Wednesday, February 17, 2021

WEP & The Kiss

Update!


Woohoo!! Congrats to the other winners and to all the entries - another challenge full of brilliant writing!

I'm thrilled Reg & Jenny touched hearts of so many - thank you!!


Sin and Sunshine 

His Jenny’s lips had always been what she called fully dressed.


It had been the first thing he’d noticed about her. Those full lips had been the stuff of Reg’s fantasies for years. Decades.


She’d been wearing Crimson Poppy when they’d met at the Legion dance so long ago.


Peach Perfection on their first official date the very next weekend.


Petal the night he’d proposed.


Ruby Delight on their wedding day.


He’d kissed them all off of her until her lips were bare and she’d laughed and dressed them again.


Which had always meant Reg was kissing her again.


A man would have to be a saint to not kiss those lips when they were in kissing distance. And, as Jenny often told him with a smile, Reg was no saint.


Not when his Jenny was full of sin and sunshine.


What would her lips wear today? Passion Pink or Desert Nights? Ripeness or Luscious?


So many choices.


Colours, shades, shine, texture. He’d become a connoisseur and had his own favourites.


Crimson Poppy. Just like that first dance.


Yes, it was fitting.


First love.


First kiss.


Last love.


Last kiss.


Reg packed Crimson Poppy with the clothes Jenny had chosen last week. Then he sucked in a deep breath and held it until his emotions were under control.


His Jenny would go into the eternal with her lips fully dressed.

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Photo of the prompt for the Kiss - a painting in gold showing two lovers kissing

The above story is part of the WEP Challenge. The prompt is The Kiss and the photo above.

Click on the link to access the other stories. There is always a ton of talent in the WEP challenge and the variety of takes on the prompt means it is always worth your time to read! It's even more fun when you join in!


54 comments:

  1. Oh Jemi.
    Sentimental tears here. And applause.

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  2. I loved the playful vibe at the beginning and wasn't expecting the punch to the gut at the end. You captured their romance beautifully. Great job.

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    1. Thanks Anstice - these two needed their story told :)

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  3. A wonderful tribute to love eternal. Nicely done, Jemi.

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  4. Unexpected but so beautiful. You've captured their love beautifully!

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  5. So sweet! I love to read about a person's unique desires. There is something about a man who loves lipstick colors that is so endearing. A happy memory for a sad ending.

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    1. Thanks, Steph! Those happy memories do sustain. us!

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  6. Oh. Oh. Oh. You're so cruel to us Jemi. Love the use of lipstick shades which gave me an inkling of where you were going with your story.

    Clever use of the prompt. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks, Denise! The hints are always fun to put in :)

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  7. You capture the reader so well. I can see those lips. I'm glad they shared a life time of kisses. Well written.
    Nancy

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! Shared lifetimes are the best :)

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  8. Lipstick shades as a device to mark a lifetime of memories - so clever! A charming yet poignant flash and a lovely take on the prompt.

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  9. Fascinating. Romantic. Colorful. Enjoyed.

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  10. Hi Jemi - fascinating take on the prompt ... particularly bringing in the lipstick shades. Scary tale - but an enjoyable read. Thank you - Hilary

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  11. What a sweet story! I really liked it.

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  12. Can‘t get past the idea of „fully dressed“ lips! Love it. Great take. Suspenseful and compact.

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  13. An interesting take on the prompt. She must have had quite a make-up kit.

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  14. Loved the "fully dressed" lips. Juicy and temping and worthy of an eternity of kisses. Great job, Jemi.

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  15. Oh, how sad, but how beautiful also. Lovely idea for the prompt. Well done!

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  16. This one hit me hard. I love the way you explored their relationship through the lipsticks she wore and the kisses that followed. That ending packed a punch. Wonderfully written!

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    1. Thanks Rebecca - it was an 'achy' one to put together!

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  18. That was devastating at the end. But beautiful too. A picture of true love.

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    1. Thanks Nick - a lifetime of love is what we aim for!

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  19. Wow! so simple and sad, yet lovely. wasn't expecting that end. Nicely done.

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    1. Thanks, Toi. It still gets me when I think of Reg :)

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  20. This was so moving Jemi. How you played with our emotions. I was at first carried away by the first meeting, first date, first kiss and was moved to tears by the last line.

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    1. Oh, thanks, Kalpana! Poor Reg - but that lifetime of love will sustain him!

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  21. A bittersweet story, almost poetic. Jenny and Reg sound like they were the perfect match.
    Sorry to be so late in commenting. I'm still making the rounds.

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    1. Thank you! Life is so crazy right now, it's hard to keep up, isn't it?

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  22. Hi Jemi,
    Congratulations! I really like your story. It made me feel good to see you venture out into something that no one expected.
    Great Job.
    Shalom aleichem

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    1. Thanks so much, Pat! It was a bit of a heart-hurt to write, but those are often the ones we need to write.

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  23. Hi Jemi - congratulations ... so pleased for you - I'll never look at lipstick colours again without drafting a story of sorts! Congratulations on the 'heart-hurt' story - always difficult ... all the best - Hilary

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    1. Thanks, Hilary! The names have always made me smile - and I don't even own lipstick!!

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  24. Awww Jemi, that deeply touched me. No wonder your romance sagas do so well! Congratulations!
    -Sonia from https://soniadogra.com

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  25. Congrats on your prize. So deserving. Wonderful story.

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    1. Thanks so much, Toi! Your words mean a lot :)

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  26. Gorgeous ending. Simply gorgeous.

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