Fiction & Illustration

Scarlett hurried out of her seat when the show was over, hoping to catch the mysterious man as he exited the theater. She had prepared her speech while sitting through the final act, and she was more than ready to let him have it.

As luck would have it, a bizarre twist of fate saved her from making a terrible and inexcusable blunder. A young man went speeding down the aisle just as Scarlett stepped into it. The gentleman tripped over her foot and took an awful tumble.

If she had been wearing her formal shoes they both might have been saved from this awkward scene, but she had worn her boots that evening. They kept her feet much warmer, and were hidden beneath her gown, so she thought – at the time – that it was a good idea.

As the young man tripped, he managed to take her boot with him. When Scarlett went to apologize, and retrieve her boot, she caught a glance of the mysterious man handing the rose bouquet to one of the actors, a young woman who had played the lead role. The girl was quite excited, and her thank you kiss gave Scarlett reason to believe that the two were more than just friends.

Somewhere between the embarrassment of her boot, and gratitude for being saved from making a fool of herself in front of the mysterious man, Scarlett decided that serendipity was at work. She was a firm believer that there was no such thing as a coincidence, and she was sure that the stars had aligned in her favor that evening.

She took her boot from the young man, offered him her sincerest apology, and – with boot in hand – Scarlett limped out of the theater with a smile.


So, it appears that things are looking up for Scarlett. Her mindset, at the very least. I have a feeling we may see more of the young gentleman that she accidentally tripped – but I suppose we’ll have to wait and see how the stars align for her tomorrow. And what the word challenges inspire. Ha!

This was another fun illustration. I enjoy the lines so much more than trying to choose colors. Especially when I’m focused on a story. The boot was a last minute decision and I’m so glad I made that choice because it helped me build some story.

Anyway… that’s about all for now. Life is good here – not much to report. I started a new online class today for Adobe Acrobat, but have yet to look through the syllabus. Tomorrow!

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed tonight’s tale.


Word of the Day Challenge: Blunder

The Daily Spur Word Prompt: Twist

For me, serendipity, coincidence and chance are more interesting than any preconceived construct of our human encounters.

Charles Traub


  1. From mystery to serendipity, and our hero lives to fight another day! Your illustrations are always so good. I’m sure this one was easy by your standards, But so effective. And always thought provoking. Well done, Madame👏🌹👢🎭

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    1. Awww thank you!! Nothing is ever easy for me lol. But it does get easier each time. Hope all is well with you! When will we see another project from you?? 😳

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    2. Lol… “Here lies Janet. Nothing was ever easy for her.”😂 RIP🪦… Me neither😒…

      Your creativity is truly awesome. It can take me months to even get an idea lol… I do feel like Something new is formulating in the ether. Some small project, maybe yet this summer. We shall see.

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