Becca’s Date

Welcome back! It’s Fiction Friday and I have another installment of Becca & Jake’s story. Last week I asked if you could suggest a title for it and Stephanie came up with Playing with Fire. What do you think?

It had been almost a year and a half since Jake had passed away and Becca found herself at the day spa getting ready for a dinner date. She wasn’t quite sure how she’d gotten to this point because she wasn’t looking to date but she let her friend talk her into a blind date a couple weeks ago and to her surprise they actually hit it off.

Max was the complete opposite of Jake. Max was very tall where Jake was of average height. Jake was sandy blond where Max had thick, dark hair. Blue eyes for Jake and milk chocolate eyes for Max. The differences went on and on from there but she refused to let herself continue to compare them any more. It wasn’t fair really and she was finally getting used to the idea of dating again.

The nail tech brought her out of her thoughts. “Alright, what color do you want today?”

Becca looked up. “Umm.. how about a french manicure this time.”

The two chatted while her nails were finished and then Becca headed home to change and put her make up on. She couldn’t believe how great she felt after spending the day at the spa! A facial, massage, manicure and a pedicure can do wonders for a person she thought and made a mental note to do it again soon.

Becca slipped into the her favorite dress. While everyone else wore a little black dress she wore one that was a deep purple color that barely skimmed her knees and fell in a deep V in the front and back. The dress made her feel sexy and confident and she was hoping that Max would like it too.

She sighed as she looked into the mirror. “Why am I trying so hard to impress him?” She slid her feet into her black heels and grabbed her bag just as the doorbell chimed. With one more glance in the mirror and a deep breath she said, “Here goes nothing.”

Becca opened the door and took in the sight of Max standing there in a well fitted black suit. “Hi,” she said softly.

“Hi…. you look amazing, Becca.”

She smiled at him. “Thanks.”

“Are you ready to go,” he asked.

“Yea, just let me grab my purse.”

Max placed his hand at the small of her back as the walked out to his car and Becca felt butterflies in her stomach at his touch.

They had reservations at a local restaurant that had recently opened up and was beyond their expectations. They talked all evening over a bottle of wine, letting their fingers skim across each others when they reached for their glasses.

There was definitely chemistry thought Becca and she was beginning to hope that he felt the same way. They reached her place and she looked over at Max, “Would you like to come up for coffee or something?” She felt silly asking but she wasn’t ready for the night to end yet.

His smile when he responded brought back those little butterflies again. “Sure.”

She let them in the door and as she closed it he pulled her into his arms and kissed her.

Becca melted into his body as her arms wrapped around him pulling him closer. She wanted to feel the strength of his arms and chest as she ran her hands over them. But it wasn’t long and she pulled back with a gasp. “Umm… Coffee?”

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It’s time for a change in outward appearance, be it a character, yourself, or someone in your life. In 500 words or less, write about a makeover of your choice (hair, clothes, makeup, facial hair for the menfolk), fictional or memoir/creative non-fiction. Let’s think about how physical appearance changes can affect the inner landscape.


Welcome back to another installment of Becca & Jake’s story. I think it’s time I come up with a title for this don’t you? I am open to suggestions! What do you think?

Mandi’s phone rang as she scooted to the edge of the couch so she could reach it and of course given her size and how fast she’d been moving lately she missed the call.

“Figures…” she mumbled as she looked at the caller ID. “What the hell…again?” She hit redial and waited for him to answer.

“Hi,” Jake said. “How are you doing?”

“I look and feel like a beached whale…. but other than that I’m alright I guess.”

“How’d your last appointment go?” He asked.

“Any day now is what they told me so I’m just sitting here and waiting.” Mandi paused for a moment and finally asked, “Do you think you’ll be here in time?”

“Yea,” he said. “I’m leaving tomorrow and should be there late in the evening.”


Mandi let out a blood curdling scream as she held on tight to Jake’s hand.

“Good job, Mandi!” The doctor said. “One more and you’re done.”

