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Post by TheWritingMuffin on Sat Oct 11, 2014 7:13 pm

Hello fellow inklings! The assignment for this week is...

Write a (clean) Romance that uses the sentence "Potatoes? What about potatoes?" somewhere in the story. It has to be under 700 words. (Look how much flexibility I just gave you). Bonus points if it's set in the 1940's, but if not that's okay too.

Have fun! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

P.S. Wouldn't it be cool to write a Dr. Who Fanfiction? (hint hint)

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Post by Wlonnie on Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:21 pm

Although I am hoping to get a second entry in, here is a quick little something that I whipped up in case of a busy week.

Of Turkeys and Potatoes

In the far-off world of silver screens and cinemas, it would sound like a charming idea to invite your boyfriend over for a homemade Thanksgiving turkey dinner. That’s what I had thought at first. Kevin was a man who liked his food, and I could make a meal like no other woman this side of the Thompson River. But, unfortunately, asking Kevin’s sister to help me with the dinner had been a huge mistake.
“Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God.” I muttered the phrase as a mixture of panic and prayer, dashing over to the oven where my future sister-in-law stood, her face a mask of shock as she stood next to the steaming mess. “Karla, how did this happen?”
The twenty-six-year-old’s face became sheepish and pale. “I think I forgot to set the timer. I really shouldn’t be doing stuff in the kitchen, should I?”
I groaned and turned the oven off. “Of course not!” I slipped on a pair of oven mitts and opened its see-through door, coughing like a madwoman when the piping hot, turkey-flavoured air rushed up my nostrils. My muscles complained as I lifted the beast of a pot onto the stovetop. Already, I knew that what had once been a turkey was either turned to coal or very well-done. My heart sank. Kevin was not going to be impressed by this; and this had been my very first time cooking for him!
“Don’t worry, Joan.” Karla offered me a weak smile and fingered at a hole in her knitted sweater. “We both know Kevin. He’d eat month-old bread and still praise the chef.”
“But this is a freaking Thanksgiving turkey.” I grumbled. “You can’t just destroy that.”
Karla laughed awkwardly. “Well, at least this wasn’t as bad as what happened to the potatoes.”
“Potatoes? What about potatoes?” I cast a suspicious glance in her direction.
“Well . . .” She brought her shoulders up to her cheeks and blushed. “They, um, turned black.”
I deadpanned. I was not in the mood for this. I was not going to ask just what type of family I was going to marry into. I was simply done with it all.
That’s when the doorbell rang.
“Oh, that’s probably Kevin!” Karla squealed and wiggled her eyebrows at me. “You should go answer the door. He’ll want to see you, you know.”
A sigh escaped my lips. “Okay, okay. Just try to keep everything else . . . I don’t know, not burnt.”
She stuck her tongue out at me. “Go on, Juliet. Romeo’s waiting for you.”
It took me thirty seconds to get from the kitchen to the doorway. Despite my better sense, I peeked through the peephole before opening the door. My heart skipped a beat. It was, indeed, Kevin on the other side. Making sure I had a wide smile on my face, I swung open the door. Maybe my smile would be distraction enough from the terrible smell inside the house.
“Hey, Joan,” Kevin’s dark brown eyes lit up when he saw me, causing my smile to morph into a grin. He enveloped me into a bear hug and kissed the top of my forehead.
I sighed, allowing all of the stress and anxiety that had been building up in my head to fall off of me in waves. “You have no idea how happy I am to see you, Kevin.”
“What’s wrong? Wait . . . is something on fire?”
“Ugh,” I groaned and buried my head into his chest. “Karla and I overcooked the turkey.”
I could have sworn I heard him snicker, but if he did, he was wise enough to cut it short.
“You know I love you anyways. I mean, come on – it’s just a turkey dinner.” He chuckled and released me from the hug. “Besides, we all know that the potatoes are really what make the dinner special.”
My jaw dropped. No way. There was no way that this could be happening.
If there was something I learned before marrying Kevin, it was that things never turn out in reality like they do in romcoms.

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Post by Wlonnie on Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:53 am

