A Letter in Pink

Orchid Pink.

Rounding the corner, all I could think about was getting home to a glass of wine and a hot shower. I was reaching for my phone to check the time, when my foot landed on something hard and my ankle rolled out. Down I went in an ungraceful collapse, my phone skittering away and my hands going out to break my fall. As I gathered up my phone and my bag (and my dignity), I looked around to see what I’d stepped on. It was a large package, torn and dirty, with some pink glitter showing though.

I picked it up and noticed the address was nearby. It was addressed to Max, but the surname was smudged. I was intrigued and I had to see what was inside. I carefully lifted the torn edges and was surprised to see that it was a giant, pink, glittery letter J. 

Off I went, limping slightly on my twisted ankle. I arrived at a small neat row house with a lovely cobalt blue door. I caught movement to my left and noticed a little blonde girl, all dressed in pink, at one of the windows. She looked quite glum. She soon noticed me and the package I was carrying. A few seconds passed as she studied me and then she began to giggle and point at me, then pointed inside the room, shouting “Daddy, daddy”.

I moved closer to her window and started to laugh. There high up on the bedroom wall were the sister letters, U-L-I-A.


Today’s Writing101 prompt: You stumble upon a random letter on the path. You read it. It affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed. Write a story about this encounter.

A shoutout to my dearest friend Moana, who celebrates her birthday today. I told her about this prompt at her birthday drinks tonight and she suggested using an actual letter of the alphabet, rather than a document. I thought it was a brilliant idea.

Ok, so I confess that a giant pink letter J probably wouldn’t “affect me deeply” (although you know I love pink) but let’s say it does, for the story’s sake. The second part of the prompt was to be brief – write a short story. I had started to write a different story but it was becoming quite long so I came back to this idea. I hope you like it.

x desleyjane

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. Amy Sampson says:

    I love how you, literally, found a random letter. “J”! Brilliant. 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL thanks Amy. I must really thank Moana for the initial idea 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Nancy Beach says:

    Creative! Love it!

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  3. Joanne says:

    Very clever, such a lovely story!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much Joanne.

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  4. HumaAq says:

    A liked the humor in your blog.. Interstate!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much!

      Like

  5. HumaAq says:

    Damn auto correct. I meant Interesting lol

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  6. ansumani says:

    Sweet Twist at the end there! Nice!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you so much!

      Like

    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Russell 🙂

      Like

  7. tildy1 says:

    Very creative. It sounds like the start of a love story to me! You could expand it someday when you have the time.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Tildy. I was having a similar thought. 😄

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  8. "Bethie" says:

    I liked this story very much! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh thanks Bethie.

      Like

  9. inidna says:

    Ha, how clever! Very cute story 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much.

      Like

  10. Andy Townend says:

    Ingenious, love it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. desleyjane says:

      Hee Hee thanks so much!!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. I love this!!! So creative and captivating !!! Great….I like how you put a twist on the letter from the prompt:)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much Lia!!!

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  12. Enables says:

    Haha, very nice 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL, thanks so much.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. A talented photographer AND writer, Desley! Lovely, fun story 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh Stacy, thank you for such kind words 🙂
      Hope you are doing well!!

      Like

      1. You’re so welcome, Desley. As for me? Just trying to keep my head above water 😉

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Ok….just keep swimming! 😉

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