Here is Marianne Gustavson Madson’s response to the writing prompt. Due to similar technical difficulties to Katy, I’ve posted it onto my blog so it can be shared, and I think it is amazing, and I want to know what happens next.
It was the summer of 1974 when Mr. Suave strolled into the popular Hollywood Restaurant’s bar where I sat at a darkened corner table. My head had been bent over my journal as my hand scribbled but the paper suddenly wafted as if struck by a breeze.
My eyes lifted to the sight of a very attractive man whom I immediately named ‘Mr. Suave’. He leaned causally against a bar stool and faced the bartender as if they knew each other.
“Welcome back, the usual?” The bartender said with a smile as he reached where the expensive liquor was stored.
Mr. Suave nodded yes as he gracefully eased onto a bar stool.
My eyes secretly admired Mr. Suave in his expensive black suit which he wore comfortably as if he were in an old shirt and jeans. His body looked agile and lean and he was tall and graceful yet very masculine, I thought as I drank him in.
As if he felt my gaze upon him, he casually looked over his shoulder … at me. His dark chocolate bangs hid one eye while the other checked me out. I blushed from being caught and half lowered my eyes so I could still see him through my lashes. He gave me a lazy smile as he shook his glass in greeting.
I didn’t answer but instead bit my lip as my pen hovered and then froze midair when I saw the chair across from me move.
“Mind if I join you?”
I looked up into a handsome face that made my eyes fully dilate, he looked like a young Cary Grant.
“What are you writing?” He didn’t wait for my answer as he went ahead and sat across from me.
“Just stuff, thoughts.” I said as my eyes met his. “Let me see,” his right hand reached for my journal but stopped …when I said.
“You have pianist hands.
” He looked at me and then at his hands. “I am a pianist, a composer.”
“I knew it, may I?” I asked to hold his hands. He let them rest in my mine as I studied his. I explained with envy in my voice, “you have the right length, that extra tip to play Chopin.”
He laughed, “I can and do, and I know what you mean.”
“What did I say that made you laugh?” “It wasn’t what you said, it’s like the saying, don’t judge a book by its cover.”
“So you’re saying I look like a dull book?”
“No, yes, I mean, it’s Hollywood and you look normal to be sitting in a bar.”
“I’m sitting in a dark corner,” I said as if that held weight.
He gave me a long look as he held his glass in front of his lips, he suddenly took a sip and then said. “I want you to hear a piece I’m writing, come back to my place with me.”
I rolled my eyes at him, “I don’t know, I’ve heard tortuous killers can also be good-looking.”
“Harve, please assure the lady she’ll be safe with me.” Mr. Suave called out to the bartender without turning around.
“He’s good,” Harve assured with two thumbs up