LOST IN TRANSLATION

Published June 23, 2019 by rochellewisoff

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in Sammi’s comment section.

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The following is an updated flash fiction I posted in Friday Fictioneers a few years ago. It just seemed to fit the prompt. My title is part of the word count in this case. 😉 

LOST IN TRANSLATION

A stunning contradiction of cropped black hair, bronzed skin and sea-foam blue eyes, Aggie McKewen’s face reflected her Inuit and Scottish parentage.

Every Saturday Keith, who worked at his uncle’s café in Seward, Alaska, served her grilled salmon in shy silence. He longed to speak to her but she was as deaf as a fencepost. 

He enrolled in night classes, determined to learn to express his feelings in sign language.

After six weeks of diligent practice, he felt ready to ask her out and signed his invitation.  

With a voiceless giggle she snatched his pen and order pad. There she wrote, “I’d love to but why did you call me a tampon?”

At a restaurant in Alaska – Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

 

 

24 comments on “LOST IN TRANSLATION

    • Dear Violet,

      Alaska is a beautiful state. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting on two different occasions. The first time was in the month of July so I had a little difficulty getting used to the sun setting at 11:00 PM. 😉 As for Keith, I think you’re right. Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • A great romantic/comedic tale. If she was giggling, you know she had a great sense of humor and accepted it for what it was meant to be. Although I felt embarrassed for Keith, I have a feeling all turned out well for both of them. I’ll bet he got lots of free lessons in signing from that point on.

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    • Dear Jan,

      Who wouldn’t giggle? At the same time, while Keith would be embarrassed, I think Aggie realized the effort he put into trying to communicate with her. I mean, he could have just written her a note. 😉 I think he might have earned himself a lifetime of lessons. Thanks, m’luv.

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  • A lovely story and think how much fun they’ll have laughing about it later. Living in countries where English is not the first language, or barely even spoken, I’ve made so many language blunders over the years that my family and I laugh about until today. =)

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