Friday, March 29, 2013

In The Mood

Another Friday Fictioneer offering.

Copyright - Rochelle Wisoff Fields

IN THE MOOD
By Beth Carter

“Don’t forget. One light means I’m not in the mood. Two lights—you’re in luck.”

Harry laughed. “You think I’d forget that?” He patted her behind, gulped his coffee, and left for work.

After doing the dishes, she bought a black, lacy negligee at Victoria’s Secret. Later, she took a bubble bath, fluffed her curls and added a spritz of Obsession.

Smiling, Ruth lit both lamps. She suddenly noticed Harry had forgotten his coat. Something told her to look inside the pockets. She clutched a hotel receipt and welled up. He’ll never change. Ruth blew out one of the lamps.

100 words

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35 comments:

  1. Yes, Harry's a cad! Thanks for commenting.

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  2. You think the cad would know better. All that swagger catches up to you sometime. Well done Beth.

    Tom

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    1. Thanks, Tom. Yes, too much swagger is suspect.

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  3. Crime doesn't pay ! Nicely done

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  4. WHOA! Great writing, Beth! Truly great! I could see the whole thing play out. I felt sorry for her, though. Oh well ...

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    1. Thanks much! I feel sorry for her too and wonder why she stays. Must be a reason...

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  5. Ruth sounds pretty good. Tell her to light the two lamps for me!

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    1. Haha, Perry. You might be onto something! She's a good catch.

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  6. Oh hotel receipts.. how sloppy to leave them. In my stories his light would go out.

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    2. Yes, sloppy and mean. Maybe she should have punched his lights out! Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. So he's been a lout before, too -- but thankfully Ruth has his number, and sounds like she's willing to do something about it.

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    1. Yes, usually those types don't stop but there must be something keeping Ruth there...for a longer tale. :)

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  8. I think she should blow them both out and really send him a message. I don't think his homecoming this time will be as pleasant as he'd hoped. I hope she starts to stand up for herself.

    janet

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    1. Maybe Ruth should hit him over the head with the lamps. I think that would be more appropriate. Not sure why she's putting up with that.

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  9. Hi Beth,
    I wish it were that easy to know when the mood was right. Actually, it takes soothsaying ability to know that, or ESP. And, as you've illustrated, the mood can change in in instant. Different and fun take on the photo. Ron

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    1. Haha. I didn't know it was that difficult, Ron. But, yes, the mood can change in an instant (or sooner!) Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. The Scoundrel!
    Very clever use of the lamp prompt!

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    1. Scoundrel is right. Grrr. Thanks.

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  11. Dear Beth,
    This one truly left a lump in my throat. Well done,
    Shalom,
    Rochelle

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    1. I take that as a high compliment--and achievement, Rochelle. Thank you.

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  12. grrrrr >< great job with the lamp prompt. you managed to conjure a variety of emotions, at first the story made me smile.. then i felt sad and sorry for her.. then, i just got angry at both of them. well done ^^

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    1. Oh, yay. So glad I was able to coney all of those emotions. Thank you!

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  13. Great use of the prompt. Well done.

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. Always enjoy yours.

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  14. Excellent story, Beth. Harry didn't do a very good job hiding his tell-tail (bad pun) evidence. This could turn into a Lorena Bobbit type story.

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    1. Ha! Bad pun, indeed. :)

      I rather like that Lorena Bobbit idea. Thanks, Russell.

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  15. "He'll never change.." and she puts up with him? Wonder how long that's been going on? I'd toss out the lamps and kick him out. Beth...I've given up the ghost and finally switched from Blogspot to WordPress..(albeit it's difficult to learn and navigate).

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  16. Not sure how long it's been going on. Not took long or she'd surely toss him on his ear.

    Good luck with WordPress but hate to hear it's difficult. :(

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  17. Dang men! What a great take on this prompt. I couldn't come up with anything for this one. Of course, didn't have a lot of time to try. Great job.

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    1. Yes, MEN! Women would never do such a thing, right? Thanks, Shirley.

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