Posted by: Author | July 18, 2022

Tuesday Tales- July 19, 2022- Picture Prompt

This week is picture prompt week for Tuesday Tales. I am still in my Regency set story. Snippets are limited to 300 words this week.

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Jane did not sleep well. She was dream- chased by Johnny throughout the night and kept waking up startled when he grabbed her. She finally decided to get out of bed and sit in the chair. She pulled it over to the window, wrapped herself in the old patchwork quilt she had taken from her parents’ home and stared out at the still dark sky.

As she fretted over what to do about Johnny since it was clear he was not going to ever leave her alone until he got what he wanted, she made the second hardest decision of her life. In order to protect herself, she would leave London.

Tears rolled down her face. She had already fled one terrible situation and made this new life here—such as it was. She did not believe it was a great life, but it was hers and she had been free of danger for a while. Almost getting used to being able to sleep at night with no fear other than the fears of living alone, she hated to think about leaving yet again.

Where to go? She snuggled deeper into the warmth of the quilt. This was not something she planned to do and it broke her heart to think of making her way to another town with a harbor. She could not risk taking a job as a governess which was all she was really qualified to do. It was why she ended up being a barmaid in the first place. It would not do to be found and returned to her rightful place in the world.

When her mind went to all she had lost, she sobbed and the tears flowed harder.


Responses

  1. Poor thing. I hope she finds a solution and a way to stay safe. Great scene.

    • Thanks Susanne!

  2. I love the mystery of her life and can’t wait to find out what she is running from. Great job here to tease us with it. Oh, and I detest dream chases, too!

    • Thanks Flossie.  I hate dream chases, too.  they’re so exhausting.  LOL

  3. Wonderful scene!

  4. Oh, the poor thing. What a dilemma she has. I love how you worked the quilt into the story. PERFECT!

    • Thanks TrishaFaye. It was a perfect spot to slot that in.

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  5. I’m curious about her past life. And I’m afraid for her leaving London. I love being sucked into this story. Great job!

    • Thanks Tricia. It’s slow going, but eventually, I’ll get her straightened out. Lol

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  6. Hah! Faked out the Internet. When I went to your new TT post, I scrolled back so I could read and comment on your picture prompt one. This is a moving story. No one likes to start over. The familiar becomes comfortable. I feel for her and hope she can find a good new place.

    • YAY for outsmarting the internet.  We all need to do that once in a while.  LOL!   Glad you are liking her story. Starting over isn’t easy for sure. 


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