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100 Word Challenge for Grown-UpsThe prompt for this week’s 100-Word Challenge for Grown-Ups is “Ruby,” to celebrate the 40th week of this challenge.

We have 100 words to fulfill the prompt, and – while my idea is pretty cheesy – I hope that you enjoy my take. πŸ™‚

“Precious Promises”

Amid riffling chiffon, she presses back against the door. It clicks, and she smiles.

He turns, tails flapping. β€œYou shouldn’t be here-!”

Three strides, and she’s in his arms, silencing him with a kiss that makes him hum…and leaves a ruby smear across his lips.

β€œSorry!” she laughs, and starts to thumb the smirch away.

He doesn’t laugh, though, but holds her tight. β€œPromise you’ll still kiss me like that after today?”

The question’s as important now as it will be in an hour. So is her answer. So she rises, seeking his smudged lips again, and whispers, β€œI do.”

Sally and Larry

“Precious Promises” by Mayumi-H
(I think I spent more time drawing this little doodle than I did writing this week’s prompt!)

I know that most of what I write with these 100-word challenges are fluff. But, I think, subconsciously, I need to be writing fluff, right now. I’m in the middle of a first draft novel that has a lot of heavy emotional drama in it, and I find these lighter-toned pieces of simple love and family life to be cathartic.

As for the doodle, I did a quick, small sketch in my pad during my train commute, and just had to flesh it out. It’s tiny, so there isn’t a tremendous amount of detail, which makes it quite cartoon-y. But I had much fun drawing and coloring something so simple with my Prismacolors.

So, how did you interpret this prompt? πŸ™‚