With one more push Jake watched his son born and then handed over to Mandi.

He leaned down and kissed her forehead as he gently touched his son…. lost for words.


Jake carried the car seat with Noah all bundled in it up into the house while Mandi took their bags into the bedroom.

“The nursery looks great,” he said as he peaked around the corner.

“Thanks,” Mandi replied. She didn’t really have a lot to say to him. She knew that he was leaving the next day and wouldn’t be back for a long time. It shouldn’t bother her… she knew that he had a life to return to and she had the most beautiful baby to raise.

“Are you ok?” Jake asked as he walked into the kitchen with the baby in his arms. “You seem distant.”

“I’m fine,” she replied. “I just don’t want things to get to comfortable… you’re leaving.”

“Mandi… I’m sorry… you know I have to.” He held his son close to him and looked down at him. “You know I’ll do anything I can to help you and I’m always going to be there for him. I just need time to talk to Becca and explain things.”

“I know,” she replied. “But she’s going to know that something is going on if you don’t tell her soon.”


Jake left mid morning after Mandi got up and around for the day.

When she finally got the baby to sleep and went to lay down on her bed she found an envelope lying on her pillow and when she opened it up she found close to $2000 in there with a note from Jake.


I know I can’t always be there for our son, but I hope that this helps for a bit.


Mandi held it close to her as the tears fell.

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This week, write a fiction or creative non-fiction piece about a time one of your main characters finds himself or herself paying back a debt–financial or otherwise

The Coffee Shop


This week the fabulous writers from Write on Edge are tempting us with a new prompt….. Introduce a romantic interest or opportunity and see what happens. And do it with 450 words or less. 

In keeping with the current storyline of Becca & Jake I bring you another installment in their story. If you’d like to read more click here.

Becca looked down at the cup in front of her, it was half full of tea that had gone cold hours ago. Another turn of her head and she looked out the window and realized that dusk was setting upon the city.

How long had she been sitting there? Hours it appeared, but she’d finally been able to make some progress on her final project for graduation. It was the last step before she was done with six long years of school, hard work, lack of sleep, and determination. It would be worth it though.

Becca stood up and walked up to the counter and ordered a cup of coffee this time. She figured she’d need it to get through the rest of the evening.

The door opened and a tall guy with sandy brown hair and green eyes walked in. Immediately Becca’s eyes were drawn to him and when he looked up and smiled at her it was all that she could to keep from drooling all over herself. Quickly she looked back at the clerk and thanked her before moving back to her table.

Becca started to gather her things when she sensed that someone was sitting across from her.

“Hi,” said a distinctly male voice.

Becca looked up and her eyes locked with those deep green eyes that walked in the door a few minutes ago. “H..hi,” she replied. He had caught her off guard and she was having trouble with words for some reason.

He held his hand out to her and smiled. “I’m Jake.”

She smiled in return because it was hard not to. “I’m.. I’m Becca,” she replied a bit softer than she’d meant to as she shook his hand.

“So, I’ve seen you here a few times… you’re pretty focused on your work all the time,” he said to her.

“Umm… yea. It’s quiet and I can usually make progress on my project. My roommates can be loud sometimes….” she replied trailing off as she finished gathering her things. “Do you go to Brown too?”

He laughed at her question. “Nope,” he replied before taking a drink of his coffee. “I went to college out west and graduated a year or so ago.”

“Oh,” she said and felt like an idiot for making an assumption.

“I’m an elementary school teacher,” he told her.

She smiled again at him, “Wow! That takes a lot of patience.”

“It does, but I love it.”

“I’m graduating this spring,” she told him.

They talked until the shop closed and then left together.

Waking up……. but not alone

This week we’d like you to write a fiction or creative non-fiction piece about a time someone crossed a line, legally or ethically. Explore the motivation of your character and possibly the consequences of his or her actions.

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Jake jumped out of bed and grabbed his clothes quickly, not caring about the fact that he was totally nude. “I’m sorry…. ” he started as he pulled on his pants. “I can’t believe this happened.” He finished more to himself than to her.

