Romance Writers Weekly



Happy Tuesday and welcome to our weekly blog. We hope this finds you safe and well. And thanks for joining us. We really appreciate it!

This week’s challenge is a Flash Fiction:

 Write 500 words and include Pickle, Letter and Looking glass.

Here goes…

The flea market was teeming with people this morning. The wares included everything from jars of pickled vegetables lined up like little soldiers to fresh produce that promised to add to any cuisine. There were antiques, some still decorated with the dust from the attic they had rested in until today. A small looking glass, framed with beautifully carved wood, caught the sunlight, and glittered seductively on one table. It had, no doubt, graced the hand of a lady long ago as she fluffed her hair. Teacups and lamps and other assorted items were spread out, hoping for a new home where they would be treasured.

But the thing that caught Celia’s eye was a packet of old letters, tied with a blue ribbon. They had to be ancient. No one wrote real letters anymore. The handwriting was faded on the top envelop and the sheer beauty of the hand drawn letters was magic. Tentatively, she reached out her hand and ran her finger along the edge of one.

 “Love letters,” a male voice said. “Written to my great grandmother,” 

Celia raised her gaze to meet sparkling hazel eyes and she nearly gasped. She was instantly attracted and her body tightened. She swallowed, then licked her lips. “How can you part with them?”

He smiled and her insides lit up.

“I don’t know anything about who sent them. They’re only signed with an initial. And that initial does not belong to my great grandfather. I found them in an old trunk and thought it might be nice to share them with someone who could appreciate them. Maybe write a book or something. You don’t happen to be an author or anything?”

Celia laughed. “As a matter of fact, I write…romance novels.”

He tilted his head. “Well, the market closes at five today and, if you’re up for it, maybe we could talk about a collaboration.”

Now let’s pop over to the fabulous A.S. Fenichel. But first, check out her incredible anthology, just released:

Barfy Clair

A.S. Fenichel

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