It’s day 14 of the #RockTheTurvy writing challenge over on Instagram! Yesterday characters danced at a rave. Today Emily Swift attempts to cook a nice Valentine’s Day dinner for her boyfriend Jack.
To the tune of: Head Over Feet, by Alanis Morissette.
Emily left NYC early to spend Valentine’s Day with Jack. The plan: Surprise him with roast duck. While the bird cooked, she added frosting to a store-bought carrot cake. A pile of marzipan carrots sat on the counter.
William stalked into the kitchen and wrapped his tail around her leg, batting her several times. His “Murr?” floated up from the floor.
“Not now, buddy,” Emily told him. “I’ve got to get this done before Jack gets home.” Her words earned a butt flicker. William marched out of the kitchen, his tail trailing behind like some sort of short-necked, furry Brontosaurus.
BZZT! The dryer sounded from the basement.
“Crap.” Emily left her cake duties to retrieve her slinky red dress before it wrinkled.
After shuffling from the basement to the second floor with her laundry, Emily returned to the kitchen.
William sat on the counter by the carrot cake, all four paws wearing white frosting.
“William!” Emily yelled.
The gray and white cat’s tail swished and knocked a handful of marzipan carrots onto the floor. He tossed a smug look at Emily before jumping off the counter and scampering out of the room.
“Blasted cat,” Emily complained. She opened the oven door to check on the bird. Funny, it didn’t look very golden. She sniffed. No fancy aroma from the fancy bird. She poked it with a finger. Cold. Confused, Emily checked the oven’s settings. Gah! She’d set the start time for 3AM, not 3PM. She glanced at the clock. Jack would be home soon. She cranked the temp to broil…
An hour later…
“It’s smoky in here,” Jack noted when he arrived home. He gave the bird the side-eye. “Little dark on the outside?”
Emily, working through her second glass of wine, spun the bird around so Jack could see where she’d cut into the duck.
“Little raw on the inside?” Jack winced. He leaned over, checking the carrot cake. “Is that cat hair?”
Emily glared at Jack.
“Would Betty Crocker like to go out to dinner?” Jack teased. “I mean, it’s no raw duck, but I know a nice sushi place.”
…Tune in tomorrow as the rest of the D2D characters pick up Emily and get back on the road! (That post is now ready – click here!)
🎶 Listen to Head Over Feet by Alanis Morissette on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/4iuO49jbovg
Readers – Not on Instagram?
That’s okay! I’ll be sharing my Instagram posts daily here on my blogsite AND daily on Facebook at Writer Tracy Brown so you can read them there, too. Make sure you check for a new story every day in February!
What’s This Mean for Door to Door Characters? I’ll be dropping Emily Swift and crew into a story, a scene, a situation, etc. matching the “prompt of the day” from the challenge. Writing prompts include: finding a dead body, having a house party, celebrating New Year’s Eve, bungee jumping, breaking down on a deserted road, getting a first kiss – and much more!
What makes the #RockTheTurvy extra special is that I’ll also be picking a song to go with the scene.
If you ARE on Instagram, make sure you’re following me at https://www.instagram.com/WriterTracyBrown/ to see the posts there! But again, as long as you check out my blog list or my Writer Tracy Brown page every day, you can read all the short stories without Instagram. 🙂