WEEK 26: Maybe

Prompted by: Princess Jane


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“I love you, Tom.”

I can’t say it back.

Not because I don’t love her. Not because it isn’t true. But because…

It’s too damn true. I love her too much. Far too much.

It’s overwhelming.

And right now, I can’t afford to fall apart. I need to keep my head on straight.

So, instead, I ask, “Are you going back to sleep?”

My voice is slightly strained. If she notices, it doesn’t show.

“Nope,” she replies, giving me a quick peck on the cheek before hopping out of bed. “I’m gonna brew us a pot of happiness while you put yourself back together again.”

I know she’s only teasing me.

She just doesn’t realize how right she is.

I do need to put myself back together.


I don’t even bother physically.

I don’t even bother with my other leg.

I don’t even bother caring.

It doesn’t matter this morning. Only one thing matters. And it sure as hell ain’t what I look like.

Taking a deep breath, I slowly rise with the crack of dawn and follow her into the kitchen.

She’s standing at the coffee maker in nothing but my discarded t-shirt from last night.

Looking perfect.

Absolutely, breathtakingly, excruciatingly perfect.

I come up behind her and lean down to wrap an arm tight around her waist. The forearm crutch slides toward my elbow as my hips pin her securely against the granite edge. Reaching around with my other hand, I place my heart down on the countertop…

And wait.


I wait.

At long last, she whispers, “Tom.”


Now her voice is trembling, “Are you proposing?”

“Maybe,” I murmur, burying my face into her hair. “Are you saying yes?”

She’s breathless, “Maybe.”

I’m breathless too, “I love you, kiddo.”



What’s the prompt for next week, guys? 

Make suggestions below. 7 words or less.

19 thoughts on “WEEK 26: Maybe

  1. Love it, Mistress Ann, but I wanted to know her name!!!!! If I could put the crying teddy picture here too then I would!!

    Prompt suggestion . . .
    “Yay, its pink!”

      1. Haha, you deserve the pink prompt after not telling me her name when you know I wanna know!!

        And thank you for picking my prompt for this week!! So exciting!!

          1. So you’re gonna pick mine again next week, right?! So we can have a wonderful flash fiction all about the best colour ever!!

  2. Yes! A happy ending:) My heart is fluttering with so much happiness right now! *smiles widely*

    It’s chilly in here.
    Oh no!
    Are you kidding me?

  3. Aww so cute. And love the “I place my heart down on the countertop…” line. Amazing.

    Prompts —
    I can’t believe you!
    It’s beautiful! You’re beautiful.
    I can’t —

  4. Prompts

    1. it never occurred to him
    2. in a rush
    3. if you ask nicely
    4. everyone knew but me
    5. all I could see
    6. but it did
    7. not exactly
    8. was it my turn?
    9. my last thought
    10. especially him
    11. I had enough sense
    12. it was worth it
    13. the words wouldn’t come
    14. not like this
    15. there was no time
    16. let me finish
    17. how could I have known
    18. by all means
    19. then don’t
    20. always

    1. *speechless*
      *still speechless*

      Wow, Miss Tara. That is the longest list of supremely awesome prompts I’ve ever seen in my life…

      *smiles wide*
      *does happy dance*

      Thank you so, so, soooo much!!! 😘😘😘

  5. LOVED IT!!! Ok so I was thinking super hard. So hard that I might have permanent brain damage. LOL
    1. Crazy is as crazy does!
    2. I’ve slept since then.

    LOL those are just two crazy sayings that I say frequently.

    1. Brain damage. Hmm. Is that what it is? I’ve always called it creative license 😉

      Sooo happy you dug it, Miss Ember! And thank you sooo much for the slightly impaired, totally awesome suggestions!!!


      1. HA! Tomato Tomoto I guess LOL! No worries! I had never done this before. It was fun! Will probably continue to do it from now on!

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