This week in Tuesday Tales, the snippet comes from Woman to Woman. This story is a woman-to-woman romance, so scenes will be of a F/F nature. If this offends you, feel free to move onto to another Tuesday Tales snippet.
In Tuesday Tales, a group of authors write to a word or picture prompt each week. This week we’re writing to the prompt ‘salt.’
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“Are you going to be on the computer much longer?”
“Just a bit. I need to look up some plant information for work. There’s so many new plants here that I don’t know how to care for.”
Dave kicked his shoes off and pulled his feet up on the couch. “I’m going to stretch out here then while you’re on the computer.” He leaned back against the arm of the couch and closed his eyes.
Paige settled down, but instead of looking up Mimosa, Sage, and Ocotillo, she looked up Rose, Violet, and Fern – but of a fleshier variety, with lots of cleavage and no flowers.
This was definitely more thrilling than looking at plant pictures. Emotions stirred deep within. Her heart rate increased, and she became flushed. It was a good thing Dave dozed. He’d definitely know something was up.
Switching the computer to the other side of the table was one of her better ideas. It would be several months before she realized her error in this decision.
Paige powered down the laptop. Nothing more for tonight. Back to the typical evening routine. One television show, followed by another on, and then, more.
She stood up and headed back towards the bedroom side of the RV. “I’m heading to bed. I can’t take any more television tonight.”
Years later Paige would run across a segment in a book she was reading and would reflect back on these days. In her future, she would read the following passage in Moving On, a book by Sarah Ban Breathnack. The author reported about a passage by Rosemary Sullivan in Labyrinth of Desire:
“And life, to be lived fully, demands desire,” Rosemary tells us. “Falling in love in this way will usually occur at a time of transition. We may not be conscious of it, but something had ended and something new must begin. Romantic obsession is a cataclysm breaking up the empty landscape.”
Immediately after this quote, Sarah muses, “Perhaps when we fall in love at a glance, the question we really should be asking ourselves is what is it that I’m longing for? Or what is so lacking in my life that I need something different to shift the direction in which I’m going?”
Five years later, when she would finally read those words, it would make perfect sense. But during this current tumultuous period of shifting desires and transitions, Paige did not understand it.
If she’d never made the move to Arizona, cutting loose from all ties, routines, and traditions, she may not have looked down another path. She might have remained on her current path till the end of her life. But the steps had already happened. The terrain had already changed. She could have stopped the new journey then. By the time she read the passages above, it was too late, and she wouldn’t change a single step in this new journey.
However…if she only knew the salty tears that would be shed during this transition time…
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