100-Word Challenge: Flirting with Temptation

Week 47’s 100-Word Challenge for Grown-Ups is a picture challenge, of the Teapot Dome Service Station in Zillah, Washington:

Julia says: All you have to do is produce a creative piece of 100 words in length from the emotions / thoughts that this image stir in you.

My head is likely not in the same place as most people’s on this one, but I’ve just begun the process of producing a documentary, so my mind is on editing and video a lot, lately. The following is what I came up with (names have been changed to protect the “innocent”):

“Flirting with Temptation”

Raw footage review is a thankless task. But an editor’s job, as they say, is never done. So he sits in this cramped room the same as he’s done for the last week straight, poring over seemingly endless reels of kitschy novelty attractions, while the world goes on outside the door.

Sitting beside him, equally tired and equally antsy, Emma asks when was the last time he saw his wife.

“When was the last time you saw your husband?” he replies with a snicker.

She doesn’t laugh, though.

“Let’s not talk about that,” she says, just before she kisses him.


Don’t ask me why I went there….


18 thoughts on “100-Word Challenge: Flirting with Temptation

    • Thanks, Sally. 🙂
      Even though I just took a glimpse at these two, here, they’ve been rattling around in my head for a while, now. Maybe I’ll go back to them at some point!


    • Thank you, Louise. I’m quite glad that people have responded well to this one…and that I didn’t shoot myself in the foot with the interpretation! 😀


    • Thank you, Kate.
      I’m quite glad Julia gave us the freedom to write about the feelings the picture evoked. I’m not sure I could have come up with something original, directly related to the photo, such as you were able to do. 🙂


      • I just returned from a family vacation of sorts and was under the gun to complete it for Beth by this AM–anyway I read the prompt too fast and totally missed the fact she’d encouraged us to write about the feelings the picture evoked in us. I think if I’d read it more carefully I would have written something different.


  1. I love the fact that you didn’t go for fairy-tales. It’s good to see some more unsual takes on the prompt. I like these two characters – think there is so much you could do with them. Hope to see them make a reappearance.


    • Thanks, Sally-Jayne. 🙂

      I’d like to revisit these two, as well. There’s a lot of emotional turmoil, there, though, that I’m not certain I’m quite ready to put down on paper, yet. Glad you enjoyed it!


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