“You can’t believe it?” Mandi demanded. “What did you think we were going to do? Chat all night and do each others nails?”

Jake looked over at her as he finished getting dressed. “Mandi, I’m sorry. This should have never happened… I… I sort of have a girlfriend.”

“Well guess that’s why you murmured Becca in your sleep,” she replied as she stood up to gather her things. “So now what?”

Jake shrugged in response, “I guess we forget this night happened and move on.”

And that’s what they did. Mandi returned to school while Jake went back to the states. Both had set aside their night together and moved on.


Jake’s phone buzzed in his pocket as he made his way through the crowds of people at the mall. “Hello,” he said without even bothering to look to see who it was.

“Jake?” A woman’s voice asked hesitantly.

“This is Jake,” he replied. “Who is this?”

“Mandi,” she said.

Jake paused for a moment remembering who she was and for a moment fear shot through him and he didn’t know what to say.

“Jake… I’m pregnant.”

“What?” he asked. “Why are you telling me this?”

She sighed, “because it’s your baby.”

He laughed. “Not possible,” he stopped walking and moved out of the way of the crowds. “Why are you trying to pin this on me?”

“I’m not,” she replied softly. “I haven’t slept with anyone in months other than you.”

Again Jake paused and cursed under his breath. “What are you going to do?”

“Keep it of course!”

“Mandi…. come on… think about this for a minute. Are you sure?”

“Yes, I am very sure. Look Jake… I’m just letting you know because it’s the right thing to do but I’m not asking you to be part of this child’s life or mine.”

“This is going to ruin my life!”

Mandi’s voice rose, “Your life! You bastard! What about me?”

“I’m engaged and getting married this summer!”

“Well congratulations! While you’re on your honeymoon I’ll be as big as a house and getting ready to deliver your child!”

“Mandi, please… calm down. You sprang this on me! Give me some time to process it all. I’ll give you a call after the holidays, alright?” And with that he hung up as Becca made her way over to him.

She leaned into him and kissed him. “Everything alright? You look upset.”

He pulled her close as they headed out of the mall and said, “Yea, I’m fine. The crowds were getting to me.”

“Well, we’re done Christmas shopping so we won’t have to go back,” she told him with a smile.

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When all is lost

According to Dante, the gates of hell are inscribed “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” Let that inscription lead, but not necessarily define, your piece for Friday’s link-up.

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When all is lost there is hope. Hope in the future, hope in love, and hope that things will get better.

That’s what everyone kept telling her, but she knew that they were wrong and things weren’t going to get better. As a matter of fact things were getting worse day by day and keeping hope was more difficult than just accepting the inevitable. So what was inevitable… death and taxes and she sure as hell didn’t owe any money to the government. All that was left was death.

According to statistics accidents happen every day and there are some where we stand up and brush off the dirt and then there are others… like what happened to Jake.

Becca kept playing that day over and over in her head and still couldn’t figure out how it happened. One minute she was sitting on the beach watching Jake surf, something he was very accomplished at, and then next thing she knew he was being pulled out of the water by a couple other surfers and he was unconscious.

It had been almost three weeks since that day on the beach and he had yet to wake up. The doctors said that he was in a coma and that his chances of waking up were slim but she had refused to believe them. She knew that Jake was strong, healthy, and that there was no way that he would ever leave her side. She had so much hope that he would fully recover. She had to believe that he would wake up and they would continue on with their lives together as they had planned. She had hope that her love would be enough to bring him back to her.

Becca knew in the back of her mind that he was already gone after the first week and a half of sitting by his side in the hospital. She would sit there day and night and hold his hand in hers. It was cold and limp… not like that of a dead person but of someone who was not in control anymore. She would talk to him, smile, and even laugh as she talked of their lives together in hopes that she would get some sort of response out of Jake but there was nothing, not even the slightest twitch.

Hope was gone and now all that she had left was fear, a deep sadness, and she wanted to give up. Giving up would be so much easier than accepting that the love of her life was slowly slipping away from her.

