Monday, February 14, 2011
Writing Prompt #1 - Valentine
Here we go...
Your character pulls onto the street their valentine lives on, bouquet of flowers and card sitting on the passenger seat...
Joshua brings the car to a stop on the curb, three houses down from Brittany's home. He turns the engine and the headlights off and grabs the flowers and card from the seat. Checking his watch to make sure it's eleven, he then leaves the vehicle and slowly walks toward Brittany's house.
No lights on in the one story brick home. Joshua tiptoes across the lawn, hoping the sprinklers aren't set to go off this late at night. He reaches the window to Brittany's bedroom and slowly taps on it with his fingernail. A dog barks down the street a ways. He hopes and prays Brittany's father isn't home. The man's job as security guard at the local mall ensures him late night hours with his work.
The curtain is drawn and the window slides open. Brittany was sleeping, her tired eyes blinking rapidly. She rubs the slumber from them and yawns. Joshua hands her the flowers and the card. She smiles warmly, scratching an itch in her side.
"Are you ready to go?" he asks her, glancing behind him to make sure her dad doesn't pull up.
She nods. "I packed before I fell asleep."
"Don't forget your jacket. The California beach is hours away and we'll be driving through some pretty cold parts."
She nods again, sliding her jacket over her white t-shirt and black sweats. She grabs the duffel bag she had prepared under the windowsill and crawls out the window, shutting it behind her.
Joshua feels his heart race. If her parents found out they were running away together, there was no way he'd be allowed to see her again.
Before she starts across the lawn in her big pink fuzzy slippers, Joshua takes Brittany in his arms and kisses her. "Happy Valentine's day."
She grins. "I love you."