By Jael Strong
“The Twenty Minute Creativity Project” is a weekly challenge designed to spur creative approaches to every day obstacles.
Week Thirteen Challenge: In twenty minutes, create a piece of romantic fiction featuring two characters named by an outside party.
Characters: Julian and Saundra
Julian reached across the breakfast table and clasped Saundra’s hand, a milky white model of perfection. He gave her a reassuring squeeze as he used his other hand to grasp his orange juice. “It won’t be long now. The session ends soon and then we will be off on our escapade. Don’t fret then, dear.”
She smiled and loosened herself from his grip. Buttering her toast, Saundra peered out the window and down the mountain side. The hotel, perched at the top of the peek, provided a flawless view of the valley below. “Still, it is hard for me Julian, being apart from you all of these hours. We only see each other at breakfast, and then I am left pining for you until dinnertime. It’s positively dreadful!”
“I know, my dear. I miss you too. And those meetings are horribly long. But, we must do what we must do,” said Julian as he rubbed his thumb against his index finger. Then his mood brightened. “There are things to do though. There are sightseeing tours and horseback riding can be arranged at the stables. Perhaps a bike ride would make you happy.”
“Nothing makes me happy without you, Julian.” Saundra shook dramatically and flung the buttered toast from her hand. Clasping both of his hands in hers, she asked, “What time is it, Julian?”
“Nearly eight thirty. Our time is almost coming to an end.”
“I have to hurry!”
“What is it, my love?”
“I’ve made an appointment for a bicycle ride. Only to help me wile away the hours before I see you again. I will think of you at every turn,” Saundra said as she rose from her seat. Julian quickly followed, grasping Saundra around the waist as they headed to the front doors of the hotel lobby where the bicycle rental stand waited.
Julian and Saundra stood outside in the cool mountain breeze as the boy readied Saundra’s bike. The couple looked from side to side, taking in the steep slopes that formed on each side of the driveway. Julian held his arm firmly around Saundra’s mid-section as she leaned her head against his shoulder. Tenderly, he kissed her forehead as each moment passed. A slight groan escaped her lips as she thought of the many hours they would be apart.
The boy brought the bicycle forward for Saundra to stride. Still embracing, Julian helped Saundra straddle the seat and fastened with one hand the helmet stationed upon her head by the bicycle boy. As the helmet straps snapped into place, the wheels of the bicycle felt the irresistible force of gravity dragging it and its rider down the long, steep driveway.
“Stop pulling away from me, my dear,” cried Julian, feeling Saundra slipping away from his embrace.
“I couldn’t stop if I wanted to,” replied Saundra.
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About the Author
Jael Strong is a writer for TheWriteBloggers, a company dedicated to creating professional blogging content for increased internet visibility.