Tuesday Tales – #TT1 – In the woods

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We’re back with Penny from In for a PoundShe and Harold have taken a walk along the river to sort a few things out, but have an unexpected guest. This week the prompt for the scene is this scenic road. (I’ve taken a little liberty with it.)

Ken’s steps hitched. It wasn’t unusual to come across an amorous couple during his hikes along the river. Thickets and hidden coves provided the perfect cover for clandestine assignations. Bridges were especially romantic in his experience.

Although, this couple appeared a little too familiar for his taste. Penny’s voice caused his heart to do the stutter-step that he couldn’t get used to, but Harold’s arm around her shoulder kickstarted a growl deep in his gut. Instead of instructing his feet to spin silently in the soft dirt and skedaddle from the scene before he was noticed, they charged forward in stomps causing his backpack to rattle with the urgency of frightening a predatory animal.

Could he consider Harold one?

Harold and Penny turned toward him and Harold’s arm dropped from Penny’s shoulder.

“Ken!” she shrieked, propelling herself to the other side of the bridge.

Sunlight broke through the trees and divided a path between the happy couple.

Ken immediately punctured the bubble of joy. No sense allowing one’s hopes to grow on nothing.

“Lovely afternoon for a walk.” He tossed into the ball of tension surrounding them. If he could have backed away, if he could have done the gentlemanly thing… he wouldn’t have subjected himself to this torture.

Now they were all caught in this spiderweb, suspiciously eyeing each other, wondering which one the spider would snack on first.

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Tuesday Tales – #TT1 – Mug

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We’re back with Penny from In for a Pound, and her afternoon is about to get a little more interesting… When she and Ken descended from the upstairs apartment, Harold, Penny’s preferred beau, was waiting for them. Ken makes a quick exit, leaving Harold and Penny to have coffee and cookies.

After they had discussed the recipe of the sugar cookies which reminded Harold of a batch his wife used to make around Christmas, Harold cleared his throat and took Penny’s hand.

“Penny,” he said, looking into her eyes. “I know we haven’t known each other for very long, but at our age, it seems ridiculous to wait forever. Would you like to get married?”

Penny’s mouthful of cookie jumped down her throat and grew eight, sticky spider legs. She coughed until her eyes watered. Harold proffered her mug of coffee and she took a gulp, washing the spider away. “Did I hear you right?”

His eyes sparkled. “If you heard me proposing, then you did.”

“Yes, I mean— yes, I heard you, but I wasn’t expecting—it’s quite sudden.”

“Like I said, we aren’t getting any younger. Why waste whatever time we have left apart?”

To say she was flabbergasted was an understatement. Her goal was marriage, but so many things were happening, she felt like she was ice skating on a hill. She had kissed Ken hardly an hour before and now Harold had proposed. Women thirty years her junior likely didn’t have this problem.

 

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Tuesday Tales – #TT1 – Catch

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Another snippet from the story about Penny from In for a Pound. Penny and Ken have just had a rather enlightening discussion with Joshua and Sidney, although Ken isn’t sure he likes Sidney’s revelation.
Ken found three more plastic totes of fabric on the floor beside the door. The rest of the room had been stripped of personal touches. He felt stripped himself. If a perfect stranger could see his heart so easily, he was in trouble. Penny would catch him in her marriage trap with a mere blink.

“You get lost?” Penny called. Her cast thumped across the linoleum. She’d never give her husband a moment’s peace. When her health deteriorated, she’d probably be one of those patients who wondered away all the time.

He reached for the first tote and grunted as he hefted it into his arms. The box was heavier than he expected.

“Don’t hurt yourself.” Penny appeared in the doorway.

“I’m fine.” Ken shifted the container and moved to sidle through the opening.

“Are you sure you should carry something so heavy down the stairs?” She kept at it. “They’re steep.”

“You’re one to talk. You just hiked up them with a cast on your leg.” Ken gritted his teeth and inched his fingers to get a better grip. Sweat was making the plastic slide out of his grasp.

“Wouldn’t want you to fall.” Penny shrugged nonchalantly, but her eyes sparkled. “You might break a leg.”

The drill sergeant’s voice barked in his head again.

Whether it was because Sidney had put the idea in his head or he just needed a way to keep Penny quiet… He dropped the box to the floor and backed Penny against the door jamb. His lips touched hers before he’d even had a chance to recognize the direction of his actions.

The drill sergeant in his head was already shouting down disciplinary actions: a month of latrine duty, spit polishing the officers’ boots, and push-ups until his arms collapsed like wet spaghetti. The punishments layered in his head as Penny made a tiny squeak. A crack of dawn hike in twenty degree weather. He had to stop, to pull away, to end the madness.

Then she responded and her arms slipped around his neck, possibly for balance because he was sure the earth was shaking beneath his feet.

When they finally broke apart, Penny had the look of a woman on the cover of a romance novel.

And Ken doubted enduring every punishment the drill sergeant could throw at him would change that he couldn’t wait to do it again.

