It’s not Marie.
This young man was twice her size, a walking geometry problem composed of long parallel lines and spare angles. Well-worn hiking boots encased his large feet, and a dusty pack perched on his back.
Flight or fight? I wondered, as he approached.
“Excuse me,” he said. His French carried an American accent. “Does this old place have a name?”
Perhaps he was what he seemed, a backpacker seeing France. “I don’t know,” I said, while staring at his backpack.
“Everyone comments on the rose,” he laughed. “It looks like the one embroidered on my blanket when I was found as a baby. It’s the shade of first dawn, a promise. I want to hope everything I do is stitched with its color.”
I smiled politely, but a warning bell clamored in my brain.
The pink rose had been our network’s symbol.
For dVerse Prosery. I’m continuing my series, beginning again with the last line of the previous episode. The prompt line is “Everything I do is stitched with its color” by
W.S. Merwin. from his poem “Separation.” Lisa has chosen such a beautiful line.
More complications! I eagerly await the next installment.
Thank you! I have no idea what’s going to happen! 🙂
You got my spidey sense tingling on him also. Deft weaving of the line into your story, Merril!
Thank you, Lisa. And thank you for the prompt, too.
You’re welcome x 2.
Your story of the stitches is seamless. And such superb suspense.
Thank you so much. I’m so pleased you think so!
This is just another cliff-hanger. What is that man, and why is he there?
Thank you! Of course, I have no idea. I guess I’ll have to figure it out by next time. 😅
… and time will tell the link between the network and the backpacker. Hmmmmm … 🙂
Perhaps. Who knows? Not me. 🙂
Mysterious. Nice one. Thanks for dropping by my blog.
Thank you, Gillena! 💙
What happens? What happens??? You’ve created a mystery! I want more!!!
Hahaha. Thank you, Lillian. Always leave them wanting more. 😏
Thank you, Derrick.
How wonderful to see another prosery! I can’t wait to find out what happens next!!!
Thank you so much, Liz!
You’re welcome, Merril!
Nope, it’s not Marie, but he’s an interesting fellow! Need to know more about the pink rose. 👏👏
Thanks so much, Tricia! 🙂
A great mystery to leave us wanting to know more. Well done!
Thank you so much, Dwight!
Love the first line and the casual dialogue that seems to have subtext. Intriguing.
Thank you very much! I guess I have a month to work out that subtext. 🙂
You’re welcome. When you work out that subtext, be sure to not tell anyone. 😂
An awesome flash, filled with mystery. Leaves us wanting more.
Thank you very much!
Now, we need a sequel!
Thank you. Yes, it’s ongoing, though I have no idea where it’s going. 🙂
I really enjoy your French resistance stories, Merril, and I love the description of the young man as ‘’a walking geometry problem composed of long parallel lines and spare angles’ and the symbol of the pink rose.
Thank you so much, Kim! I’m pleased you enjoyed that description and the series. 🙂
More layers of threads…(k)
Yes, exactly. 🙂
I have goosebumps!! This is so good, Merril. The rose, the chance meeting with the young man… It’s a tapestry of life.
Thank you so much, Colleen!
I never know where this story is going to go until I see the prosery prompt line. I’m pleased you enjoyed it! 😊
It was really lovely… It will be amazing to see the prosery pieces all together one day.
I doubt I’ll ever put it together, but it’s fun to write for dVerse. 🙂
You never know…
True. . .but it would be SO much work to make it work—assuming I can ever come up with an ending. 🤣🤣
LOL! You could write “poetry” to bridge the gaps. I think it would be really cool.
Thank you for the vote of confidence! I do appreciate it very much. 🥰
That is a chilling twist at the end, Merril – so well told!
Thank you so much, Ingrid! I’m so pleased you think so. 😊
And the ‘network’, “. . . our network’s symbol . . . “??
You’d best have sequel for this, a big question is looming!!
It’s an ongoing series. 😏
Damn! How did I miss this one! Fantabulous (of course!)
Thank you so much for going back to read it! 💙
I had to! 🌹(pretend it is pink)