I love Professor SAM. In part because we talk about things outside of class like tattoo designs. I love her, and not just in an effort to snag a 4.0 for the semester. I love Professor SAM, and would invite you all to play along with her thought-provoking Master Class prompt. Think writing 100 words or so about a picture is challenging? Try making someone else’s words your own, without a hiccup in your story, and see if you’re not hooked almost immediately!
That said, here’s this week’s Master Class 2013 and Friday Fictioneers mash-up.
And no, I’ve no earthly idea how it was that these two prompts seemed like such a natural fit to me…
Such big, beautiful eyes!
Such a full body!
Such sweet sin awaiting, should she take notice of me.
Mmmm, the way those wings shimmer…
I make my way over.
Cautiously, as not to frighten, “Ummm, hello…?”
A question or a statement? Don’t be a fool – make your play, man!
Too much. Still, she smiles while looking over.
I sense the stirrings, faint but unmistakable, of an afternoon delight.
Slowly she swivels closer.
Close enough to realize that I’m not “like” her. No, not enough.
Watching her hurriedly fly off, my pride’s stung as I wonder – when will this ridiculous belief that bee can’t hive with wasp ever be squashed?
This week’s sentence prompt came from page 55 of the 5th book in on my shelf (it’s a church pew actually), 5th line down: Jean Shepherd’s “A Christmas Story.” And while not exactly in keeping with the motif of the remainder of the post, I’m ending today with the song below, partially because I couldn’t find “Waspy” by The Bolshoi, and partially because – quite honestly – when will I ever even come this close to having a tie-in for it again?
ah the sting of rejection…it aches.
But the descriptions were perfect, I loved how the man saw her, how he anticipated her, it was sexy and sweet at the same time.
maybe he should say Hello again.
Maybe he will – he seems the type to not give up to easily… thanks Kir =)
Very sexy story. I like it :)
Wow – thank you! Would you believe that I never saw this piece in that light?
Not so much innocent (definitively NO!), as simply unobservant me thinks… =)
Sexy and don’t even know it.
You work out? lol
Hahaha! Not even a bit! But I eat like a bird, so I suppose it’s all good =)
Apparently there’s no delight in his afternoon. Poor lonesome guy. Perhaps be needs to watch the delightfully crazy Bubbleman video to cheer up!
None whatsoever, and perhaps he will! Glad you liked it Jan =)
“Not fair,” he said waspishly!
What might have been for wasp and bee if nature saw things differently. We both expressed missed opportunity this week, Troy. Funny, too that the underlying message was similar to another post of mine about differences….or am I reading this all wrong? Either way, I liked the build up (and sad let down) very much.
That we did Honie, that we did! And I would love to receive the link to the other post you mentioned, as you didn’t read this wrong at all – there was a theme of differences here as well – and how some embrace or see through them, while others shun and/or fear them.
Here’s the link http://honiebriggs.com/2013/07/29/the-pigment-of-your-epidermis-is-irrelevant/
Oh this was a whole lot of fun and totally beelievable?
Oh no, you dit-int! Thanks for liking, and for the chuckle, Linda!
“Such sweet sin awaiting…” and why not? Too bad for the crushing rejection. Wonderfully executed.
Thank you Tess, and I think that this one might not kill him just yet!
I ditto everyone’s comments above!!! Randy
Thanks Randy! You’re a mighty fine dittoer, by the by =)
You have successfully made me blush and that’s hard to do!! And not over the story either. I liked it. The subtlety with which you weave a twist that leaves me gasping every single week will keep you at the head of the class.
And, about those tattoos…
Yay, blush! Yay, head of class!
And seriously, let me know if you’d ever like me to sketch you out something.
I’m pretty sure I will take you up on that sometime soon. Thank you!
Lovely turn around there. I was fooled completely. Well done.
Glad to hear it worked Sandra – thanks!
sweet, sexy. felt sorry for him though :) a totally great twist
Another vote for sexy – awesome! Thank you so much kz, I’m glad you enjoyed the ride once again =]
Great writing, Troy. This deserves an A+
Wouldn’t a B+ be more appropriate this time ’round Russell?
If they ever overcome the species barrier, would their offspring have two stingers? A fearful thought. By the way, most successful blending of the two prompts–really worked.
Thank you so much – that really means a lot!
And yes, I believe they would have (2) stingers each. And twice as fast. I suppose it’s best if we don’t push them to hard to hook up then, yes?
Well done with all the “bee” references, darling.
Much thanks Helena, I was trying to keep them somewhat subliminal, as I fear I have a tendency to be much more “Ethel Merman” in my writing style, all while hoping to be more “Marilyn Monroe,” you know?
Ah dawling, this is a more reasonable approach to the conversation about the birds and the bees. Everyone knows that wasps don’t stand a chance of mingling with the fuzzlier bumbles of their time. What Ms. Bee ought to have mentioned is that there would be no harm sitting a stingers distance away and talking it over though. ;-)
Hah, it was fun Troy!
Well that’s a rum go for us wasps then, eh? Ms. Bee doesn’t know what she’s missing! Thank you dear =)
Now this is a nice twist to the photo. Much nicer than mine. Poor Mr. Wasp though. Hope he keeps trying. :-)
Jackie – your twist was brilliant! Your twist was Serlingian! Your’s was far superior to mine in it’s subtlety – again – for reals!
Aww thanks again Troy. :-)
Some relationships were just not meant to be. Your story put me in mind of this touching love song from the Smothers brothers. For your listening pleasure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdRMHN2phkA Enjoy! As I enjoyed your story.
Ah Rochelle, The Smothers brings me back to my youth – sitting in front of the slide-door stereo fixture in the living room, imagining the story instead of merely watching it. Thank you so much for the reminder!
Any time, Troy. Put me in mind of my youth, too. ;)
The wasp couldn’t close the deal, too bad. I tried to watch the Bumbemen, but I could only listen to about six seconds before I though i might lose what mind I have left.
It is an acquired taste Joe (both the bubble men and wasp love), but in regards to the first, it might help to know that it was actually Love & Rockets in disguise – and they might be much more to your liking… =)
I actually feel ready to watch wasp/bee pornography after that! I’m frustrated for the little guy though; think I can take him out for drinks? Very nicely crafted piece!
Perry, wasp porn sounds singularly obscene – and I have no doubt in feeling as you most likely know where to find some… =)
Ahhh Troy you were saved…For in the long run, a sting is far better than a bite! Remember, “all that ‘shimmer’ is not gold”!
Touche Lotta! Touche!
Nice take on the prompt.
Much thanks Doug =)
He just needs to work on his pick-up lines.
What? Are you implying that “HELLO!!!” no longer works???
I liked your sweet sexy story, then just when I thought there was going to be honey ever after…it was not to be or to wasp either…
Thank you Dee – and hey, they can’t all be happy endings, right?
You really did a great job combining the two prompts. =) Well done!
Much thanks my dear – I am always so happy when you like my posts =)
Perhaps one of the most tragic tales. In time things may evolve in the insect world, but probably not soon enough for this fella! :-)
It would be nice to think that, but based on how slowly even the humans are evolving in these regards, I’ve little hope… =)
I’m always intrigued when people combine prompts – it works so rarely for me! Sorry, still getting through last week’s stories…
I gotta tell you, don’t attempt it, unless the (2) are natural fits – it’s sooooo easy to botch them both by botching one. Good luck, and have fun!
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