Love Bites Blog Hop: Been There
My lovely and talented friends, collectively known in this case as the Inklingettes: Ruth Long, Sarah Nicholson, Lisa Shambrook, Elisabeth Koch, Angela Kennard, Afsaneh Khetrapal and Laura James, are running a great flash fiction contest for the love-hating curmudgeonly anti-slush crowd. Love bites. Amen to that. 250 words of love gone astray. Just in time for Valentine’s day.
by J. Whitworth Hazzard
Aaron was so nervous he felt like he was going to yak before he could get the words out. Melody’s hair flowed like golden rivers of satin in the summer sun and her coy smile turned his insides to jelly. She held his hand and laughed at the antics of the children on the playground, oblivious to the terror Aaron felt that she might say no.
“I love you.”
Melody blushed furiously and turned, trying to hide her ear-to-ear smile. Aaron’s spirit soared with hope.
“Will you marry me?”
Melody pulled her hand out of his. She looked unpleasantly shocked.
“How can you ask me that, Aaron?” Melody’s smile, the light that gave him the courage to get through breakfast and face the tortuous grind of his miserable existance, was gone. “I can’t. We… can’t.”
“It hasn’t been very long, but I know how I feel. I’ll die without you.” Aaron’s heart poured out on the asphalt between them. What he intended as sweet nothings turned to sour expressions on his love’s face.
“Um… ok, first of all that’s just creepy. And second of all, my father will kill you.”
“I don’t… there’s got to be… but I love you. Don’t you love me?” Aaron’s eyes brimmed with tears.
Melody took a step back and opened her mouth to answer but nothing came out. She turned and ran.
Aaron stood alone on the playground. Crushed. And tardy when the last echo of the recess bell faded.