Finger numbness and hand twitches signaled Tom, that the pills hadn’t taken effect. He used his left elbow to press the elevator button. The polished steel showed beads of sweat around his graying temples. The door opened and four women recognized him. Tom’s only response was a superfluous smile that showed his entire mouth. They returned in kind. The one to the far left of the elevator, almost six-feet-tall, with tangled black hair and alabaster skin, spoke first.
“The mysterious Agent Tom Smith from FirstAvailableAgent.com!”
He closed his eyes and hoped the ride to the first meeting didn’t kill him, inside.
“Yeah, that’s me, just Tom. Hi Kale, I mean, The Waitress….”
Kale smiles and touched his right arm. A shorter, stockier woman leaned over and pressed the L button. They started their descent. She gestured to herself and the other three women.
“I’m Glenda the Mom Witch, that’s Nora aka Bloggerina, and Shannen aka I Reek Of Geek. I guess you’re going to the How To Be A Dude In Chick World seminar?”
The door opened. They turned away from his response. Tom muttered something about catching up with them later. They giggled and gossiped about him as though he weren’t standing inches away. He followed them into the hotel lobby. The women scampered like loose puppies, laughing and talking.
“That means they like you. In a place with five-thousand female bloggers and, like, nine guy ones, anytime someone speaks to you, its affection.”
The sarcasm oozed like motor oil from a wrecked sports car. Tom knew he’d run into the person he came to see. He eyed a short-haired brunette carrying a tumbler of amber liquid in her right hand and her wife’s arm in her left. Tom answered.
“Justine, they’re clever little birds, they darted away every time I came near, tittering their amusement at my discomfiture.”
She smiled, moved away from her companion, then pulled him in for a hug.
“I love the heart in your words, Tom.”
This is my response to Trifecta Writing’s “heart” http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/ and another prompt.
I gave FlamingNyx this prompt: Her fingers gripped the only jagged rock available when an arm appeared….
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Today’s song is something I use for my anxiety moments and with how I write. I can’t believe I’ve never used it over the two plus years of blogging. I thought it fit Tom’s mindset and trifecta’s prompt. Here’s Eve 6′s Inside Out which has the great line “heart in a blender”.