Every time the Ink Slingers meet, we do two to three writing exercises that must include three to four specific words that were unknown to the author prior to hearing the loud “START!” command and then getting to it! We love sharing the end result with you.
Sometimes the author will have three unique shorts and other times the author will write a continuing story from one exercise to the next. These continuations can be tricky to create but this Ink Slinger killed it with this fun story.
Match, Island, Swing
“Are you sure it’s a good match?”
The boy, the one who did not appear to want her to know his name, nodded and gestured down to his phone.
“But, like, how can you be sure?”
He raised an eyebrow and rolled his eyes, but still did not speak. He had not spoken a word, not since they’d met—as if the island was not creepy enough as it was.
“Okay, fine…fine…” she muttered and continued walking along the path. The sand was too sifting, and the heat just a little bit too hot. She’d overestimated the wine’s potency and was not nearly as drunk as she would have liked.
The boy moved fast, tiny legs easily skimming over the hot sand, and went up a sharp hill. She, with a little panting, followed along, cresting the hill and looking a tad white. What she saw next seemed to undo any of what her time on the luxury island had done for her complexion. All that remaining tan went with a little sweep of emotion.
“Uh…” was all her brain managed, as she stood not too far from a man on a swing, kicking out his feet in little pushes and then coming to almost melancholy stops.
The boy pointed, and then, without a word still, ran back the other way—leaving her there alone with him.
Rash, Wax, Phone
The man on the swing chuckled and pushed away his oversized bangs. “They always do that, sorry if it made you nervous.”
She did not know what to say to him. When she’d signed up for the island’s program, she’d obviously know what it entailed—but that did not mean she really had a grasp on what was okay and what was normal in this place. She’d seen an awful lot of candles, thick golden wax candles, just lying around in a room marked first come, first served earlier.
“So…uh…” she trailed off and took a nervous step closer.
“Yeah, I know—it’s awkward. Just sit here, I don’t have a rash or anything.”
She did, after a few wobbling steps. He gave her a small smile, and then pulled out his phone. She did not know why, but she could not stop noticing how veiny his hands were.
The man flicked through a few things on his phone, before her own image sat there, smiling. She hated that look on her, but when they asked for a picture of her from the last five months, it was the only one she’d bothered to take—data limits sucked.
“So, then, your name is Sasha?” he asked.
“Well, Sasha, apparently you and I are potential true loves.”
Juice, Unwanted. Jelly
Sasha winced, again, she knew that was the deal—she’d been offered the chance through some random dating app she’d been trolling for perhaps one decent guy in her city, but to be so blunt about it, well, she was not a blunt sort of girl.
“I guess so,” she said and stared off into the distance. For a long, profoundly awkward moment, they both sat there.
“Juice,” he finally asked, and she jerked her head back.
“Look, okay—they set these up, okay, and it’s always a little awkward.”
“How could you know –if you already…?”
The man darkly glanced at the ground, still holding a little glass jar of pear juice that looked heavenly to Sasha, she’d only eaten jelly on toast since she’d gotten here.
“Turns out, you always get five—everyone, by sheer math, always have five true loves in the world. If one becomes…unwanted, for whatever reason, or someone dies, they bring you back: for free.”
Sasha did not know how to take this data but did accept his offer of juice. Her head was swirling a bit, and full of something fuzzy. But, and she had to keep reminding herself of this, the matchmakers did claim they were true loves.
So, she took another sip, wished it were wine and looked him in the eyes.
He held her gaze calmly and said, “So, want to try it out?”
“Hell to it,” she muttered and kissed him so hard they fell out of the swing.
About Brandon Scott
Hey, my name is Brandon Scott (though I often go by the name coolerbs). In 2014 I became a professional writer and it has been the ride of my life. I’ve met so many incredible people, and created more than I thought I ever could. And I am so excited for the future.