The conversation did not go as she had planned.
“You are leaving again.” It was not a question.
Hand on the doorknob, Seonid turned and smiled, radiating as much reassurance as she could muster. “No, no. I will return soon.” She stepped closer to him and murmured, “You know that I am yours completely, my love. I swear it.” The words sounded false to her ears.
“That and fivepence’d get me a fumble in a back alley.” He met her shocked eyes. “Promises are cheap liquor, Seonid. Drink and have done, if that is what you desire, but don’t expect me to pay for honey wine when you’re pouring vinegar.”
She blanched. She had not expected resistance from him, her gentle guardian, much less such courseness.
“Why do you go out?” His voice grated. His hands closed around her upper arms. “What is it you are looking for?”
“Peace,” she whispered, not bothering to struggle against his grasp, then more harshly, “To be left alone.”
He shook his head. “What is it you want?” He punctuated each word with a firm shake.
This time she pulled away. “To forget. To feel clean!”
The words rang out between them, pure and resounding. They lingered in the air like perfume. She could feel them rub and scrape against her flesh, where memory stained her skin.
“Ah. Now there’s an honest vintage.”
She ignored him, pushed past him on her way out the door. The gold of her gown swirled around her ankles as she fled, like bubbles in a glass.
This post was written in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge prompt. I suppose you could argue that this time around I used the word more in its first meaning than its third, but in my mind it’s meant more as “lacking in redeemable quality” than “inexpensive.”
You should write a creative response using the given word. You must use the word in your response, and you must use it correctly. Your response can be no fewer than 33 and no more than 333 words. This week’s word is:
cheap adj \ˈchēp\
1 a : purchasable below the going price or the real value
b : charging or obtainable at a low price
c : depreciated in value (as by currency inflation)
2 : gained or done with little effort
3 a : of inferior quality or worth : tawdry, sleazy
b : contemptible because of lack of any fine, lofty, or redeeming qualities
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