A Dark and Stormy Man

Mabel knew she’d found a winner when she met Shane -tall, dark, handsome. He came into her life on a dark and stormy night. Unfortunately, she’d mistaken his kid glove-approach as a gentleness that didn’t exist.

No, Mabel sighed as she looked out into the storm, there was no more Shane. Her tears matched those streaming down the windowpane.

“‘Scuse me, ma’am,” a deep voice said. Mabel glanced up through wet eyelashes to see a burly man in a plaid shirt. “I couldn’t help but notice you weren’t too happy.”

The man sat. “Could I buy you a coffee?”

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©2020 Chel Owens

Written after reading Carrot Ranch‘s prompt this week: kid gloves

October 8, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes kid gloves. A prop in the hands of a character should further the story. Why the gloves? Who is that in the photo, and did he steal Kids’ gloves (of the Kid and Pal duo)? Consider different uses of the phrase, too. Go where the prompt leads!

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28 thoughts on “A Dark and Stormy Man

  1. Frank Hubeny October 12, 2020 / 7:06 am

    Nice title and use of familiar phrases like “tall, dark and handsome”.

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    • Chel Owens October 12, 2020 / 7:08 am

      Thanks, Frank! I meant to keep clichéing, but the story turned serious on me. 🙂

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  2. RuthScribbles October 12, 2020 / 10:50 am

    Did she drown him and then fall into the trap of another supposed kind man?

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  3. Charli Mills October 12, 2020 / 2:56 pm

    End of one romance, perhaps the start of another. Or maybe she says, “No, thanks.”

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    • Chel Owens October 12, 2020 / 3:53 pm

      Let’s hope they’re both good judges of character.


  4. Jules October 12, 2020 / 3:56 pm

    Words in writers hands don’t always obey. I think the story went in a very good direction – at least (I hope) for Mabel.

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  5. petespringerauthor October 12, 2020 / 5:52 pm

    Nice work, Chel! I especially like the image of comparing the woman’s tears to the rain rolling down the windows.

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  6. D. Avery @shiftnshake October 12, 2020 / 6:23 pm

    The calm after the storm, the silver lining, the May flowers to April showers?
    Fun take on the prompt.

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    • Chel Owens October 12, 2020 / 8:21 pm

      Ah, man. I could’ve used those. It got too serious to keep going, though.


  7. Liz H October 12, 2020 / 9:34 pm

    I love happy endings. This flash has that feel!

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    • Chel Owens October 13, 2020 / 12:44 pm

      Yes! You win for best poetic comment so far…


  8. lensdailydiary October 13, 2020 / 11:52 am

    I think there’s only one Shane, Alan Ladd in the movie of the same name. It would have been a different story if Mabel had met him………….but he would have still have rode into the sunset anyway.

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    • Chel Owens October 13, 2020 / 12:46 pm

      You’re right. Let’s hope this new guy sticks around.


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