Thats All She Wrote

Thats All She Wrote

October 13, 2011 Writing 20

The dream just wouldn’t stop. Every night as Cassie closed her eyes, he came, hair thick as an Indian’s and black as the tip of an oil stick, deep sienna complexion, milk chocolate eyes, and black lines that spread across his face like a spider web looming nose to nose behind her eyelids. She woke every morning slick with sweat. She didn’t understand what it meant. She had never met this man, never even see a tattoo like his, but there he was, every night, front and center, over and over again. There wasn’t even a character in the story she was working on like him.

She was at an impasse with her story anyway; the characters not moving along quite the way she wanted them to, resistant to the changes she wanted them to make. She was rather pleased with her story as it stood so far. It was a colorful tale of the high seas, full of scurvy pirates, voluptuous maidens, and the proverbial English gentleman. It was an adventure with just the right amount of drama, just enough comedy, and a twist or two. Just as the maiden was whisked off to sea in her petticoats, it fell flat. She knew her tale needed something though she hadn’t figured out what yet.

She resisted as long as she could before saving her work, though she had gotten no further, and found her bed. Before she could even close her eyes completely, there he was. Plump lips moved though she couldn’t hear the words. Invisible hands touched her cheeks, and his face loomed closer, like a petulant child demanding attention.

“Write me in, make me a hero,” his request, so simply stated before he disappeared.

So she did, to the very end.


     If you haven’t figured it out, this week, we’d like you to write a piece in which a tattoo figures prominently. Fiction or creative non-fiction. You will have 300 words with which to play. I have 294.

I am also linking up with the Studio 30+ writing prompt for this week: Haunted.

So, tell me what you think as concrit is ALWAYS welcome.


20 Responses

  1. Carrie says:

    Damn, I really need to check in at Studio 30+ more.

    I love the idea of a “muse” coming to you as you sleep, to inspire your story.

  2. Lance says:

    The descrition are spot on. I like the muscle you wrote with. This is really brawny in it’s honesty and emotion. Great piece, DM

  3. Andrea says:

    I love the twist that you took with this prompt. I also love ideas coming in ones sleep! Well done. 🙂

  4. I’m still waiting for that muse to show up and tell me what to do! 😉

  5. Jackie says:

    Well first of all I wish that the word limit was a little longer! It always leaves the reader wanting more but even so I think that this one can stand alone too.

    • DM says:

      Good. That’s what I was hoping for. I could have done a little more with this with more words and still ended it the same way. I’m glad it works.

  6. Some of the best muses are glimpsed in a dream. :> And thanks for the reminder to go check in with Studio 30 & Lightning Bug for prompts!

  7. Erin says:

    Oh I love this, I can’t tell you how many times I have seen that glimpse right before I go to sleep, and it makes for amazing things to come!

    • DM says:

      LOL, well I don’t know that I would want THIS particular character haunting me every night, but yes, I do know exactly what you mean. 😉

  8. Galit Breen says:

    Yes, this. The character that writers him or herself that just won’t leave you alone until you wrote them, dammit. Yes, that.

  9. CDG says:

    I’d read a story about a marked hero barging in and stealing the show from the pirate, maiden, gentleman trio.

    For sure.

  10. (FL) Girl with a New Life says:

    Ooh. Is he a ghost? Love the premise here. Very sexy.

    Always happy to see you working your craft.

    • DM says:

      Sort of. He was haunting her dreams until she wrote him in, like so many of our characters do.

      It’s so nice to see you!

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