Love is in the (H)air

Rose twirled around the room. Her grey-blue dress whispered gently around her knees as the Doctor spun her around with his fingertips. In her mind, there nothing quite like spending V-Day in London; especially when the Doctor was there. Even though one of the biggest crises in human history had been raging on just the day before, Rose was in the perfect state of mind for dancing. Not only was she dancing with the Doctor, but he had gone off on one of his adorable, nonsensical, timey-wimey rambles. If Rose hadn’t been afraid to admit it, she just might have told him that she loved it when he rambled.
“—and then he said, ‘Potatoes? What potatoes?’ I replied to him quite snarkily, if I remember correctly. Well, maybe I’m exaggerating. Actually, I’m not. Anyways, you should see a Sontaran when they’re mad. Funny-looking species, I tell you, especially when they go on about the glory of --“
“Doctor!” Rose burst into a fit of giggles. “We’re dancing in a broken-down coffee shop in post-war London, and you’re ranting on about Sontarans.”
He flashed her a playful grin. “It makes me look good, don’t you think?”
“Yeah, it really brings out the flawless hair, your rambling does.” Rose stuck out her tongue.
“Hey!” The Doctor dipped her low to the floor, causing her shoulder-length blonde locks to fall towards gravity. “Dancing does wonders to your hair, Miss Tyler.”
“Mhm?” Rose raised an eyebrow cockily as he brought her back up. “Someone’s excited tonight, Mr. . . Doctor.”
“You can call me Mr. Smith.”
“Don’t mind if I do, Mr. Smith.”
The Doctor’s grin widened and his brown eyes sparkled. “It’s V-Day, I’ve got great hair, and I’m dancing with the most beautiful woman in all of time and space.” He spun her around again before continuing in the fast-paced rhythm of the celebration dance. “Why wouldn’t I be excited?”
Rose just laughed, the sound of her joy running wild through the afternoon London air, mixing with the millions of other victory cheers that spread across the city. She and the Doctor would be quite all right. They had the TARDIS, they had great hair, and they had each other; what more could they need?

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Post by Natarsha on Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:04 am

I had done some drawings to go with this story, and I will post them but due to the time I posted this and the quality of my half finished work as I lost my first drawings, it wasn't going to make it to the forum today. But I hope you like this story and I will add the pictures the next day. Thank you!

The Reality of it all. (A novel based on love) By Emily Smith

Summary: Yes, love that is what this book is based around and the fact if love at first sight is real. But hey it’s not one of those soppy romantics that must count for something. But what it is, is a book written by me for you about true love and love at first sight. It has weird but somewhat interesting couples, it has doctor who, star wars and many other fandom reference because come one were all a little geeky. It’s about love, heartbreak and all that’s in-between. So enjoy reading it… if you do. ^-^

Is love at first sight real? Or Fiction well that’s why you’re here I guess? To read my book on love at first sight so here you go from me, Emily Smith to you a reader of curiosity.

Chapter One:

Rain. That’s what I smelled the minute I stepped outside. Yano how sometimes you can just smell it before it rains, and then you’re like “Damn I wish I watched the weather last night, so I would be prepared” well that was like this morning. I had just gotten ready for my day of journalism, I walked outside and locked my door of my ‘One of kind’ place. Ha yeah right all these houses in Headcorn, Kent look the same I’m surprised I haven’t accidently walked to another’s persons house. I walked down the stairs to my hand painted letter box, oh yeah that’s why I manage to find my own house hah. I had just checked the mail and not even my excitement of getting into the Oxford university could supress the sadness of the smell of rain, now don’t get me wrong I love rain it’s just what comes with it the couples and their cliché kissing in the rain is just… How do I put this…? Yuck.

Okay okay, yes I’m getting to all the lovey dovey, love at first sight and all that jazz but have faith young padawan (Bam, star wars reference). I walk to the nearest park with my journal that never leaves my side and a pen, I sit at a park bench and begin drawing a couple (Picture A) he lifts his girlfriend up and she wraps her legs around his torso as they proceed to kiss. The reason I ‘observe’ and draw these couples is to understand the whole concept of love. I’m a journalist I observe and write things it’s my passion, it helps me understand things.

Love at first sight. That’s the whole reason you’re here to find out the reality of it all but before we can get to that what is ‘love’ what is ‘love at first sight’? Do we really know what it all is? Is love just a strong affection? Or something more? Now love at first sight is just feeling that affection for someone upon first glance. Now I know some who believe this is true and are now in a four year relationship and I know some who believed in love at first sight. Yes believed, what happened you might ask or you just don’t care? What happened was two months of a relationship were the felt no affection or connection and believed that their relationship is based on love at first sight.

Now don’t worry I’ll get back to my explanation but I must mention this one couple who are absolutely adorable, it had seem that this girls boyfriend was a bit stressed over something, they were having a conversation about who knows what I had walked past and picked up on what he had said something along the lines of “Potatoes? what about potatoes?” now heavens know what they were talking about but I had to sit down and observe and draw this couple because they had made my day so that’s what I did I drew them (Picture B) the girl had leaned up and kissed his nose, she was just slightly shorter then him so she stood on her toes to reach his nose she whispered loud enough for him to here “Don’t worry okay?” and he smiled and kissed her.  I must say they were absolutely positively the most intriguing couples I had seen and that’s why I wrote and drew them.

