Norma looped her arm around Richard’s as they strolled down the tree-lined path. “Remember when I used to sneak away to meet you here?” she asked.
He chuckled. “Yes. I never forgot this park.” He stopped. “Wait. I want to take our picture.” He still couldn’t believe he would finally marry Norma on Sunday. Their shadows on the sidewalk- his arm reached out to guide her to him- had been the one thing he lived for while the Koreans held him prisoner.
Richard slid the camera into his pocket and let Norma grasp his arm again. “I bet you didn’t know this, but I saw you in 1962.”
Norma halted. “Really?”
Richard nodded. He nudged her to keep walking. “You were leaving Thrifty with Patricia. Her pink ice cream matched her dress.”
“Her favorite color.”
“I wanted to take you in my arms… to kiss you like the last night before Korea.”
Norma sniffed and swiped her eyes with the back of her hand.
“I kept track of you all those years. Sure, I went to work and had my hobbies, but I was just following everyone else. We’re not much different than ants searching for food, I suppose.”
“I’m so sorry, Richard.” Norma choked back a sob.
He stopped and put his hands on her shoulders. “Listen here, Norma Ann, don’t you apologize for your happiness. We both did what we needed to.” He took her hand and led her onto the playground.
Norma grinned. “If you think I’m going down that slide, you’ve lost your mind, mister.” She patted her hip. “I just got this replaced three years ago.”
Richard led her to the slide and pointed to the corner of the lowest platform. “I’ve written this on every slide they’ve put in. It got me through until I could look in your eyes and say, ‘Norma, I’m Richard Coswell and I am completely in love with you’.”
The folks at Trifecta have asked us to write a 33 to 333 word response (mine is 320) incorporating the three photos shown above. Click the tricycle picture to see the full challenge rules. (Note: all photos in this post are property of Trfectawritingchallenge.com)
**This is a community-voted challenge and voting starts on Sunday night at 7PM on Trifecta’s website (click the tricycle picture to get there). If you don’t like my entry, I bet you’ll find something else you do like, please check it out. **
For some reason, Norma and Richard wouldn’t get out of my head, so they win. These are the characters I introduced in my first ever Trifecta win – Truth of Promises. I thought that story bordered on too sappy, but others didn’t agree. This one, however, may just send you into diabetic shock. Please don’t send your medical bills. I can’t afford to pay them.