist pulling me tight to his side.

"I've been worried about you Cal, you haven't been yourself lately."

I blew my nose loudly and said nothing.

"I um, that is, I mean to say….."

I looked at Jeremy and saw that he was flushed and sweating. His hair was matted onto his forehead and I could see the pulse point in his temple throbbing.

I wondered why the heck my normally animated talkative friend was so tongue tied.

Then I had a jolt of fear.

What if something was wrong with Jeremy?

"Jeremy? Are you all right? You don't look good and you're stammering and sweating. Is everything all right at home?"

"Yeah, fine. Just fine. It's just that well….um…."

He dug around in his pocket for a minute and came up with an envelope. It was creased and bedraggled and had the initials BMG scrawled in his familiar handwriting in blue felt tip across the face.

"I wanted to ask you something."

He squirmed around in his chair for a bit and then pulled away from me.

He stood up, paced around a minute and then came back and sat down.

"Cal, I know I'm not handsome and slick like the guys you usually date, and I know that what I'm about to do might wreck our friendship, but Cal, I have to do it cause I'm crazy about you and what I wanted to ask you is will you go to the blue man group with me tonight? I've had the tickets for a month but was too scared to ask you. So Cal, will you? Will you go?"

"You mean like a date?"

"Yes, I mean like a date. With hand holding and maybe a kiss goodnight at the end. Like that. Like a date like that."

I looked at my friend.

I looked into his warm hopeful eyes.

I looked at his trembling hands as they crushed the envelope with the tickets.

"Jeremy, that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard."

His eyes welled, he looked down at his hands, his hopes dashed, his dreams shattered.

I reached out with a trembling hand and tenderly lifted his chin so I could look at his sweet familiar face.

"That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard because I'm going to kiss you right now. You don't have to wait til we say goodnight."

As he smiled a blazing smile, brushed the hair out of my eyes, licked his lips and leaned in to meet my kiss a tiny voice in my head said

"Well, ok, maybe some of the romance writers can live another day."

9 comments:

Ashley said...

Ha, this was fun, but I was really hoping for some *actual* magma. Cheater :)

Karen from Mentor said...

So Sorry Ashley dear,
You get what you get. :0)

But I guess I did raise your hopes when I had the blue man group running from the volcano on their way to having tea and crumpets with the queen that day I was ruminating in your comment thread about how I'd write your story.

But HEY, just imagine how *I* FEEL.... I wrote *romance*...[ROMANCE!!!]..afterwards I had to go look at things being blown up for a while to get my head back on straight.....

[grins at you]

Karen :0)

Karen from Mentor said...

good band names:

running from the volcano

crumpets with the queen

volcanic queen

running with crumpets

crumpet queen

blue ruminators

Rachel said...

Running With Crumpets? Hey, I KNOW those guys!

Karen from Mentor said...

nice Rachel. :0)
my favorite band name that I've seen in the racks recently was "I hate Katherine"
just something so, oh I don't know....mysterious about that....I wonder what they could have been thinking???? It's a mystery. Unlike led zeppelin or lynard skynard....

estrella05azul said...

This is amazing! I love it so much!!!
Different from your usual stories but just as amazing as those are :) I can totally relate to it and I just love it. Did I say that already? ... I'm starting to get speechless again ;)

PS: May I get your permission to publish this on my blog too like the poem las time?

Karen from Mentor said...

Yes of course Estrella, glad that the story made you happy. Publish away...

:0)

Anonymous said...

That was a beautiful blog! I am a soon to be 31 year old female who doesn't believe in romance or love anymore. I feel as if I will probably be emotionally unattached for the rest of my life. After reading your blog maybe there is hope??? Nah, just another sad love song!!

Karen from Mentor said...

Hey Anon,
Thanks for stopping in. Leave a handle next time so I can call you something.

31 is a great age. You do know that a woman hits her sexual peak at 35 right?

Unfortunately men hit THEIR sexual peak at 17.

[don't go there!]

There is love for you. I know it. Sometimes it comes when we stop looking for it.

[that'll be 5 cents please.....]

come back anytime. glad you enjoyed the blog.

Karen :0)