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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Damaged Goods

“No.” I pushed him off me and searched for my bra and panties.

Scott slipped on his boxers before following me out of the bedroom. I made eggs while he made his case.

“You love me, right?”

“You know I do.”

“Then let’s do it.”

No,” I said again.

“Why not?”

“First off, who proposes during sex?”

“I’ve proposed a million times. I’ve done roses, fancy dinners, made sure everything was perfect,” Scott grumbled. “The ring’s been sitting in your nightstand for months. Just say yes and put the damn thing on already.”

“I’m only 32 and I’ve been divorced three times. Three!” I argued. “I’m worse than Jennifer freakin' Lopez. And she has talent and a hot ass going for her.”

“Yours is hotter.” He pulled me to his chest, grabbing two handfuls of my butt.

I married Chad, my high school sweetheart, when we were 19. Everyone tried talking us out of it, even my dentist. They don’t understand how deep our love is, we told ourselves. Our 'deep love' dried up within a year. At 23, I wed my boss. Jim was 34; a bonafide adult. That marriage ended when I cheated with my brother’s friend. Matt, the friend, had chased me for years. We married the day after my divorce was final. Once Matt had me, his interest waned. My attorney handled my third divorce pro bono since I’d already given her so much business. She and I still text.

“Three strikes are a good thing in bowling,” Scott grinned. “They call it a turkey.”

I rolled my eyes and turned away so he wouldn’t see me smile.

“Come on, Babe,” he pleaded. “Make an honest man out of me.”

I looked into Scott’s eyes. For the past three years, he’d shared his apartment, his heart and his life with me. I wasn’t damaged goods to him. Standing in our kitchen—in our underwear, it suddenly seemed like the perfect moment.

“Go get the ring and ask me again.”

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This week's Trifecta Writing Challenge: The entry must be 33-333 words and include the word "turkey" as defined below:

TURKEY
three successive strikes in bowling

Word count: 333  

32 comments:

  1. Haha! Just wonderful as per your usual Ivy!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  2. Very entertaining read! I'm afraid that if she hasn't figured herself out yet, she might make a turkey out of him :)

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    1. Thank you! I think she was just young and silly. Hopefully she has her act together by now. :)

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  3. I love the last line! And the aside that "she and I still text." You've got a real talent for believable dialog. This was a great read.

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    1. What a lovely comment to read first thing this morning! Thank you for the kind words. Realistic dialog is a big deal to me, so I really appreciate that feedback. And I'm so glad you liked the "she and I still text" line. I made myself chuckle with that one. :)

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  4. Really well-written, each character real and great dip in the past

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    1. That is so sweet of you to say. Thank you!

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  5. Hahaha. Good a time as any!
    Love the lawyer's freebie (suspension of disbelief, much?)
    Way to work in the prompt, Ivy!

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    1. Her lawyer will probably charge her for the fourth divorce. :)

      Thank you!

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  6. What a strange but fun little argument. This is great.

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  7. "I married Chad, my high school sweetheart, when we were 19. Everyone tried talking us out of it, even my dentist."

    Ivy, it's delightful details like this, plus the highly engaging nature of your writing that makes me love every single piece you write! This was so fun to read!!

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    1. Valerie, thank you! I can't tell you how much your wonderful comment means to me. Reading this was a bright spot in an otherwise challenging morning. (I'm pretty sure preteen girls are the devil.)

      BTW, The feeling is mutual. :)

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  8. I knew the characters in so few words. Well done.

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    1. I love knowing a reader connected to my characters. Thank you so much!

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  9. Love this story. Hope number 4 turns out to be her lucky number. I kept thinking, three strikes, you're out. But, that's baseball. :) Very good description of how she fell into one marriage, out, and into another.

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    1. Her marital history was the hardest part of the story to write, so thank you for saying that! Yes, hopefully the fourth times the charm. :)

      Thanks for reading and always taking the time to comment!

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  10. "We still text" is awesome. I loved this. Thanks for linking up.

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    1. I think her most solid relationship is with her divorce attorney. :)

      Thank you so much!

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  11. This was wonderful, start to finish, and my hat off to you for making turkey romantic! I agree that the details were wonderful, the "We still text' made me giggle. My father is actually like that, he just tied the knot on #6, at age 70.

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    1. Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback!

      As far as your dad goes, I'm impressed. I was lucky to get just one person to marry me.

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  12. ... even my dentist.. so many funny lines. Great dialog and a great story. I wasn't damaged goods to him. Sweet summation. I really enjoyed it.

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    1. I really appreciate your kind words. I'm so glad you enjoyed my little story. :)

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  13. Ah, l'amour. Though I do have to wonder what the conversation with the dentist was like. :P

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    1. Haha! I figure the dentist lectured her based on his own experience or that of someone he knows. And then she probably asked to be knocked out so she didn't have to listen to him anymore. :)

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  14. What a fun little moment this is. I love your tone here. Perfect.

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    1. Thank you so much! I had fun writing this one. :)

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