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Monday, December 9, 2013

A Melt With Three Sides

William’s already working when I arrive. I take my place across the table and start stuffing fliers. He flashes that smile—the one that always manages to melt my insides. Geez, I sound like a lovesick schoolgirl.

I love the way William clears his throat to fill awkward silences. I love that he goes by his full name, not Will or—Lord help me—Billy. I love that he cares enough about animals to volunteer at the Animal Rescue League. And, on a purely shallow level, he’s freakin’ hot.

We have a connection. I think. On the way over here, I talked myself into making a move. Ugh! Can't do it.


I worked with Jordan today. It could be wishful thinking, but I feel such a connection. Sometimes the feeling is so strong I want to scream, “Hey, let’s do this thing!” I can barely stand when there’s silence, because the urge is overwhelming.

Besides being drop-dead gorgeous, Jordan has the biggest heart. And I'm a total sucker for the brown hair/blue eyes combo. We have so much in common.

Every time we work together, I leave pissed off at myself for letting another opportunity pass. Why can't I just grow some balls? I’m scared to put myself out there again, that’s why. But I can’t go on like this much longer.


“Oh, those kids,” I groan under my breath as the last volunteer walks out the door. “Gah!”


“William and Jordan.”

“Still no progress, huh?” Jan, my co-volunteer coordinator shakes her head, chuckling. “Maybe we outta lock them in the storeroom. Remember that game Seven Minutes in Heaven?”

“I really thought William would make a move today. He seemed like he was working himself up to it.”

“Just keep scheduling them together, Cupid,” she says. “If something’s there, it’ll happen.”

I scoop up the stuffed envelopes, turn off the coffee pot, and grab my jacket and purse.

“I don’t know,” I sigh. “One of those boys seriously needs to man up.”


I woke up with this story in my head. Usually my first thought is about some crappy crap I have to do, so this was a much nicer start to my day. And the prompt word seemed to fit well. Oh, and may I please have extra credit for making each perspective 111 words? Thank you kindly.

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

to make tender or gentle. SOFTEN

Word count: 333


  1. Cupid at Xmas, I love it!

  2. Great story! I guess time will tell if Cupid's arrow is stronger than shyness :)

  3. A nice twist to the story, I liked how you didn't reveal genders until the end.

  4. I love the three different sides, all wanting the same thing. ♥♥♥

  5. You've got extra credit in my book - I always appreciate some good mathematical balance haha. Nice story! The three perspectives were a really nice way to tell it.

  6. Tara stole my comment

    Now THAT is what I call a gender reveal party. Well done, Ivy

  7. I was totally fooled by the voice in here -thought that it is a confused girl hungry for love/attention and who fell for any and every good looking boy she came across and then the last 111 took me to another level altogether-wow-what a turnaround and change of perspective;-)Loved it Ivy!

  8. Brilliant use of bait and switch (sound of clapping)!

  9. Such a great story, Ivy! Suspense and writing at its best. Loved reading it, my friend.

  10. Fine stuff, and you gave good male voices there!

  11. Haha, this is brilliant :D
    And I believe extra credit si coming your way afterall :P

  12. Man up...they sure do. Sweet story, Ivy. Well told, as always. :)

  13. I also like that you didn't give this way until the end. Which I must say was a surprise, well done Ivy!

  14. You captured the voices of your two main characters wonderfully. Diamond ending! Thanks for linking up!

  15. That was fantastic! The third perspective threw me for a moment, until I realized what you'd done. Sweet, sweet story - I loved it.

  16. Oh this is perfect.. so many switches and turns.. really enjoyed it...

  17. I loved the three perspectives, the matchmaker and the twist. And awesome 111 times 3.
    I do need to whine a bit about the lovesick schoolgirl, though. *whines*
    Okay, you really nailed the three different voices. And sweetness : )

  18. I love this, Ivy! I adore a good love story-and I like to imagine this one will end in happily ever after. (As long as that first move is made!)

    I agree about the ending being diamond too! Perfection, sweetie!

  19. oh I loved this, Ivy! And your 111 x 3 math is extra awesome - extra credit indeed. The characters and their longing felt so real. Great job!

  20. Oh, Ivy. I was talking to a friend about probably trying a gay love story, but I don't think I could ever match up to this. I just had to come back and read your piece because I remember it being so good!
    I miss you on the Trifecta. And I just read the other post on your blog about you and your family of miscreants, hehe. totally cracked me up at work. Shame on you, haha.

    1. TPM--my favorite Harry Potter-obsessed blogger! :)

      You are so incredibly sweet! I can't tell you how touched I am that you came back for a visit.

      Don't sell yourself short; I have every confidence that you could write an amazing gay love story. As you see, I've been neglecting my blog of late. I also haven't been visiting other blogs. But if you decide to tackle such a story--and you totally should--please come back here and post the link. I'd love to read it.

      I'm glad you enjoyed our Christmas wrap sheet. Lol! I like to keep things interesting. I wonder what my warped mind will come up with this year.

      Thanks again for stopping by and leaving such a wonderful comment. When my life settles down, I'll be getting back into writing prompts. Hopefully, I'll see you around. :)


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