Ten O’Clock Scholar – stone

In Ten O’Clock Scholar, Peggy, a mother of two young boys, decides to go back to college for her Interior Design degree. The only problem with her plan is a reluctant husband. In this snippet, we jump ahead in the story to Peggy’s first day of class.

This week we’re writing to the prompt ‘stone.’

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Sure enough, his footsteps padded down the carpeted hallway, right past the dining room table without a pause to stop and say goodnight. A brief moment of elation filled her with joy. She wouldn’t have to deal with his bullshit tonight. Almost as suddenly as the happiness descended, it fled, leaving in its place a well of sorrow and sadness.

Tears welled up behind her eyes, her vision clouded and sobs threatened to spill out. She caught herself and stopped the emotions from overwhelming her. She didn’t want him to hear her break down crying.

We can’t keep going on like this. I need to make a decision. I’ve got to give him an ultimatum. But…what if he takes me up on it? I don’t have any money. I don’t have a job. I have no earthly idea what I’d do then.

Reacting in a manner that had served her well her whole life, instead of dealing with the critical situation in front of her, Peggy tamped down her emotions and her thoughts and turned her attention to an action unrelated to the dilemma that left her feeling confused and helpless. She flipped through the pages of the opened textbook in front of her.

TT_stone bedroom.jpgA photograph of a peaceful, serene bedroom caught her eye, making her gape in awe. A rush of desire flooded through her. I want that room! The light neutral colors were soothing. The bed linens were plush and inviting. The beige stone wall behind was the perfect accent, lending a natural, but not rustic, feel to the atmosphere.

She turned the page to find another photograph depicting different stone varieties for interiors.

And here I thought stones were only used for walkways, or maybe some countertops.

She ran her finger down the list; marble, field stone, limestone, granite, slate, river rock, pebbles.

TT_stone.jpgI can see there’s going to be a learning curve in this class. There’s ideas here that I’ve never even thought of using in a room. I’d better start opening my eyes and checking out the possibilities. Maybe I’ll text Wanda tomorrow and see if she wants to meet up and go visit some model homes with me.

The grandfather clock on the wall ticked on as Peggy spent the next hour browsing through her brand new copy of The Fundamentals of Interior Design. After perusing through the end of the book, she returned to the first chapter and began reading. The Design Process. Yellow marker in hand, she highlighted sentences and sections that she wanted to make a note of. At some places she picked up a red pen and underlined words and ideas that she wanted to remember. On a legal pad she made notes of words to look up, and ideas she wanted to Google for more information. By the end of the chapter her mind whirled and tumbled with new data and facts. One more thought crossed her mind. She closed the book and set it aside, then pulled her laptop closer. Opening it up, when the screen appeared, she clicked on a favorite icon. Pinterest.

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. karencino
    Jun 13, 2017 @ 01:30:07

    I’m so happy that Peggy is moving forward with her school despite her husband acting like an ass.


  2. mhsusannematthews
    Jun 13, 2017 @ 11:14:40

    What a great scene. Learning something new can’t fix old problems, but it can make her feel good in the short term.


  3. jeanjoachim
    Jun 13, 2017 @ 18:11:47

    Love her determination and enthusiasm. Please give Derek a thump on the head for me.


  4. Author
    Jun 13, 2017 @ 19:42:56

    Way to go Peggy and she better watch out- Pinterest will suck her in. LOL! I agree with Jean, thump Derek on the head. Jillian


  5. Flossie Benton Rogers
    Jun 14, 2017 @ 03:43:58

    I’m sorry for her emotional sorrow and that she has to tamp it down. Thank goodness she has something to get her animated and excited.


  6. Vicki Locey
    Jun 14, 2017 @ 09:21:39

    Derek needs a swift kick in the keister!


  7. Tricia
    Jun 19, 2017 @ 15:53:26

    My heart broke for her when she thought about Derek. I’m glad she has something to distract her.


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