The doctors gave her the options and then left her to consider what decision she would make. All she could do is hold Jake and cry and think how unfair life was.

Towards the end of the fourth week in the hospital a decision was made with family. They let Jake go.

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Mac & Piggy

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“Are you watching that video again Jake?” Becca called from the living room. A smile spread across her face knowing full well what the answer was, he was watching Mac Davis sing to Miss Piggy, a classic episode of Muppet’s again.

“Yea, it’s my favorite,” Jake called back from the study. He knew that he needed to get the paper work for work done but this was more entertaining. The Muppet’s were a flash back from his past and always made him smile.

Becca sat down next to him she and planted a kiss on his cheek, “Mind if I watch with you?”

“Nope, I was hoping you would.” He moved his chair a bit so she could move closer. “I could watch these over and over again. They never get old.”

Becca laughed. “I know.”

“When I was little we had a nightly routine,” he started. “After dinner with my family my dad would give me a bath and then we would sit down together with my mom on the couch and watch the Muppet’s every night until 8 and then I’d curl up in bed while my mom would read me a book.”

His voice was soft and reminiscent as he recalled the childhood memory and Becca knew that he was missing his parents a great deal. She took his hand in hers as he spoke.

“I would always procrastinate for as long as I could, asking for one more book but I would always fall asleep before she was done with it.”

Becca moved closer and entwined her arm with his. “Let’s watch this video and then get something to eat.”

Jake sang along softly with the song, “Baby, baby don’t get hooked on me.”

Miss Piggy curled up with Mac as Jake pulled Becca into his arms.

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One Night

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It was a rainy night in Dusseldorf when Jake walked out of the pub. He knew that he had to much to drink already but he was having the time of his life with his college buddies. The night was still young and they moved on to the next place just down the street, this one was more lively then the last and was sure to be entertaining.

The smoke filled room was packed with crowds of young people all drinking large mugs of beer. Laughter could be heard over the voices.. mens and womens mingled together in a melody that was enticing and could brighten any bad mood in moments.

Jake and his friends easily moved towards the bar and ordered their drinks as they scoped out the room.

Brian laughed as he nudged Jake. “What about that one?” He said gesturing to a tall, dark haired girl sitting at the end of the bar with a couple of other girls.

Jake nodded, “Yea, she’s not bad.”

Brian almost snorted beer out of his nose. “Not Bad! Hell… if you don’t go talk to her I will!”

Jake looked at his friend with a raised eye brow. “I’m sure that Jess would love that,” he said referring to Brian’s fiance. He took another drink of his beer and with liquid courage coursing through his veins Jake made his way over to the beautiful brunette across the bar.

Mandi took another drink of her beer as he approached and then greeted him with a smile.

“Hi,” Jake said returning her smile. “I’m Jake.”

“Mandi,” she replied holding her hand out to him.

Jake took her hand in his gently, it was so soft, delicate, and beautifully feminine, and gave it a small shake. “You’re American?” He said noticing her voice and accent when she spoke to him.

“Yes, as are you,” she replied. “I’m here studying for a year before returning to Yale.”

Jake looked impressed. “Nice, what are you studying?” He asked before taking another drink of his beer.

Jake spent the rest of night talking with Mandi and before he knew it he had invited her back to his hotel. They fell into each others arms as soon as they were in the door knowing that it was the alcohol that was allowing them to act on their urges.


The light was streaming through the windows so brightly that Jake had to roll over to keep the light from causing his head from pounding more. As he moved he felt the warm, soft flesh of a person next to him causing his eyes to open quickly.

Fear ran through his body faster than anything ever had as he tried to remember the night before.

She rolled over towards him and opened her eyes slowly. Their eyes met with the same startled look.

Mandi sat up quickly pulling the sheets up to cover her naked body. “What the hell happened last night?”

“I.. I’m not sure,” Jake replied.

