A Love Story

He mutters and grumbles to himself in his sleep. She rolls nearer to him, unable to rest, unable to tell him how she feels – he would never understand her. He turns his head away in the darkness, struggling to maintain his grip on his fleeting dreams. She smiles to herself and into the night as he starts to awaken, his schedule now like clockwork, his routine settling and helping them both though the day. She drags him toward her breast and he writhes inside his blanket – grizzling and nuzzling before he attaches and starts to feed. The warmth of her baby lures her away from her paranoid insomnia and back under the spell of Morpheus.

This story is a response to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge, to write a love story in less than 333 words, without using any of these thirty-three words (or their variations) from this list:


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6 thoughts on “A Love Story

  1. barbara says:

    the love of a mother for her babe . . . 🙂 beautiful piece.

  2. Steven E.A. says:

    I love creative interpretations of writing prompts. Very well done.

    There was a minor typo, I think — “She drags him toward her breast and [he] writhes inside his blanket.”

    Well done.

  3. jesterqueen1 says:

    Oh yeah – those moments right before he-who-must-be-nursed-right-now (and before that she-who-must-be-nursed-right-now were awful. I didn’t want to wake the baby because… sheesh maybe THIS would be the ‘sleep through this feeding so Mama can start really sleeping’ night. And yet, I couldn’t just rest. The anticipation of “almost time almost time, must apply mouth to milk source before screaming begins in less than five seconds” was too great to let me sleep.

  4. karen says:

    Perfect. Such a beautiful interpretation of the prompt.

  5. Thanks so much for linking up this weekend. Remember, this weekend’s entries are being judged by the Trifecta community so make sure you visit the site to register your vote! Hope you can join us for Monday’s prompt!

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