Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
At the end of this post, you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
I’m using: place ~ murky ~ disapprove ~ creature ~ ski ~ zipper
They were submitted by: https://www.taylorlife.com/
I decided 4 months ago to take my words and create a continuing story and today that story continues with Life In A Small Town Part Four. You can find part one here, part two here, and part three here. I hope you enjoy it!
Marianne woke up with a whole new outlook. Jimmy was not going to rule her life. He gave up all rights to her when he skipped out of town with old what’s her name. After getting the coffee and turning on her favorite morning show she looked around and decided to clean the place up from top to bottom. The kids won’t be home until later and I’m going to scrub every inch of this house even the murky stuff in the back of the refrigerator.
Her best ideas came to her when she was cleaning and she was making a list. She and the kids were going to go away after Thanksgiving dinner this year. She was going to take them to the ski resort for a long weekend. Just the three of them. Marianne couldn’t help to think about the cost, but she needed to get away. She knew she was running away, but she needed time to think and she needed time to not think.
After she was finished scrubbing the house and getting a shower she threw some chili together for dinner when the kids got home and settled on the couch to plan their trip. She only had a week and a half to pull it together. Two hours later the kids were banging the door ready to tell her all about their day so she shut down her laptop with a smile on her face.
They left right after eating dinner with the family wanting to get started on the long drive ahead. She didn’t tell anyone but her mom and dad where she was going and they wouldn’t tell anyone even though her mother did disapprove for the simple fact that it was so far for just her and the kids.
She had purposely not told the kids until they were sitting down for dinner. That way they wouldn’t be tempted to tell anyone either. Both kids were bouncing with excitement at the thought of a great adventure, but soon enough the dinner and excitement did its job and they were both fast asleep in the back seat. Marianne turned the music down low and enjoyed the long journey. The knots in her shoulders loosening with every mile.
They arrived and went straight to bed so that they could hit the slopes early, the excitement of the children was beginning to rub off as they rode up the lift. The first day they skied for hours and then went back to the resort to warm up and get ready for dinner. They decided to order a pizza and watch a movie they wanted to spend their last day on the slopes.
They arrived early when the air was still well below what she would have preferred and the zipper in her stupid jacket was stuck halfway and wouldn’t budge. Every muscle in her body ached as she took off right behind the kids. The snow was frozen hard to the ground more than the day before and she was required to pay more attention to the trail ahead of her.
The kids were cutting back and forth having a good time and she was enjoying watching them have a good time. Her mind was clear. It felt like this was a turning point in her life. She knew what she wanted and where she was headed and today she was going to start living in the moment. Enjoying her life as it is and not want she wanted it to be.
The deer came out of nowhere shooting straight across in front of her. She wiped out hard sliding down the slick trail until she hit a snow bank. Suddenly there were people standing all around her and the man on her left was telling her to lie still. She fell back into the snow bank laughing at the thought of what she had looked like sliding down the trail like a moose on ice. “Well, I’m glad to see that you’re okay,” the man said sitting back on his haunches. “I’m fine,” she laughed.
The gentlemen helped her up as she looked around for her kids. Once she saw that they were close by and safe she turned around to thank him for stopping and checking on her. “I thought for sure that creature was going to take you out! He didn’t miss you by much.” He said shaking his head. “I’m Michael by the way.” “I know! I was so stunned I froze…literally!” she laughed again. “I’m Marianne and that’s Joey and her name is Emma.”
The foursome walked the rest of the way to the bottom talking and laughing over Marianne’s mishap. “Mom, can we go down to the lodge and get hot chocolate?” Joey asked as Emma shouted, “yeah!” “That’s where I was headed,” Michael said. “Would you mind some company? My kids prefer not to be seen in public with me these days.
They walked into the resort and found big comfy chairs in front of the first thawing out a little at a time over hot cocoa and cookies. “What do you do Michael?” Marianne asked. “I’m a doctor. I live about 3 hours from here in a little town called Manchester.” “I know where that is…sort of,” said Joey. “Me and Daddy went there to watch the rodeo!” He said, excited to be part of the adult’s conversation especially with another guy.” “Daddy and I” She corrected automatically.
“That’s about an hour from us. We live in Landrum,” she said realizing that she was getting too cozy with a perfect stranger. “Okay kids, it’s time to head back to the chalet. We have to head out early in the morning. It’s time to get back to reality,” she said grudgingly. She stood and passed out jackets and scarves ready to get back and soak in a scalding hot tub.
“I don’t see a wedding ring could I get your phone number? Maybe we could go out sometime.” She looked up shocked. She was standing there in a middle of a resort that she probably couldn’t really afford, with a mortgage, an ex-husband, and two kids. Her hair a mess, the front of her shirt soaked from the snow that had landed inside her broken jacket. “I, uh. I don’t think I’m ready for that.” She said ready to flee to the safety of the cabin. “I’ll tell you what,” he said bending down to the table and picking up a pen and a cocktail napkin leftover from the kid’s hot chocolates. “Here’s my number. When you are ready, give me a call. We can get a coffee or something. You do drink coffee don’t you?” “Doesn’t everybody?” She asked as she took the napkin and turned to go.
She had made her mind up on this trip. She was choosing her and her kids. She didn’t need a man in her life she had done just fine on her own and she was proud of how far they had come. She certainly didn’t want Jimmy back. She would never be able to trust him and she’d never been able to respect herself. She had dreams, dreams that she was working her tail off to make come true and she was doing it for her and her kids and right now that was just fine. In fact, it was perfect!
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
Baking In A Tornado http://www.bakinginatornado.com
Cognitive Script https://cognitivescript.blogspot.com/
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo https://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/
On the Border https://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.com/
The Bergham Chronicles https://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Southern Belle Charm https://www.southernbellecharm.com
Bookworm in the Kitchen https://www.bookwormkitchen.com/
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