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This week’s prompt was a challenge for this opening line; “It was a rainy night in Dusseldorf…”

Well… How did I do? I’m trying to fill in some of the holes in the storyline and this piece ties directly to this one.

Their Song

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Becca had finished packing up the truck before the rain started. With the keys already in the ignition she turned it over but she couldn’t seem to put the truck into gear and pull away from the house. The house that held so many memories, so much love, and hope for the future. Gone…. all gone now.

She finally pulled her eyes away from her house and the past as she drove down the road the followed the coast into the city. The rain started to come down harder causing her to turn the radio up louder so she could hear it and then the song came on. Their song.

Before she knew it she had pulled over into an empty beach parking lot. The melody pulled her deeply into her memories. Memories that she had been trying so hard to bury and push out of her mind.

I’ll be your dream
I’ll be your wish I’ll be your fantasy

The day they met the song was playing in the background at the coffee shop near the beach.

I’ll be your hope I’ll be your love
Be everything that you need

The song played softly in the background the first night she made dinner for him in her tiny apartment.

I’ll love you more with every breath
Truly, madly, deeply do

The song was playing when he asked her to marry him…. fighting against the sound of the surf crashing against the beach.

I will be strong I will be faithful
’cause I’m counting on

The song was playing when they had their first dance together as husband and wife.

A new beginning
A reason for living
A deeper meaning, yeah

Tears streamed down her face as sobs racked her body and her fingers gripped the steering wheel so hard that her knuckles were white as snow. Becca hadn’t let the emotions get to her like they did at that moment, but then again she hadn’t let the memories flow through her like they were right now. The moment she heard the news she walled everything out… every memory & thought that was of him.

The crying was almost cathartic and that there was a weight being lifted off of her. At that moment she knew she’d be alright.

She wiped the tears from her face and listed to the rest of their song, Truly Madly Deeply.

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Show us in 400 words or less how your character reacts to a piece of music.

How did I do? I would love your concrit!

The Perfect Shoes

One of my favorite parts of summer is THE SHOES. So for your prompt this week I’d like you to write about your character (or yourself) and a pair of his or her shoes.

Those shoes can be real or symbolic, they can hurt or be super comfy but I want to see what they say about the life of the person wearing them. It’s a chance to use all those descriptive words I love reading.

She had the dress. She had the jewelry. She had the headpiece, the flowers, the something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. What she didn’t have was the shoes. Shoes… she’d look at damn near a hundred pair and still nothing stuck out as the right ones.

Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Ferragamo, Vivienne Westwood…. She’d looked at those and didn’t like any of them. She went to Payless…the shoe store in the mall, and Macy’s but couldn’t find the perfect pair.

Why? Why was it so difficult to find something stylish, comfortable, and fit her personality? Everything else was perfect except for the shoes. They… were missing.

Until one day Becca was wandering through the city and stumbled upon a small, out of the way shop and something about the quaint window displays beckoned her to come in.

As she walked in the old fashioned bell chimed signaling to the clerk that someone had entered. She started looking around at the unique and odd mix of stuff that was in the store… books, home décor, clothing, jewelry, and shoes. Some new, some vintage but all very beautiful.

A small old woman entered curtained doorway that came from the back of the store. She was adorable, very much like a fairie godmother sort of way. She was short and round with silver gray hair that was curled around her cheery face.

She smiled at Becca and it filled her with warmth. “Is there something I can help you with, my dear?” She asked as she walked towards Becca.

“No,” she said returning her smile. “I’m just looking right now.”

“Ah ha.” The woman said like she knew something. “You’re missing something… looking for something special. Aren’t you?

Becca stopped and looked at her with confusion. “Umm.. no… well, yes. Yes, I am.”

Again the woman smiled at her and moved towards the curtained doorway. “I have exactly what you’re looking for.” And she disappeared into the back.

Becca felt like a giddy schoolgirl and had no idea why. She knew that something special was about to happen and that she had made a smart choice walking into the shop.

Almost as quickly as she went through the curtain the woman returned with two unmarked boxes.

