Thieves

The question is implicit, the answer inevitable. You snag olives off my plate while I pretend not to see. Another man might’ve grumbled, or stolen the cherry from your drink. I steal a kiss instead and make long, lingering plans for later.



24 responses to “Thieves

  1. Haha, banking the favor! You are so good at this. I still find microfiction SO challenging. But you are making me love it, how you can pack such a punch in 42 words!

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  2. Olives and cherries. My kinda gal ! Loved this response.

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  3. Pretending not to see. Loved this!

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  4. Jennifer G. Knoblock

    Very nice combination of abstract and concrete, the implicit question and oh, yes, olives. Love the ending, “…long, lingering plans for later.”

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  5. Love the long, lingering plans and the way you fit so much playfulness in this.

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  6. Evocative word choices. Lovely interpretation, Christine :))

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  7. This is lovely! Beautiful words evoke a charming image.

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  8. You get a hundred-year pardon for stealing from a thief in Spain : ) Don’t know what you get for doing what long, lingering plans call for… hehe. < 3

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  9. True love, I think, is in the air. 🙂
    I like saving myself for later…much later.

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  10. Sorry, but even strangers can steal olives off my plate and I wouldn’t care. Still loved this!

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  11. Titillating scene. I wonder what else was at the table!

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  12. I like the open ended promise of “lingering plans for later”. Makes a person’s imagination run wild. Love the sexual tension you created here.

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  13. I’m not going to mention the tension, or the plans but I will say that you can always ask the waiter for more olives.
    This was really good Christine. You have outdone yourself

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  14. I appreciate the consonance you brought to this piece: long/lingering, plate/pretend and the assonance in implicit/inevitable. The detail of him pretending not to notice the thievery tells so much about their relationship. And the ending hints to so much that will come.

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    • Nate, I’m doing an actual little happy dance here at my desk, because you so obviously got what I was trying to do, both with the words I used and what I left out. Which means, I hope, that it worked. 🙂

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  15. Lingering plans for later…love that idea.

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  16. Oh I’m smiling – like the idea of snagging olives and the last sentence is wonderful. It almost turns the innocent menacing.

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  17. I love it! Wonderful work.

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  18. So clever, creative, and intriguing. Love your response to the prompt!

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  19. Is this a true romance or does he have expectations or some other intent? This is so great! I can’t wait for more.

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