Ten O’clock Scholar – picture prompt snippet

Our current story is Ten O’clock Scholar. This snippet is written for Tuesday Tales, where a group of authors write to a word or picture prompt each week. This week we’re writing to a picture prompt. These snippets will be short. Each one is 300 words or less. There are several pictures to choose from and we each pick one to write to.

Enjoy the tale, then go check out the other delightful tales you’ll find at Tuesday Tales.

Feeling relieved to have a friendly face in front of her, Peggy smiled back and stuck out a hand. “Thanks for coming back and lending some moral support. I was feeling deflated after that. Especially after trying my hardest to be here on time. I never expected traffic coming into LA to be this horrid.”

“You haven’t driven in before?”

“Not driving myself. Actually…I can’t remember even being into LA so far. I think Pasadena is the furthest I’ve ventured west. Except for the beaches of course, but I always head south – towards Laguna.”

Carol nodded, her grin getting wider. “Love Laguna. But I usually end up at Huntington. It’s just easier with the kids.”

Peggy dropped her bag to the floor by her feet. “I don’t like Huntington. That’s where we always went when we were kids. I get bored there. I’d rather have the rocky cliffs and tidepools at Laguna. How many kids do you have?”

Holding up her fingers in a V configuration, Peggy answered. “Two. A boy and a girl.”

“Cool. I’ve got two too. Both boys.”

“How old are yours? My Olivia is four and Brian is three.”

“Right in between mine. Cliff is five and Jonathan is two.”

Carol held up her hand for a high-five. “Awesome! We should get together one afternoon for a burger and let the kids run around the play area.”

“I’d love that!” Peggy’s mood lightened the longer the two talked.

After pleasant banter back and forth, Peggy finally pulled her phone from her back pocket and checked the time. “Guess I’d better head out of here. I was hoping there’d be enough time to swing by the farmers market in San Dimas on the way home.”

“Love that place! Buy a pear for me!”

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susanne Matthews
    Mar 15, 2022 @ 10:49:33

    So nice that she found a friend with mutual interests and responsibilities. Well done.


  2. Jean Joachim
    Mar 15, 2022 @ 13:22:19

    Love the way you captured this. That is the way moms with young kids find each other and get together. Raising kids creates a bond. Great use of the picture prompt, too.


    • trishafaye
      Mar 18, 2022 @ 01:22:05

      Thanks Jean. As soon as I saw that picture prompt I knew I wanted to use it and where I wanted to go with it. Alas, I used up my 300 words before I got too far with it LOL


  3. Flossie Benton Rogers
    Mar 15, 2022 @ 13:39:47

    Lovely scene. I hope a friendship can continue, including their children. I enjoyed the descriptions of the differences between the beaches– nice details. It was so nice to read a sunny scene!


  4. Vicki Locey
    Mar 16, 2022 @ 09:40:47

    Great snippet! I do hope the friendship continues.


  5. Author
    Mar 17, 2022 @ 14:37:09

    Love their interactions. And yep, get that burger and let the children become pals! Great segue into the picture as well. Jillian


  6. Deb
    Mar 21, 2022 @ 04:59:13

    A lovely warm snippet! I like the get a pear for me ending.


  7. Tricia
    Mar 21, 2022 @ 14:28:15

    I love that they have so much in common and the banter they share. She deserves to have another friend. Great job!


    • trishafaye
      Mar 30, 2022 @ 22:31:20

      Thanks Tricia. Yes, making and having friends in all aspects of our lives helps get us through many a difficult day. Even those in today’s virtual world, like our Tuesday Tales friends!


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