As always, the standard of the submissions was extremely high, but the three that stood out for me this week did so because, somehow, each of them managed to create a sense of nostalgia. There was something about the scenes being depicted that struck a chord of familiarity and, in the process, triggered some very delightful memories from when I was a much younger Wookie…
So, without further ado, here is my pick of #WickedWednesday Week 341.
Fairy Tale of New York – Haiku (@19syllables)
There is something wonderfully nostalgic about this story. It’s a reminder of younger, more carefree days of that period in our lives just after we first leave home and finding how everything is familiar yet subtly different when we return. My first Christmas at home, after I’d left to go to university, wasn’t exactly like this (it’s far too bloody cold in the far north of Scotland for those kinds of outdoor shenanigans), but it did still manage to resonate.
Red Blooded Woman – Molly Moore (@mollysdailykiss)
It’s a bit of a familiar trope, whether it be a pick-up in a bar, or a couple acting out what appear to be a casual hit-on. I’ve acted this one out myself in the past, but that doesn’t prevent this from being a very hot scene. Whatever the actual relationship between the protagonists is, they both know whey they are there, the woman clearly knows what she wants and is and the scene is set. Just as in real life when you watch a couple leave together, what happens next is in the mind of the reader.
Closer – Brigit Delaney (@BrigitWrites)
In a way this naughty interlude is a combination of what I liked about the other two. It’s not just the way the words of the song match Amanda’s mood and actions, but the way in which she uses these to surprise her man and arouse him, letting him know what she wants. Again there is, for me anyway, a sense of nostalgia for a similar kind of play and the fact that as a reader, I am left to fill in the blanks of what comes next.
Finally, congratulations to everyone who contributed this week; I did get a lot of enjoyment out of reading them all.