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Saturday Spotlight, May 1/2021

Please note: I am posting this a day early because I might be camping over the weekend, and therefore, off the grid.

Welcome once again to Saturday Spotlight, where I choose what I consider a standout piece from the Sunday Writing Prompt. Last week’s prompt was, Reasons for Admission, https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2021/04/25/sunday-writing-prompt-april-25-21-define-insanity/

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I was truly blown away by the submissions. Not only did I receive a very positive response to the prompt itself, but everyone came in with guns blazing! The creativity was really off the charts, which made my decision for Saturday Spotlight SO DIFFICULT …until I read one 🙂

Initially, I was struck by the attached message. This poster stated, “Tried to shape this from a point of view I’m not used to”. Right away that made me happy because that’s what these prompts are for, right? To stretch you in new creative directions. True, writers can hone their skills by writing within their comfort zones, but I feel growth comes from reaching beyond. That’s exactly what this poster did, and I believe it paid off!

My choice this week goes to

“First Consultation”, by Stephanie Colpron

I found Stephanie’s post enthralling. I really felt like I was there, in that moment. I could feel what the doctor was experiencing, what she was experiencing, and the ending made me want to know more! It was such a unique take on the prompt, Stephanie immediately became my choice for this week’s Saturday Spotlight. Here is Stephanie’s submission. Please enjoy 🙂

First Consultation:

The young woman was sitting, eyes lowered, a picture of demureness and propriety. But he knew better… there must be reasons. Women weren’t found here for just any reason. 

He opened her file… sighed at the first couple of lines written. Was it because he was new? He hated those cases; these women rarely understood or admitted they needed treatment. 

He could already hear her answers. She had done nothing wrong; she was a dutiful wife and had done nothing for her husband to leave. Reading? Why is it wrong? My husband reads… 

And apparently the three previous doctors had given up on her case, though no note was left as to why.

“I am your new doctor, Dr. Egerton. I’m here to help you get better.”

She nodded. Didn’t say a word. 

“Do you know why you are here?”

Again she nodded wordlessly.

“Can you tell me in your own words?”

She looked up as she bit her lips… and suddenly he found the demure attitude had merely camouflaged a temptress that may yet try to seduce her way out of here. The reason for his colleagues’ desertion of the case?

“I wasn’t what my husband expected and he found he could no longer look at me without loathing me for being what I am.”

“Which is?” 

“An avid reader. I prefer reading novels to household chores. I prefer living in the world of books. Always have. There we have agency. Here… we’re just commodities.” What was she talking about? “I know a husband’s comfort should supersede his wife’s wants and desires, but I couldn’t help myself.”

“What type of novels?”

“Oh… all types. Adventure, mysteries, romance, murders…” She smiled. Oh, she was a dangerous vixen, but he wasn’t quite certain she realized it or not. “And I would get lost in them; it happened I had a hard time coming back to the real world. He hated that; sometimes he would get angry at me.”

From the file, he read the husband had punished her a few times and sought mistresses, unsurprising considering his wife wasn’t what he was expecting. And then disappeared; deserting her but leaving behind also his money.

“So he left…”

“I guess you could say that.” 

The choice of words… and the darkness in her gaze. He was suddenly concerned.

“Where is your husband Mrs. Darrington?” 

“I’m not entirely sure.” She whispered. “He might have followed Captain Achab, or been lost like Heathcliff…” 

Had she killed her husband or was her sanity even more in question than he originally thought? 


426 words

Please, take a moment to visit Stephanie’s original post and give the kudos she deserves, https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/04/28/first-consultation/

8 comments on “Saturday Spotlight, May 1/2021

  1. Stephanie Colpron
    April 30, 2021

    Oh wow thank you so very much… 🙈 I’m just blushing.
    Have a lovely weekend camping, hope you have clement weather.
    I do miss camping.

    • relaxitsallwrite
      April 30, 2021

      You are most welcome, Stephanie! Do you miss camping because of Covid or your location?

      • Stephanie Colpron
        April 30, 2021

        A bit of both but mostly because my husband and I used to live in Toronto and we went camping in Algonquin or Killarney two to three times a year. Now in France, it’s harder to find such amazing spots where you’re completely disconnected from city life. There are other fantastic ways to recharge your batteries, but this is one thing that I do miss from Canada. And with covid right now it’s not like we can go anywhere…

      • relaxitsallwrite
        May 1, 2021

        I have family in Toronto!! And I live in BC, Canada. I feel extremely fortunate we have such access to the wilderness. France though…I dream of going there one day!!

      • Stephanie Colpron
        May 1, 2021

        I hope you get the chance. In BC I only saw Vancouver and Powell River (friends of ours got married there)… the rest was just driving through. 😉

  2. Sadje
    May 1, 2021

    Interesting story, good selection Sara.

    • relaxitsallwrite
      May 1, 2021

      Thank you, Sadje! I appreciated how Stephanie not only wrote out of her comfort zone, but produced a very compelling piece 🙂

      • Sadje
        May 1, 2021

        You’re welcome! Yes indeed

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