Weekend Writing Warriors – 2/19/2023 – Little Reminders of Who I’m Going to Be – Play a Song for Me

Welcome back Weekend Writing Warriors and Writing Community. Hope everyone had a wonderful week. And a fabulous Valentine’s Day. Hope you were able to spend time with someone special. Or with the memory of someone who meant something special to you. Carolyn and I were finally able to go out for an Anniversary lunch, so we doubled it as a Valentine date as well. Although I did something for her at the house. You can see a bit of that below in my Wrap-Up. We are not so much for the going out and making a big deal of events anymore. This last anniversary was 24. Although for 25 we may attempt to save up for a cruise. We shall see.

It doesn’t look like Stephanie and Jason will be heading out for anything anytime soon. She seems to be on her way out the door. That’s were we left her last week. Let’s see where she goes this week.

Have a great week everyone. Look forward to reading your posts. God bless!!


Stephanie Marshall is the owner of a successful Charlotte, NC writing firm. She and her staff advertise for some of the biggest names up and down the east coast. Even though the writer’s life is exciting, and her company is in demand, she struggles with the monotony of home life. Stephanie is on the verge of an affair and has chosen to take the next step in that relationship.

… And then there is Carter.

Our angelic friend is back, and he visits Stephanie to teach her three lessons about her life. One that involves her past, one about her present life, and one that will challenge her to the reality of the choices she makes.


Last week we left Stephanie making a second poor decision. This one she may not be able to turn back from. She is now with the enemy. Well, not so much in her eyes. To here she is about to have the time of her life.

First a bit from last time:

Stephanie unlocked the passenger door, and Kenneth ducked his head in. “You said I could drive.”

“I know. You can take over when I stop to get gas. Get in.”

“Trunk?” he said, lifting his bags.

“Oh, yeah,” she said, releasing the trunks latch. After loading, Kenneth eased into the passenger seat with a comfortable ‘oof.’ Then his cologne hit her. The one she had struggled to wash off the night before. The one she had trouble getting out of her dreams. But for the next 48 hours, she could allow herself to get lost in it. She breathed it in and put her car into drive, leaving the guy with the smiling van to hand out his mystery packages and deliver joy to their recipients.

Now let’s get into our new snippet:

We are skipping a few paragraphs. Stephanie is in the process of driving back to her office to meet up with Kenneth. During her drive she goes through a bit of inner dialogue about her and Kenneth’s plans regarding the hotel room. Separate bills, rooms, and driving her car as to not arise suspicion. We pick up with Stephanie arriving at the office to meet Kenneth.

Her eyes must’ve rested too long upon his hands, or drool must’ve formed on the corner of her mouth because Kenneth spoke.

“Everything okay?”

“Yeah, sorry. Just lost in thought.” Probably the wrong words. Now he would ask what she was thinking about.

“Penny for your thoughts.”

“Heh. My thoughts are worth at least a quarter each,” Stephanie said.

“Bill me,” Kenneth said, glancing at her and returning to the road.

There is your ten (or so). And now we continue to finish the scene:

“Just thinking that I’ve never sat in the passenger seat of my car before, that’s all. Thinking about how long it’s been since I have ever been driven someplace.”

“That long?”

“Too long.”

“Sorry,” Kenneth said. “It shouldn’t be that way. You should be taken away more often. You deserve it.”

“Oh, it’s not so much as not being taken. It’s not having the time. Life gets so busy that it is overwhelming, and there is no opportunity for getting away.”

“Nuh-uh. I don’t buy it. For you, I would make the time. You see here; We are on our way somewhere. Time has been made. Nothing has gotten in the way.” Kenneth reached out, took her hand, and kissed it.

Stephanie smiled and allowed her hand to be held for most of the rest of the trip. She also let go of her nervousness and turned on the radio. She learned that their taste in music was not the same. Well, you can’t win them all. Kenneth paired his phone and music app to the car. While she wasn’t much of a fan of jazz, she did appreciate that he did and enjoyed several songs on his playlist.

Oh man. Well, now she’s done it. And what do you think of Kenneth so far? Is he genuinely taking an interest in a hurting and neglected Stephanie? Or could he have an agenda and taking advantage of her situation?

Don’t forget to check out my Wrap-Up below.

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Thanks for reading this week. Not sure if you follow me on Twitter, but I won some brownie points with my wife. While all the other spouses were out there spending money on flowers, I hit a homerun with this gem. It didn’t come out quite like I planned, it was supposed to be heart-shaped. I later remembered it was the platter that was heart-shaped. It’s all good, my wife cared more for the meal and thought than the platter it came on.

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21 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors – 2/19/2023 – Little Reminders of Who I’m Going to Be – Play a Song for Me

    1. Yes. I’ve always found it interesting in how would you trust a guy who would cheat with you. What gives the assurance he is faithful to you. Let’s see what Stephanie finds out.


  1. Congratulations on 24 years! Nicely done with the meal too.

    I think Kenneth could be both taking a genuine interest and having more sinister motivations. He’s certainly playing this well, saying she deserves some effort and to be made a priority. That’s exactly the kind of thing she wants to hear. I just don’t trust this guy though.

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  2. So far I haven’t sensed that Kenneth is saying anything more than any friend would… saying, that is. He’s definitely not playing fair otherwise though. Stephanie is being carefully led, but…. she’s also not trying too hard to hold her place. Sad.

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  3. You can’t exactly blame Stephanie for wanting to believe in this guy. If she’s unhappy in her marriage and this guy says and does all the right things…I can resist everything but temptation, right? (Oscar Wilde) Great snippet!

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