Writing Prompt Friday (Neon Sign)

Neon Sign

I was walking down a dark alley there was trash littered about, cats making that terrible cat call and the smell of human waste that burned my nose. I had just broke up with my girlfriend of 2 years, well I guess I didn’t break up, I caught her with my best friend in our apartment. She just looked at me when I caught them making love in our bed…I didn’t say anything, I just turned away and walked out the door. I knew I would have to get my stuff sooner or later but right now I just wanted to be alone.

As I continued my slow shuffle with my head hung low I heard the soft humming…I didn’t know what it was, but why did I care…I felt dejected and not in the mood to care about anything at the moment. I saw a homeless man sitting near a dumpster, he looked disheveled but kind, he asked me if I had some change I could spare and a smoke. I dug in my pocket and handed him what little change I had and gave him a smoke…I leaned down to light it for him. He smiled at me and just said…’follow the light’. I had no idea what that meant but it just seemed like he was a little tipsy and he an empty bottle next to him. I just smiled and said…’sure, I’ll do that’, and went on my way.

I had just left the alley and turned the corner when I saw this neon sign on a small building that said ‘Good Things Always Happen’…it looked like a little bar, so I decided to stop in and have a beer or two to maybe take some of the pain away.

As I walked into the bar I noticed this woman sitting at the end, she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. She was curvy in all the right places, beautiful brown eyes and wavy brown hair down past her shoulders but what really caught my attention was her smile. She seemed to have a very kind smile…I couldn’t explain it but it just drew me in.

I walked to the bar a couple seats from her and ordered my beer…she looked in my direction and said…’Hi my name is Cheryl’…I politely waved and said…’Hi my name is Jeff.’ We shared some pleasantries back and forth; I was enjoying the conversation.

‘You look like you are little down in the dumps’…she said. I explained to her what happened to me earlier…her smiled dropped from her face. ‘I know how you feel, I walked in on my boyfriend and best friend a couple of days ago’…she said.

It was nice to have someone to talk to that understood how you felt at that moment and we seemed to connect on so many levels. She was an aspiring writer as was I, we liked a lot of the same foods and hangouts. I couldn’t believe the luck of meeting someone in such a small little bar.

It was starting to get late and I needed to head somewhere to sleep for the night; I didn’t want to go back to the apartment until tomorrow to get my things so Cheryl said…’I know a place you can stay for the night, my place. You are very kind and I feel as though I can trust you.’ I was so surprised and said…’How do you know I’m not an axe murder or something?’. She said…’I can just tell by the kindness in your eyes.’

I paid for our drinks and followed her up to her apartment upstairs above the neon sign.

Needless to say we are still together and it has been 10 years…I can’t believe it….thank god for the homeless man and the neon sign.

Writing Prompt Friday (A Walk in the Rain)

A Walk in the Rain

Jeff looked outside and saw that it was raining, how he loved the rain. The gentle drops falling from the sky to clean the earth below, the smell and the sound of it gently hitting the roof. One thing he especially loved was taking a nice walk in the rain…he didn’t know what it was but it made him feel clean and new, so he grabbed his rain coat and umbrella and decided to take a little stroll.

As he walked out the door he took a deep breath and a smile came across his face…the song ‘Singing in the Rain’ just popped in his head and he laughed out loud. He started to hum the tune as he started his way down the street.

He was a happy man and people could tell, he made sure of it. He jumped in every puddle he saw, swung around a light pole and had the biggest smile on his face. One particular person took a particular interest in Jeff…her name was Sarah.

Sarah liked the rain as well and couldn’t help but giggle at Jeff as he was coming down the street. As he got closer Sarah started to sing ‘Singing in the Rain’ out loud as well and jumped in the nearest puddle. Jeff took notice of this and stopped, he had to meet this person who loved walking in the rain as much as him.

‘Hi there’, Jeff said. This took Sarah by surprise but she responded ‘Hi to you as well’, she had a big smile. ‘Would you like to walk and sing with me in the rain?’…Jeff asked. ‘Sure, that would be great’…Sarah responded.

So Jeff grabbed her hand and they started skipping and dancing through the rain and hitting every puddle along the way. Jeff asked if she would like to go to the park, they had a great trail and the sound of the rain on the leaves and watching the drops hit the pond were like Mother Nature’s own music. Sarah said she would love to.

Once they got to the park Jeff showed Sarah the pond as they walked the path holding hands the whole time. Once they were far enough down the trail Jeff asked her if she wanted to dance. Sarah nodded and they both put their umbrellas down and took their hats off and danced slow and close in the rain…both knew they had found the person for them.