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On a quest to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I enjoy conversation with good friends over a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. If I could be anywhere on earth, I'd choose to be on the beach, in the moonlight, with my feet buried in sand up to my ankles.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Forever

Driving six hours is a long time on the road. Six hours spent singing car-aoke and taking in the picturesque scenery, but mostly reminiscing about the good times. But those days were long gone and my mind was in a different place now. Or was it? My pulse quickened as I passed the road sign which read "Medford 27 miles."


Derrick and I had been high school sweethearts with the hopeful teenage dream of being together forever. One careless moment changed everything, and the weight of keeping it secret drove us apart, first to different colleges in different states, then to different worlds. He took over his father’s architecture firm in Portland, and I opened an art studio in Sacramento. 20 years and a failed marriage later, I’m 27 miles from seeing him again. This High School Reunion might be our last chance to deal with our shared guilt and move past it. Maybe even rekindle an old teenage dream.

The previous story is part of Saturday Centus, brought to you by Jenny Matlock.  Jenny provides the writing prompt (the text in bold) and particpants finish the story - in 100 words or less.  I hope you enjoyed my story, and that you'll visit Jenny's site for more fun conclusions.

13 comments:

  1. Oh this was packed full of emotion. I could feel my heart sinking into hers. What a powerful set of 100 words. I wonder what the secret was? I wonder how many zillions of us have a highschool dream still resting in our hearts -I wonder...

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  2. Lovely. LIke Terra said, so much packed into so few words. Now I really want to know more about these two...any chance of that?

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  3. ooo...hope it goes well for her...

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  4. This was great. I'm dealing with characters I'm writing about that are in a similar situation that started out on Centus but then I decided to do it privately for now. So, your centus is close to my heart. This was very well written and I loved it.

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  5. Oooo...I really want to hear the rest of this!

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  6. This was terrific. I too would like to hear more of the story.

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  7. Wow! What is the guilty secret? Do they reconnect? You've done a great job of packing alot of intensity in such a short piece. And you've left me wanting more :) Kat

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  8. Very well-written and intriguing story! Great job on this! You just jumped in there and let your creativity flow, and it flowed in buckets! Excellent!

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  9. Ooh I bet a lot of people have been in that situation - well written!

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  10. reflective and thoughtful post.

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  11. http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/happy-25th-anniversary-to-alan-a-poet-we-respect/

    help say hello to a fellow poet if you have a moment,
    thanks!
    ;)

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  12. Hey? What happened here! What did they do? What happened in Medford.

    100 words....arggggghhhh!

    Great link!

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  13. Secrets.
    Aren't they the spice though!
    Look at how that word brought out the "what is it?" in all these writers above...great story. I loved it.

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