Page & Line Challenge — Going Dark

Teresa Grabs has issued her first Page & Line Challenge since returning to WordPress. For this challenge, Teresa asks us to “grab the book you’re reading or a random book off your shelf and turn to page 182 (or location if you’re using an ebook). Scroll down to line 16 and write a story using that line somewhere in it. Be sure to share the original line along with the book and author.” I love this challenge, so I have to play along.

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The book I chose is an ebook in my iPhone’s Kindle library, Going Dark, by none other than fellow blogger Paula Light. I went to location 182, scrolled down to line 16, and this is the line I found: “You knew just where to touch me.” Oh Paula, you’re making me blush!

Okay, then. Here’s my tale built around that line.

“It’s beautiful,” she said, looking at the canvas on which he had completed painting her portrait. “You captured all of the details perfectly.”

“Thank you,” he said, as he put his arm around her waist and pulled her toward him. “It’s funny, Diane, but when your husband commissioned me to paint this portrait of you, I figured you were going to be another snooty rich bitch. Instead, you turned out to be a warm, genuine, down to earth woman and I’ve fallen for you big time.” He bent, pulled her even closer, and kissed her passionately.

She broke off the kiss and pushed him away. “Oh Peter, you’re such good sport,” she said. “And I have to admit, you knew just where to touch me. But now that you’ve completed this work of art, I’m going to do you a big favor. I’m going to let you off the hook.”

“Diane, what are you saying? Can’t you see that I love you?” Peter said. “And I know you love me, too.”

“Peter, don’t be silly,” Diane said. “My husband is extremely wealthy. Why would I jeopardize my marriage and my station for a starving artist like you? And for what it’s worth, Peter, your first impression of me was right. I am a snooty rich bitch.”


In addition to being written for Teresa’s prompt, this post includes today’s Three Things Challenge prompt from Di at Pensitivity101, where the three things are “sport,” “hook,” and “canvas.” Also for today’s Word of the Day Challenge (details) and for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (snooty).

A Bird in the Hand?

Those of you who are regular readers of my blog know that a month ago my wife and I moved out of our San Francisco home and into a new home in an East Bay suburb. And you may also know that we bought our East Bay home before selling our San Francisco home by taking out a bridge loan. The sooner we sell our San Francisco home, the sooner we can pay off the bridge loan and stop incurring the carrying costs on our old home.

The good news is that there’s been a lot of interest in our San Francisco home. Our realtor had set tomorrow morning at 9 am as the deadline to receive offers on that property and she is expecting from six to ten competitive offers.

But yesterday morning, she sent us an email telling us that we had received a surprise, “preemptive” offer. She wrote,

Good morning! An agent sent in an offer (terms are above asking, all cash, all contingencies waved, and a quick closing). They know we have an offer date Wednesday morning. Likely her client does not want to have to compete against others in what will be a competitive situation.

Are you fucking kidding me? Over asking price! All cash offer! No contingencies! Quick closing date! It doesn’t get any better than that, does it?

And then our realtor wrote,

It’s in your best interest to do as we discussed and honor the offer date for the other agents. You will definitely have multiple offers to choose from and can negotiate with the highest competing offers to get more. Though this offer is strong, if the buyers are serious about your home, they will resubmit their offer on Wednesday at 9.

Yikes. All I could think of was my Fandango’s February Expressions prompt from last Friday, which was, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”A54E39A6-30B7-43E0-B083-A921AC11EA07Should we jump on this really strong offer (the bird in the hand)? Or should we, as our realtor suggested, take a chance and wait until tomorrow morning to see if any better offers (birds in the bush) come in? We have until 1 pm Pacific time today to decide.

Yeah, I know. This is a really good problem to have, right? But I’m agonizing over what to do. If we wait, and the people who made this amazing offer pull out and a better offer doesn’t materialize, I’ll be kicking myself for not having jumped on the bird in hand. But would we be making a costly error if we do accept the “preemptive” offer when other, even stronger offers might come in from the proverbial birds in the bush if we wait until the prescribed offer date and time? Gah!

What would you do?

FOWC with Fandango — Snooty

FOWCWelcome to March 3, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “snooty.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

  1. And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.