FRIDAY FICTION with RONOVAN WRITES – Prompt #15 – Spillage


Oh, that Ron! He is really pushing me to continue this little story about Lara and Neil!

Check his prompt post out here. (And he did another wonderful post this week, about how you can really get Word working for you to help your writing too! Check that out here.)

Well, the prompt this week…

Prompt for Challenge

FIRST OF ALL: Please remember, this is NOT a race. Take your time. Friday is only a part of the title, not a deadline. SECONDLY, if the story is flowing, don’t let the word count stop you; keep writing. THIRDLY, if you are an ACTIVE challenge participant and you just aren’t feeling the prompt, write something and ping back or paste your link. I’ll still include it in the #Links post the following Friday.

A spill occurs, what do you do next?
Use your imagination for what a spill is. Click HERE for the Thesaurus for spill.

  • See if you can come in at more than a Word Count of 600. Control your word usage. (SUGGESTED)
  • Using the above scenario, create a scene about a spill of some kind and what you happens. Is it related to you, to someone around you, the world, love, death, sports. Get creative. (REQUIRED)

Another little addition to my repertoire of blogging skills is that I have now started to record readings of certain pieces of my work. I have started to record readings of this particular series, so if you are interested in getting the background to Lara and Neil check below.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

And now for this week’s main event…!

Just Friends Part 5

Lara wasn’t quite sure how she would make that call.
What on earth was it that Mya wanted to see her for?
God, had Neil told her about what had happened at the bar last night?
Why, oh why, had Mel gone out?  She knew that a short while ago, she was glad of the chance to be alone, to wallow in her embarrassment, but now, with this piece of paper in her hand, she realised that she needed advice. She needed guidance. She needed… alcohol!
Going straight to the fridge she was relieved to see a half drunk, but chilled, bottle of wine. That would do! Skipping the need for a glass, she unscrewed the top (What? She wasn’t made of money, bottles with corks were rather expensive!) and took a swig.
Nope. That hadn’t done anything.
Another three or four swigs later the bottle was nearly empty.  Lara placed it on the kitchen counter and reached for her phone. Her mind, and the wine, said she needed to call right now.  She needed to get this conversation over with. Right now.
Scrolling down the contacts, she came across Mya 😈.  Yes, you read that right. Mya. With a little devil emoji next to the name.  It was her little joke with herself…. But enough of that.
She pressed call and waited for it to connect.
The phone rang. It felt like it had been ringing for an eternity.  Assuming that she wasn’t going to pick up, Lara cut the call. She didn’t wait for voicemail to kick in.  She wanted nothing recorded as evidence, especially after Lady Wine had been advising her!
Throwing the phone onto the counter, Lara went to check the cupboards. There may or may not, be another bottle of wine somewhere… and if there was no wine, there had to be chocolate or ice cream.  Just the consumables needed in times of distress!
As she was rooting around, her mobile phone started to dance around on the counter, the ringtone set to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and the vibrate alert on.  She went to grab it before it buzzed itself off the worktop, upsetting the near-empty wine bottle in the process.
Mya 😈 was ringing her.
As the dregs of the wine from the upended bottle dripped onto the floor, she felt the confidence she had built up slowly drain away.
“Lara? Hi, it’s Mya!”
She sounded rather hyper, but not in an ‘I am going to kill you for trying it on with my boyfriend’ way. It  was much more airy-fairy than that….
“Hi, Mya.”
“Sorry I missed your call, I was a little tied up!” She giggled that silly girlish giggle that really annoyed Lara. She heard a voice in the background. Neil.  Not clear enough that she could hear what he said, but she knew that voice. “Erm, I can’t really talk right now, but could we meet up in the morning for a coffee?  I wanted to talk to you, discuss something, with you.”
“Erm, okaaaay…..”
Seconds later, Lara stood there staring at her phone, perplexed.  What did Mya want?
She never called her. This was really strange.  Still, she would find out tomorrow. At 11 am. In the Costa Coffee around the corner.
Right, scrap the wine, she needed to get herself sorted out before seeing Mya, in the morning! And first things first, she needed to mop up that spillage. The last thing she needed was to slip on a puddle of wine, and end up in A & E!
The next morning, Lara was up with the larks.  There had been no sign of Melissa last night, or in the early hours, but she sent a text, saying she would be back later.
It sped to 11 am, and soon Lara found herself in front of the coffee shop. Deep breath. Right, time to go in.
She saw Mya before Mya noticed her.
Sat in a corner, nursing a cup of coffee already, she looked almost nervous. Lara ordered her hot chocolate, with extra cream, for fortification, and made her way over to her nemesis.
“Lara! Hi!”
Mya jumped up and engulfed her in a hug.
Giving a quick pat on the back, Lara extricated herself from the limpet, I mean Mya, and sat down.
“Hi, Mya.” She took a small sip of the chocolate, conscious that a large sip, as she would normally take, would leave the mother of all cream moustaches across her top lip, and that was so not a look she was going for!
Mya fiddled with her cup but didn’t say anything.
Right, Lara thought, I’d better take the bull by the horns.
“So, what did you want to talk about?  You were rather secretive on the phone last night.”
Mya reddened slightly. “Erm, it is a little sensitive, but you know, knowing how close you are to Neil, I thought you would be the best person to ask.”
What? What does she want?!
“I need some help, you see, I have something I want to ask him, but I don’t know the best way, the coolest way to ask him, and I thought you would be able to help me.”
“Ask him something…? Neil? I’m sorry, I don’t quite understand what you’re getting at!”
“It’s Leap Year, this year.  The 29th February is on Monday coming.  Surely you know what they say about that day?!” She looked at Lara, imploringly.
“Er, no, I don’t actually.” Though she had an inkling, but it was an inkling she was ignoring.
“I want to propose to him Lara, and I want you to help me!”

