I think that it might be fun to make up a story for every photo that I reblog for a week as a writing exercise. I’ll start with the next amazing picture I find.
I stumbled outside onto the rain-drenched sidewalk in a daze, my treasure held tightly in my fist, my fist pressed firmly against my chest to stop my furiously pounding heart from ripping through and flattening itself upon the pavement in front of me.
“Are you okay?” Luke asked, grabbing my shoulder and turning me around to face him, his loving eyes full of concern.
“I’ll be fine.” I sighed leaning against his strong, stable chest for support.
“What did she say?” He asked after a minute, holding me at arm’s length.
I held out my trinket for an answer. I watched his face: shock, realization, dread, and then denial all manipulating it in the space of only a few seconds.
“Sophie,” he chided, “be reasonable. Those were just stories.”
“I thought so too,” I said, tension creasing my brow, “…at first.”
“What do you mean, ‘at first’?” he asked, smoothing the wrinkles from my brow with his thumb.
“You didn’t see her. The urgency in her voice…” I looked up at him, my eyes pleading. “Luke, you have to believe me.”
“Of course I believe you, love.” He said, gathering me up in his arms and holding me there. “Just not her. She was dying. She didn’t know what she was saying.”
“Then why would she have this?” I demanded, thrusting what she had given me in his face for the second time.
We both looked at the thing I was holding. It was the most beautiful key I had ever seen. It was made out of some kind of metal that I had never seen before: silver in color, but somehow unearthly; it almost had a glow about it. Though I knew it was impossible, I immediately thought of mithril. I could tell that it was immensely old by the skeletal style and although the design at the top was simple, it looked kingly. There was a pale green star just above where the neck connected to the head, and the tail looked somehow medieval. It was extremely light for its size, and even though I would never try, I knew that nothing in this world could ever break it.
I tore my gaze away from the key in order to further argue my case, but I could tell that Luke’s mind was set and once it was, there was no way to sway it with reason or logic: I would have to show him. All I had to do was find the door that all my childhood fantasies were based on.
That night, I lay in my bed remembering all of the stories involving the key that my grandmother had told me over the years and trying to recall the place where she said the door was. I couldn’t think of anything; all I remembered was her talking about the other world it lead to. I was frustrated with myself for not paying more attention and greedy for what I knew lay behind the door. I groped for the key now hanging from a chain around my neck and looked at it just visible in the moonlight.
[I wrote this about three years ago and this was the story I expanded upon in the shower today. It’s a lot easier to think of something in your head than to get it all down on paper though so the next few weeks are going to be really hard trying to adapt my thoughts into something coherent and fit for a page of text. Now about the writing itself, I know that it’s just a first draft and any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated, and I actually think that the woman’s name is going to be Eloise, not Sophie, because I am reserving the name Sophie for my first daughter, should I have one.]
People never want to give you credit for any of the nice things that you do for them. No, they always want to focus on the negatives, no matter how minor. Sometimes I feel as if I’m just going to blow up out of frustration.