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Love’s solstice

June 20, 2021

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s challenge.

June 18, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features a solstice. What is the era and setting? Use the solstice as a celebration, metaphor, or talking point. Go where the prompt leads!

Love’s solstice

The body knows when we’re in love. Hands, like magnets, pull and accidentally touch. Shoulders brush when preparing a meal or sitting on the couch. Bodies pass closer when walking through a narrow hallway.

A smile that last longer than necessary because the mouth and lips, they feel and know.

Love guides not just our hearts and souls, but our bodies.

I’m not sure when our smiles started to fade or when our hands decided to go back to holding things instead of each other.

Or when we stopped talking.

It happened while neither one of us were watching.


I wanted to try and write something that didn’t take ‘solstice’ literally. So like days get longer and then shorter, I thought about a love that grows and then fades. I don’t know if it makes sense or not.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 20, 2021 3:12 pm

    Beautifully written. That last line….

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  2. June 21, 2021 8:18 am

    Yeah, THAT song. Nice video of Paul.
    Very melancholic, Michael!

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  3. June 21, 2021 5:47 pm

    Makes perfect sense in relation to a solstice. I liked how you used the prompt and actually felt the connection through the line where their smiles lasted longer than necessary. Nice work Michael. Such a sad tale, seen too often, written beautifully.

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  4. June 21, 2021 8:12 pm

    Yeah, I saw what you did there. It works and a cool take on the prompt.

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  5. June 24, 2021 12:06 am

    Unwinding love, a subtle thing. That last line. Well done, Michael.

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  6. June 24, 2021 12:51 am

    Devilishly clever and masterfully articulated, Michael.

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