hope + stay + prickle

there's a thorn on the rose you left in a vase. it's as sharp as it looks.   jabbed my finger on the prickle trimming the stem. new water, and done.   there's a card i have yet to read. maybe later - i hope you will stay.

pink + shell + edible

delicate pink shells are scattered across the sand - shatter in one step.   condensation beads on the glass bottle as the sun beats down on us.   wind whips sand up as greedy-eyed birds appear. (food's less edible).

amused + capers + irate

seventeen chapters through, and the doorbell goes off: almost irate now.   tall stack of books by the bed keep you amused at any time of day.   various capers run through the pages, until the book is closed; done.

please + tease + detonate

if you please, she says. coy. she ruffles her hair and flutters her eyelids.   don't tease, she scolds. stern. she twists around, angles her body just so, and scowls.   she tenses, her whole body stiff with annoyance. anger; detonates.

chagrin + joy + prudent

to my chagrin there's an old email waiting for me, dating back years.   prudent to wait, i think. after this long, it can only end with joy.   write back a reply, slow: edit and reshape then hover over send.

centre + secret + burn

bury a secret in the centre of the garden - plant a tree on top.   burn a candle each night, use the wick to spark flames in the new fireplace.   cut wood from the tree, burn it and start to unmask the garden's secret.

flow + tear + oversight

paper spills from the printer, drawn in, flipped over and redone.   more paper flows, snags and jams - tears when trying to yank the pages back out.   oversight: paper trays don't make good hiding spots for untold secrets.