“Sit…sit. My dear,” she said as she motioned towards a large, upholstered chair against the far wall. Becca did as she was asked and the woman came close and sat the boxes down on the table near.

“Here,” she said handing her the first box. “I think this is exactly what you want.”

Hesitantly, Becca took the box from the woman and set it on her lap. Slowly she opened it to see what was inside. Shoes. The most perfect, beautiful shoes she’d ever seen. Shoes the color of the water. They were the shoes.

The shoes were a smooth & shiny patent leather with a stacked heel that wasn’t too high but wasn’t to low either and a buckle at the peep toe. Perfect to show off her new pedicure. Perfect as a stunning addition to her dress.

“How?” She stammered looking at the woman. “How did you know?”

A warm smile again. “Ah… I always know.”

Peering down into the box Becca wondered if they’d fit and gently she lifted one out and it easily slipped onto her foot as if they were made just for her. In no time she had the both on and was admiring them with her legs stretched out in front of her. Perfect, she thought, absolutely perfect!

“Aren’t you going to check the other box, my dear?” The woman asked her.

As if coming out of a dream Becca looked at the other box. “Oh, yes. But I think these are the ones.” She opened the box and looked inside and there was another pair of shoes. This time they were a snowy, white satin gathered at the toe with a pretty organza flower. Again they were perfect.

“You’re feet may get tired of being in heels all day,” the woman explained. “These are as comfortable as walking on a cloud.”

And they were. Becca was overjoyed and couldn’t believe her luck.

She put her old shoes back on and moved towards the counter with the boxes. “How can I ever thank you?” She asked.

“Be happy. Love your husband. Cherish the time you have together.”

Becca walked out the door having paid very little for her wedding shoes but couldn’t have been happier no matter what the cost.


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The Letter

You or your character find a forgotten letter or card from someone important in your life–whether good or bad. What does it say? How does it affect you or your character? What is done with it?

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Becca had finally brought the last box into her new apartment and fell into the couch with a sigh.

She looked around at her new home and the four walls seemed a lot closer and emptier than the house she left recently. The windows overlooked the vast city where she decided to settle… far from the water. Far from the memories.

It was a new start and exactly what she needed. Looking over at the last couple of boxes she decided that she may as well unpack them before exhaustion set in.

The boxes were small and wouldn’t take much time at all. The first one was full of some silly knick knacks that she had started collecting when she was a little girl, but they were all special reminders of the places she’d visited with her grandparents and couldn’t stand to let them go.

By the time she got half way through the second box she had finished her first glass of wine and was about to grab another until she saw the envelope with her name on it.

She knew the handwriting immediately and her heart fluttered slightly as she picked up the sealed envelope. She was confused and curious since she had never seen it before and wasn’t sure how it got in the box.

She held it for a several long moments before opening it slowly. It was Jake’s writing and it looked like he had written some, erased, and then wrote some more several times throughout the letter as she glanced over it.

She finally read it.


I’ve gone over this in my head time and time again and I’ve wanted to tell you so many times but the time was never right or I was to scared.
I wish that it never happened but at the same time I’m happy.
I wish that it were you.
I wish that I could take back the mistake I made.
I wish that stop the hurt that you will feel.
I wish that you will find it in your heart to forgive me.
This isn’t how I planned to tell you. Actually, this letter is like a practice round before I actually tell you.
I have a son and he is 2 years old.

Becca put the letter down. She could barely breath but picked it back up to finish.

I made a mistake and had an affair and out of that brief encounter he came. I’m sorry. I don’t know what else I can say. He’s beautiful and looks like me. Please forgive me and know that you hold my heart.


She dropped the letter in her lap not know what to think or what to do. She was confused… she just found out that her late husband had an affair with another woman and a child.

The tears threatened to fall but didn’t. The shock was to strong as thoughts flew through her mind… all the times he seemed to have something to say… the times he was late coming home from work… the weekends he had to work….. the look on his face when they talked of starting their own family.

The tears fell slowly leaving spots on the letter.

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