Stephen Becker wasn’t a man to be rushed but then Alice wasn’t going to stand for indifference either. She looked back at all the laughs, the lively debates, shared opinions even politics and vegetarianism. There wasn’t anyone quite like him. There seemed to be a real spark and yet teasing from friends had him hesitating before saying something noncommittal.

She had been going to give up when Emma said “Perhaps he’s just shy.”

So here she was striding towards the bar where he stood smiling, waiting to order drinks.

“Hi, what’d you fancy then?”

“You Stephen. Naked. Anytime soon.”


A quick response to the latest prompt from Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

September 23 Prompt: Declaration โ€“ In 99 words (no more, no less) declare an intention in a story. Is it one person, a character speaking up or speaking out? Is it a group or a nation? Create a tension before or after the declaration. It can be private or public, big or small. Does it have power to those who state it or hear? What does it change?