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Tuesday Tales – #TT1

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Another snippet from the story about Penny from In for a Pound. Joshua and Sidney have just returned from their honeymoon. Joshua is Penny’s nephew and Buck’s only son. Sidney is Penny’s former renter of the upstairs apartment.

“Did you see any whales?” Penny dropped the get well cards on the front table and plopped in the recliner. She’d had enough of the sofa for a while.

“Oh, Penny!” Sidney sighed. “They were so majestic. We saw a mother and calf.”

“They stayed near the boat for more than an hour,” Joshua added. “It was incredible.”

Their conversation wove around random tidbits of the trip and Penny’s adventures while they consumed coffee and cookies. Penny was surprised more than an hour passed without Buck and his frequent follower Ken showing up.

“I should pack up some things while we’re here,” Sidney said, clearing the coffee cups from the table in front of the couch.

“Seems so strange that you won’t be living upstairs anymore,” Penny said.

“You’ll have to go all the way across town to visit us now,” Joshua kidded. “A whole two miles.”

Penny clunked her boot against the floor. “That’s sounding pretty far right now.”

Sidney returned to the living room. “You’re probably anxious to rent the place out. Do you have any single men or women in mind, so you can start matchmaking again?”

Her mind drifted to Buck’s suggestion about Ken living there. A weird feeling came over her. Was it contentment that she could easily find a new tenant? Or anxiety that the new renter might be Ken and he would only be a floor away? She couldn’t define the catch-your-breath feeling that flooded her chest.

“If Bailey moves back here, it’d be another year or so. Any other prospects?” Sidney said.

“Dad’s friend is looking for a place,” Joshua said. “Short term, probably, but it might work until you can find someone more permanent.”

“Buck might have mentioned that,” Penny said, pushing herself to the edge of her recliner. “He wouldn’t be a good fit. Let’s go up and see what you need to pack.”

“It’s only a couple of boxes,” Sidney said. “Joshua and I can get them. You don’t need to tromp up the stairs.”

Penny shook her head and stood. “I’m getting pretty good at stairs.” White lie, but they wouldn’t know any different. She was sure she could manage the flight if she took them one at a time. Ken had even shoveled them off yesterday, so she wouldn’t have to worry about snow. “I’ve been thinking about some renovations. It’d be good to see if my imagination matches the reality.”

They bundled up in coats and mittens and headed out the door. Despite her protests, Sidney and Joshua sandwiched her on the stairs, Sidney going in front to check for icy spots and Joshua bring up the rear to catch her if she fell. It wouldn’t do to remind him that if she slipped, they’d both end up at the bottom of the stairs with a higher number of bone pieces in their bodies.

She’d navigated all but two stairs when she heard the screech of tires behind her. “What are you doing?”

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Tuesday Tales – #TT1

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Welcome to Tuesday Tales!!

Another snippet from the story about Penny from In for a Pound. Penny has reached her limit with Ken and Elaine’s flirting.

“We should go upstairs and take a look.” Penny scooted her chair away from the table with enough force to take a serious gouge out of the flooring. Well, Ken could probably fix that too.

“What, now?” Buck asked, reaching out to steady her as she rose to her feet.

“Why not? We have nothing better to do?” Penny maneuvered her crutches under her arms and headed for the closet to get her coat and hat. She’d had exterior stairs installed for the apartment upstairs to give the tenants more privacy. The interior ones had been blocked off when the house was divided and Penny couldn’t remember where they were anymore. Just another thing she’d forgotten.

The bonus of checking out the kitchen of the apartment was that it would separate Ken and Elaine. Their schmoochy-goo was getting on her nerves.

“Where’s she going?” Ken asked from behind her.

“Upstairs to see what we can do with the apartment kitchen.” Penny shuffled through the shelf for her favorite cable-knit scarf.

“Now?”

“That’s what I said.” Buck lumbered across the living room.

Ken clambered to his feet and Elaine sputtered.

“We have nothing better to do. Why waste time?” Penny wrapped her scarf around her neck, then grabbed her stocking cap.

“You’ve been couped up for a few days. You may have forgotten that it is still winter,” Buck said.

Penny flinched, but jammed her hat on her head.

“I hate to leave this cozy kitchen. The wind outside is terrible.” Elaine cozied up beside Ken.

“What’s your point? A little snow and wind won’t hurt us.”

“Except when they have to navigate fifteen icy stairs on crutches.” Ken inched away from Elaine’s clutches.

“Have they even been shoveled since Sidney left for her honeymoon?”Buck asked.

Penny pulled her stocking cap off. She’d rather break her other leg than admit Ken or her brother were right. Getting across the room and squeezing into the bathroom taxed her crutching skills. There was no way she was getting to the apartment without an elevator.

This winter was not unfolding in her favor. Every time she turned around, something was acting against her: a flat tire in the middle of a blizzard, a broken ankle, and now her brother had a good point. How much more of this could she take?

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