Published August 21, 2019 by rochellewisoff

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson


This is something I don’t think I’ve done before. I’m back for a third time. 😀

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100


            Bart slipped into the booth across from Marla. “That was some wedding yesterday.” He clutched the ring in his pocket waiting for the right moment.

            She swished her luxurious hair over her toned shoulders. “Your sister and her groom make an odd couple.”

            “They’re so in love. To think I set ‘em up for laughs—him being such a scrawny runt and her being—”


            “I’ve always teased her about it.” Bart hung his head.    

            “I so get it.” Marla giggled. “I’ll have a salad. How about you?”

             Swallowing, he released the ring. “Y’know, I’ve suddenly lost my appetite.”

69 comments on “WAKE-UP CALL

  • This more than makes up for any past writer’s block. Poor Bart. He finally found maturity but lost his love. I hope he affords Marla the same opportunity to find her maturity and acceptance before severing ties completely.

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  • Dear “Kiss My Grits” W(T)F,

    Salads aren’t cheap and depending upon what dressing you use can be as fattening as steak. Marla appears a little shallow. Bart better not dive into that pool. He might break his nose when he hits bottom.

    A true woemance story,
    Bert Parks

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    • Dear Bert Parks,

      Indeed. A lot can go on a salad that renders it more fattening than spaghetti and meatballs with a side of garlic bread and spumoni for dessert. I think Marla’s depth is shallower than the kiddie pool. 😀


      Kiss My Grits W(T)F

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    And she goes for a hat trick! Woo hooo! Excellent third part. Methinks Bart has escaped a potential hornet’s nest. Methinks she is totally wrong for the new him

    Shalom and lotsa love times three,


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  • A great third part. There’s hope for Bart yet. Maybe because he saw how love can be, and now wants that kind of relationship as well? Marla isn’t it, at least not yet.

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    • Dear Gabi,

      Well said. Bart has come face to face with himself and doesn’t like what he sees. Not sure Marla is the right woman for him or ever will be. 😉 Thank you for reading all three and commenting. It was a lot for me to ask this week.



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  • A significant third part to this story, Rochelle. If Marla is a model or wants to be one, she has less of a chance indulging in healthy eating unless she sees a change in the agencies’ attitudes. A change is beginning, but it’s moving slowly. —- Suzanne

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      I battled an eating disorder for significant portion of my life. One memorable friend in one of my support groups was a fashion model. She was an expert in the area of self-deprivation and the industry applauded her for it. Twiggy and Kate Moss did nothing for a young girl’s self image, did they?
      Although my intent for Marla is that she’s self-centered and worships thin. I suspect she and Bart met at the gym. 😉 Thank you.



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