Blog Hop : Forbidden Love

After a yoga class, my friend Tatiana and I had coffee…Tat’s politely listened to me whine about lack of traffic on my blog….Her reply was short and to the point ‘ In order to receive, you have to give’

In the blogging world that means read, read the work of others, support other writers…

Tat’s was right….she is RIGHT almost 100% of the time!! And I love her for it. You can find more of Tat’s wisdom on her blog Mum in Search

She also suggested that I take part in the Blog Hop Forbidden Love Challenge….composing a piece of fiction, 300 words max to the to theme central to Romeo and Juliet: Forbidden Love.

Here goes….

Forbidden Love

Arriving home from school early meant that Phoebe had time to sneak in a bit of reading from the books kept by her Mother on the top shelf of the bookcase in the lounge room.

Though she was tall for an 11-year-old, she still had to get a chair to reach the novel she had spent the last 6 days engrossed by ‘ One night love child’

It was 4pm, and both parents would soon arrive home from work, Phoebe estimated she had time to read about 12 pages….

She found the folded page, signifying the spot where she had last read that Roy loved Lucy, he loved her alot….but not enough to leave her, he loved his wife Lorna more.

She began to read at a rapid pace, her eyes darted back and forth, taking in each word, computing their meaning as best she could….

Some sentences confused her ‘ With love pulsating through them, they dared to take lust to new heights’

Some made her laugh ‘ Let go skinny dipping, no costumes, just us….naked’

Some made her feel mad  ‘Lucy, I can’t be the father you need me to be to our unborn child’

Phoebe loved reading her Mother’s Mills and Boon collection…Her Mother, however, had told her that such books were off-limits till she was 15….that was 4 years off… matters has been taken into her own hands!

The turn of the key, the familiar call out from the door ‘Phoebs, where home!’

She smiled…..15 pages in one sitting…a new record!… Roy was on the verge of confronting Lorna, his wife with his ‘infidelity’…though she did no know what that word meant, it sounded interesting….Tomorrow afternoon could not come quick enough!

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24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chessny Silth
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 07:20:41

    Aww, this is such a sweet story! And a lovely twist on the theme forbidden love. Well done!

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  2. cameronlawton
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 10:02:35

    That’s resonant! Didn’t we all do that? I nicked my mother’s copies of the Angelique books (highly dated now) and understood about half of what I was reading. Nice angle – thanks.

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  3. Mixed Gems
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 13:18:38

    This is a great short story! I love the twist on the theme too. I love how you write fiction. You’ve such a gift. Really!

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  4. Meg McNulty (@charitygirlblog)
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 21:06:15

    LOL! I have SO been there… love your take on the theme, very funny!

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  5. moonduster
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 21:52:58

    Wonderful twist on the theme! I WAS that 11 year old girl! lol!

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  6. Elisabeth
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 10:57:15

    This was rather cute and very real! At first , I thought she may have been reading her mother’s diary – that would have been, well. . . But you’ve captured that awkward age of not quite ready to understand but eager to understand very well. . . xxx

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  7. beanmonkey
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 20:31:42

    Very interesting take on the theme. I like the confusion of a young girl who doesn’t quite understand.

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  8. lisashambrook
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 22:19:31

    I loved your interpretation of the theme, great story!

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  9. Ruth Long (@bullishink)
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 00:19:47

    Absolutely loved your spin on the theme! Not only did you capture a forbidden moment in nearly every reader’s history (!) you did it with heart, humor and high style!!

    Thank you for entering the hop!! 🙂

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    • Catch Up With A Mate
      Jun 11, 2012 @ 01:57:05

      Thanks for reading Ruth…I remember sneaking a peak at novels that were way above me as a young girl…And from the people who have read my blog hop contribution…it seems to have resonated!

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  10. Tat (@muminsearch)
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 01:53:40

    That’s such a twist to the Forbidden Love theme, loved it!

    And thanks for featuring me as the wise one.

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  11. Laney @ Crash Test Mummy
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 22:42:38

    I found you via Veronica at Mixed Gems and read that with a chuckle. I used to read teen romance novels hiding under the covers!

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  12. Lillie McFerrin
    Jun 13, 2012 @ 02:11:10

    OH, I really enjoyed this story!! Thank you so much for entering 🙂

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  13. Katiekate
    Jun 13, 2012 @ 21:43:35

    Kate ! You are an amazing writer. Reading that made me smile 🙂

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  14. Janelle
    Jun 17, 2012 @ 02:18:05

    I love it! I’m so intrigued by all the wonderful and surprising ways people are representing the Forbidden Love theme, and this one is right up there. Glad to hear that by the sounds of it, I’m not the only one who did this as a youngster 😉
    And that does sound like something that Tat would say, so wise!

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