My aged companion, Crisp, and I were standing by the canal that meandered its way through the village.
“When I was sixteen I went on a ‘romantic’ date with Toby Felch, our towns heart-throb. We went rowing, and as we went along, he regaled me with river stories. At the time, I was more terrified of falling into the river than of him, and so I tuned out to his drone of a voice.
He was telling me, as we approached the bridge over the river, that tradition said if you kissed your loved one as you went under the bridge, it ensured a wholesome and fruitful life. The next thing I knew Toby’s large bulky form landed on top of me. I began thrashing about repulsed by his rotten fish smelling breath.
The next thing I knew we were in the river, my greatest fear realised. I went home soaked, embarrassed and thankfully aware Toby would never ask me out again.
Written for: https://crispinakemp.com/2020/05/27/crimsons-creative-challenge-81/
And thus Crisp learned the truth of the saying, Every dark cloud has a silver lining 🙂
Yes, she had to get soaked to realise it.
But getting soaked had a silver lining….
Ah! The moment of enlightenment.
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Haha. This is a good one
I hope she grabbed one of the oars and gave him a good whack with it.
Sounds like a good idea Lyn, but I think she wanted more to get away from the river and Toby.
The problem is, she had put her fear so into her mind that she made it happen. And frankly, he was a right cad! Fun one, Michael!
Thanks Dale, she was only sixteen at the time and yea Toby was a right cad.(Such a good word isn’t it, cad!)
It is such a great word (if I say so myself) 😉