Romance Writers Weekly



Hello and welcome to our hop. So happy you’re here! I hope you are all safe and staying well! I came up with this week’s challenge:

Flash Fiction time! 500 words or less using the words herbs, hair and heaven.

Leafing through a catalog, Karen saw an ad for shampoo that promised to be made with only the finest herbs. Apparently, it would make your hair smell like heaven.

She heaved a sigh. As if anyone was going to smell her hair. Just her luck, bees would probably swarm around her head hoping for some pollen and sting her.

She heaved another sigh. Enough of the pity party. Just because Will turned out to be a total jerk didn’t mean it had anything to do with her. Did it? Of course, she had picked him in the first place. She knew she needed to make better life choices. The next time…her thoughts drifted…

She certainly didn’t need a man to complete her. She had a good job, great friends, and a full life. Why, she even had her sweet puppy, who was now cuddled up against her and didn’t care how her hair smelled. Speaking of, the whimpering cut through her reverie. Sadie needed to go for a walk.

Karen put aside the magazine and heaved herself off the bed. She found Sadie’s leash and clipped it to her collar. The pup jumped up, delight in her big brown eyes. She loved walks.

A quick glance in the mirror and Karen decided she was decent enough so she wouldn’t scare away any little children. She led the leaping dog out the front door and down the steps. And collided with a hard chest. A groan from him and flying bits of ice and liquid.

“So sorry,” she muttered. “I didn’t see you.”

If he was about to get angry, Sadie’s little barks of delight clearly melted his heart. He bent to pet her and then looked up at Karen. “It’s okay, I needed a bath, anyway.” His hazel eyes sparkled with humor.

Karen pursed her lips in embarrassment. “Can I get you a cloth or something?”

“I’m fine,” he responded, straightening. His face scrunched a little and he tilted his head. “I know this may sound strange, but what kind of shampoo do you use? Your hair smells great.”

Now let’s pop over to the incredible A.S. Fenichel and see what she came up with…

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