Sunday, February 5, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday

Welcome to my SSS! I have a short story coming out at MLR for Valentine's Day, so this month, I'm spotlighting that. It's called "Budding Hopes," and it's an m/m set in 1954 Baltimore. Dr. Mark Vance has been going to Sheehan's Nursery for the past eight months to buy flowers for his mother's grave, and every week, Hal Sheehan slips an extra lily into the bunch. When Hal misses him at the store one week, he tracks Mark down later that night to give him the extra flower.

Inside weren’t just some pretty petals that would flutter apart and die without the proper care. This was more fragile, more valuable than anything he could have imagined. It felt like hope. Hal had gone out of his way to seek Mark out, to make good on the unspoken promise they’d made to each other all those months ago, the first time Mark had opened the wrapped lilies and found one too many. Mark had returned to the shop the following week, wondering whether or not to say anything, lingering longer when Hal asked how his visit had gone, but he’d walked out without having mentioned a word of it. At the graveyard, he’d discovered the added flower again, and again the week after that.


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19 comments:

Ruthie said...

Nice subtle form of flirtation. I like how the extra flower becomes a compact between them.

Jessica Subject said...

Very sweet six! :)

Alix said...

Fantastic six! and I love the image that is your week's inspiration. I love a women who takes control too.

Carly Fall said...

That's so sweet. Nice six!

sue said...

Good for you! doing a m/m in 1954 - curious to see how you will handle the topic

Veronica Scott said...

Enjoyed the excerpt, like the flowers. Makes me want to read the rest for sure!

Dee Carney said...

Loved this way to keep them coming back together again. Nice!

Skye Warren said...

Very sweet :)

Corinne Davies said...

Lovely six! I'm looking forward to reading the rest on Valentines's Day :)

Stacia Kelly said...

Very very sweet, can't wait to see where you take it.

gemma parkes said...

Sweet and subtle flirtation. nice post!

Monica Enderle Pierce said...

Love it. Hal's subtle, respectful persistence and Mark's damaged caution and hope. Lovely six!

Melissa MacKinnon said...

Fantastic, as always! And I must say... brilliant name placement on the cover! ;)

Sarah Ballance said...

This is so beautifully poignant. Excellent!

J.C. Martin said...

That's such a sweet premise. And I love his description of how fragile hope is!

Siobhan Muir / Meg Palevich said...

Sweet six, Vivien. :)

diannehartsock said...

'It felt like hope.' I love that line. This story sounds so sweet. Perfect for V-day. :)

Jessica K said...

What a subtle, romantic, and emotional way to begin a story or a relationship!

Charmaine Gordon said...

Charming six, Vivien and so well written. Thanks for stopping by today.