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Post by LittleDancer on Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:41 pm

This is just great, I thought as a grabbed my cup of hot coffee from the barista at Starbucks and rushed out into the pouring torrents of rain. I grabbed a newspaper from a nearby vendor.
“Hey you have to pay for that!” The man yelled, but didn’t bother to chase after me in the rain.
I held the newspaper over my head and ran as fast as I could in heels. Suddenly there was no rain pouring down and I looked up to see an umbrella over top of my head and a man with another umbrella in his other hand.
“Thank you” I stammered lowering the dripping newspaper and dropping it in a nearby trash can. I took the umbrella he handed me and we continued walking.
“It’s not a problem, I always help a lady in distress” He said with a grin on his face.
“Who said I was in distress?” I asked saucily.
“The look on your face and the heels” He said laughing, I joined in.
“What’s your name?” I ask.
“James. James kolbert, what’s yours?” James replies.
“Haley Darnem” I say matter a factly.
“Well Haley Darnem, where are you going?” James asks looking into my eyes.
“To work, I’m gonna be late I was supposed to be there at nine. Its two blocks up” I point up the road to a large building, looking away from his chocolate brown eyes, a blush on my face.
“Well I am going there as well, I have a job interview as a journalist” James says a little nervously.
“Oh wow! Good luck with the job interview, I hope you get it” I say reassuring him.
“Yea me too” He says and chuckles.
We reach the building and the umbrella’s fold.
“Well this is where we part” James said a little sadly.
“Yea, I really hope you get the job. Maybe I’ll see you around. And thank you again for helping me back there in the rain” I said and smiled. I walked towards my office and sat down and sighed. It’s not everyday you come across a man like that.
It had been weeks and I hadn’t seen James since that day in the rain. I never forgot him and a little part of me wished to see him again. One day a knock came on my office door.
“Come in” I called from my seat.
James entered the room and smiled.
“Remember me?” He said laughing.
“James!” I say laughing.
“Did you get that job?” I asked curiously.
“I did, they said I was ‘the perfect man for it’” He said sitting down.
James twirled me around the room, and then pulled out my chair for me.
“Thank you” I say giggling.
“Why are you giggling?” James asked.
“Cause your just so sweet” I say blushing.
“You think I’m sweet? Awwww thanks” He said clutching his heart.
“Oh stop it. Can we eat?” I ask staring hungrily at the spaghetti dinner James made.
“Wait a second, I have grab the the potatoes” James said getting out of his chair.
“Potatoes? What about potatoes?!” I asked. Who eats potatoes and spaghetti?
“Oh alright, dig in!” James said bringing the potatoes. Turns out potatoes and spaghetti are really good.
After supper we curled up on his couch with blankets and hot chocolate and watched The Avengers. It was all so perfect.

“HONEY WAKE UP AND MAKE BREAKFAST” Damian yelled pulling the covers off the bed.
“I’m so sorry I overslept” I said meekly as I jumped out of bed and raced into the kitchen to start preparing the meal. That was such a perfect dream I knew it was too good to be true, I thought as I chopped green onions and put them into the scrambled eggs.
Knock Knock Knock.
I bustled to the front door and opened it. There stood James Kolbert.
“H-hello? I stammered.

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Post by Adley☮ on Fri Oct 17, 2014 5:43 pm

I could barely stay standing, my stomach hurt so badly from nervousness. I had met Sir Edward’s daughter Catherine the day before, which was quite an awkward experience. I had tried to be a gentleman towards her but found myself unable to speak; her beauty was terrifying. She, as I expected, had been shy and resentful towards me. Now here I was, standing in front of a small crowd, about to be married to the girl. I pitied her, being forced to marry wasn’t what either of us wanted. I always tried to discard emotions and accept life as it was, but I still felt resentful about the arrangement.
My resent was quickly replaced by nervousness as Catherine began to walk down the aisle towards me. I had thought her beauty terrifying the day before, now I was questioning my ability to say any vows when the time came.

Two months later:
“So you went and got married, while I was gone”, laughed my older brother.
“Well I didn’t have much say”, I complained.
“Hah, I’m just glad it wasn’t me”.
“You’ve had some experience with women, how do you attract them?” I asked.
My brother turned to me, surprised at the sudden topic change and with a stern look said “you’re married now, you can’t go chasing girls”.
“No, no, not me, a friend of mine, he expects me to know everything about women now and I don’t know what to say to him”.
“What friend?” My brother asked, in disbelief.
“I made friends while you were away”.
”I don’t believe you, now why would you want to know about women anyway?” asked my brother, a smile on his face.
“I don’t know I’m just awkward around them”.
“Yes, but you’re already married, I know you’re not the cheating type, so you don’t need women skills anymore, unless…” my brother paused and then burst out laughing.
“What’s so funny?” I snapped.
“You’ve fallen in love with your wife”.
I just stared at him, he was right. I suppose he deserved to know the truth; he was my brother and best friend.
“Yes, I have”, I said, turning my face away from him.
“Brother, your already married to her, all you have to do is treat her nice and she’ll love you back”.
“I don’t think it’s that easy, women need to be impressed and wooed”
“Wooed?” teased my brother, “So you want to write her a song?”
“I don’t know!” I said frustrated, “you’re the love expert”.
“Women are hard to explain, but I can try to help you out a bit”.
My brother was always like that, terrible at explaining things, but always willing to help me with anything.


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