It Starts With a Breath

Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction

“That’s all there is to it. You take a deep breath and visualize.”

“I fail to see how visualizing will help.”

She leaned against her locker and looked up to meet his eyes. “Lots of people do it.”

“Lots of people visualize meeting girls?”

“Well maybe not that. But people use visualization all the time. Like athletes, and… people in the Oprah Book Club.”

Tyler rolled his eyes. “What exactly am I supposed to visualize?”

“Visualize yourself being confident. Visualize the girl responding in a positive way.”

He stared at his feet and butted his toe against the baseboard. “You mean like girls actually speaking to me, and not running away screaming?”

“You’re too hard on yourself, Tyler. You’re a nice guy. Any girl would be lucky to go out with you.”

He went to speak but choked on the words. He cleared his throat, took a deep breath and tried again. “Any girl like you?”

This has been an edition of the Sunday Photo Fiction Prompt, hosted by the generous Al Forbes. To read more fiction or to submit your own, click the blue froggy button.

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  1. He needs to burn a lock of her hair in the candle and say the right combination of words. It will be Stephen King all over again!

    1. Lol, you’re taking him all kinds of bad places.

  2. peterkirsch

    Oh my God.
    So truthful, so real. SO many crushing memories associated with what invariably comes after. I hope she lets him down easy…what am I talking about? There is no easy.

    You’ve got very clear insights to both sides of this scenario, and it really shows.

    You really nailed this one.

    1. Awwww you are very kind! You have me grinning.

  3. Oh surprise ending for her, I hope she doesn’t disappoint him. I hope she actually net what she said enough to think it true herself. But sometimes, friends like their other friends a certain way, and the second friend doesn’t feel it.

    1. I know! I wonder how it will come out. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Man, he is thick as a brick!
    Good story

  5. Awww..very sweet! Love it.

  6. Graham Lawrence

    Oh that’s so sweet. Great dialogue. Nice story.

  7. Sweet story Karen. I wonder what her response was.

  8. Aww, this was really sweet! 🙂

  9. He has her neatly cornered! I wonder how she responded? Thanks

  10. Way to go, Tyler!!! Enjoyed!

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