I've joined in Willow's first Magpie Tales creative writing prompt today. Willow will be hosting these muse-feeding opportunities weekly, and each one will be based on one of her own photos. Feel free to play along next time! Here's the first photo; my creative interpretation follows.
She sat staring, mesmerized by drifting motes of dust, as the late-afternoon sun filtered in through the lace-curtained window. When would he return? She could guess--a month, perhaps, possibly two--but she never really knew, and this time was no different. He assured her repeatedly that his heart was hers, but uncertainty plagued her mind, as it always did when he left.
Was it enough that today he'd warily handed her a prized antique, a "large token" of his affection, as he liked to call his gifts? Usually he brought her these tokens from his travels, but this morning, he'd knocked at the door early in his pea coat and tweed hat to tell her he'd be leaving right away, and he'd like for her to have his grandmother's pitcher.
He'd stayed only a few minutes, not even removing his coat and hat, but taking a moment to place the pitcher in "just the right spot"on a shelf opposite her old farm table. Since he'd kissed her goodbye and walked out the door into the chilly drizzle, she'd tried to eat, work on her sewing, and go about her other regular activities. But she kept returning throughout the day, insulated by the adjacent window from the vast changes in the weather, to sit at the table and gaze at the pitcher. Its etched design and gentle curves pleased her immensely, and there was inherent sentiment that touched her on some level.
But the weathered pitcher also brought to mind the tarnish in her world: a long-time wearing away of hope for a normal, civilized life built around a steady relationship. Clearly the pitcher had aged well, though, and as she sat it occurred to her that perhaps her heart might do the same, that a few spots of tarnish might even provide the character and freedom from certain expectations that could make a life quite extraordinary.