She ran around the counter picking up every bottle she saw taking a deep breath until each scent grabbed at her senses. There were flowers, fruits and herbs all mixed in a way that made her think of spring. Her wedding, which was just a few months away, was going to be in spring. Whenever she closed her eyes she could see herself standing there, feeling the soft fabric of her dress move against her legs as she made her way towards him. The look in his eyes would say everything and as she smiled back at him she would say a small prayer of thanks while pinching herself beneath her bouquet.
Just a year ago she was in and out of doctor’s offices trying to piece together what was happening to her and survive in spite of it. And he waited, patiently, protective and kind. The medication was tricky and she still wasn’t always quite herself but one thing that was constant was the feeling of triumph that she carried with her. She had done everything she could to find her way back to healthy and in the midst of that discovered she had been living her life half awake. Now when her eyes were open, she really saw what was in front of her and also what was possibly tucked just around the corner. It was so refreshing to move freely throughout the day with her imagination always at the ready instead of saving all of her dreaming for bedtime only.
As the salesgirl approached she smiled pointing at the fragrance she had just placed back on the counter and asked for two of them. She planned on keeping one in her purse and the other on her nightstand. That way whether she was picking up groceries at the market or tucking herself in for the night, she could remind herself that spring was always just within reach.
This post was for the writing challenge over at Trifecta. The rules are below (and should you want to give it a try, please do so!). I’d love to read your stuff .
1: to remain alive after the death of <he is survived by his wife>
2: to continue to exist or live after <survived the earthquake>
3: to continue to function or prosper despite : withstand <they survived many hardships>
- Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
- You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
- The word itself needs to be included in your response.
- You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
- Only one entry per writer.
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