There! And so we have it!

Any feedback is gratefully received, and for your listening pleasure… the audio link is below.

32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Writings Of A Single Girl
    Mar 06, 2016 @ 02:02:39

    Ah here! What is Lara gonna do lol?! I just caught up on your first entries too. Looking forward to seeing where it goes 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Hugh's Views and News
    Mar 03, 2016 @ 11:05:35

    Even though this would make a fantastic chic lit book, I’m loving it, Ritu.
    How on earth is Lara going to get out of this one?
    Looking forward to the next installment.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Feb 28, 2016 @ 14:15:27

    This is an amazing story. Took several sittings, but I’ve caught up. You have a wonderful reading voice. 😀 😀

    Liked by 1 person


  4. wwwpalfitness
    Feb 28, 2016 @ 04:17:21

    Curiously, are you using the phone application or one with your computer? If the computer, are you using a mic? If the phone I am guessing you merely email it to yourself or open the site on your computer? I am guessing either way you have an account and then similar to a video or a picture that you get a code to put it on your site? I now have seen someone doing singing on it with tracks from artists in the background, so I plan on tinkering with it this week.

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    • Ritu
      Feb 28, 2016 @ 09:14:14

      You can record with the computer but I think a mic would be necessary. Yes I use the phone app to actually record and save. Then I use the desktop version to share. I just use the url they give to share and paste into the post. I think there is a 200 minute limit for the free version, which I am using now then there are various levels of payment where you can increase your storage. I am sticking with the free one for now, and will see how things go!



  5. wafflemethis
    Feb 28, 2016 @ 02:50:21

    Sis you are amazing your story telling as always been amazing and now we can hear you too,a whole new dimension. 😘

    Liked by 1 person


  6. The Story Reading Ape
    Feb 27, 2016 @ 11:52:46

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:

    In case you missed this excellent series (written and spoken) by the multi-talented RITU.
    I recommend you start from Part 1 and work your way back to this re-blogged part.
    BTW Ritu – you not only have an excellent narrator’s voice, but your singing is pretty good too 😀



  7. Erika Kind
    Feb 27, 2016 @ 10:39:32

    Sis, the story is getting better and better. It is such a cool idea to let it get influenced by each week’s prompt. But to top it all: You reading it is the greatest. The kids in school must be banned to your reading! I am waiting for the sequel each week. And now I don’t even need to read it myself 😃

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