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Friday, May 11, 2012

Flash Fiction Friday 5-11-12: "Foreign Affairs"

(Source image unknown; provided some time ago by the lovely Lexi)

Summer in a strange country, wandering the streets, penniless, lost and dejected. I strolled aimlessly, not knowing what I sought.

It certainly hadn't been this. Dark hair, dark eyes, tanned skin; a hint of mischief in the crescent whiteness of her smile. She crooked her finger at me and I followed, helpless.

Down a blind alley, she pulled me against a wall. I tasted pomegranates in her kiss, licked the salt of her sweat from her nipples. She arched a leg high and gasped quietly as I sank into her.

I was still lost, but at least I'd found this.

Your challenge for today was to use the picture above and write a flash fiction of less than 100 words. Additionally, I provided a key phrase I wanted to see used somewhere in the submission:

"...a hint of mischief..."

Nobody's checking word counts, or for the key phrase, but you're only cheating yourself if you break the rules. Unless you're doing it to earn a spanking (in which case, see me after class).

Special Bonus Director's Commentary Track: 

The woman in this picture seems just the kind of mischievous imp I'd like to spend a couple of days getting to know while visiting a foreign country. I've never traveled extensively outside the U.S., but I had little trouble imagining someone who was down on his luck, had had a series of misfortunes or was otherwise unable to leave the country, yet couldn't find a means to sustain himself, wandering the streets, penniless and alone. I wondered how I would react if I were him. I wondered how she would notice. I wondered how she might introduce herself, and this, with very little changing or editing, is the result. I hope you enjoyed it. 

If you are playing along this week, please leave your link below using the widget. It will appear in the text of the post itself, not in the comments, so everyone that's playing will be listed here. This frees me from having to chase people down to find out if they're playing or update the Friday post several times for late entries. Your cooperation is appreciated.

In any case, the participants list is below. Go check them out, and thanks to all who played along.

Check back here on Monday for the next challenge! And if you have any photos or artwork you'd like to see in a future challenge, please send them my way. Thanks to Lexi for providing this week's photo!

-- PB


Word said...

Definitely what you'd want to see coming to your rescue. :)

Jack and Jill said...

Excellent story! The heat emanating from their encounter is keeping us warm tonight!

Great title as well. :)

David said...

Wander lust of a vagabond? Lucky fellow, at least temporarily. Nice take on the picture.

The Panserbjørne said...

Wordwytch: The question now is whether she is actually rescuing him or whether she just found him interesting and decided to pounce. I guess you can decide for yourself. :)

Jack and Jill: Warm? You must be in one of those weird countries where it's actually still cold. Wish that were the case here. Glad you liked the title!

David: Yeah, I'd say he's pretty lucky too. Or should I say "I" since this was written in first person? Don't know.

-- PB

Ryan Beaumont said...

I kind of see your take on it as a coming of age as well. Kind of like Leo Decaprio's character in Titanic a poor but witty fellow.

Good story and glad you are back, hopefully this will be a weekly occurence for some time.

Anonymous said...

Loved the story, made me want more... welcome back PB, my writing brain thanks you!

Anonymous said...

Methinks his luck has changed. ;-)

Soren Ambrose said...

Lost and found.

Good angle (pun intended). :P


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Advizor54 said...

I immediately thought that he had better check his pockets for his wallet, for I'm sure it will end up in her boyfriend's hands by the end of the day. But I'm a cynic that way.

Welcome back, great pic, and thanks for getting it started!