This was written for the One Minute Fiction Challenge.

This week’s prompt is “Improv“.

Photo credit: Cecilia Monzolon via / CC BY-NC

I was drawn to her like a moth to a flame, ready and willing to get burned again.

She had walked into the comedy club with a bunch of friends but now she stood alone at the bar ordering a cocktail.

“I’m going to talk to her,” I heard myself saying. I slid out of the booth where we were sitting but before I could move my feet, my friends tried to reason with me as a chorus.

Don’t do it man!”

“Have you forgotten how she sliced and diced you the last time around?”

“Charlotte’s like poison to you.”

She was like sweet poison but I couldn’t help myself. I never could.

“I know but I need to talk to her.”

“What are you going to say?”

“I don’t have a fuckin’ clue but since we’re at improv night, I’m sure that I’ll figure it out…”

Before I knew it, my palm was on the small of her back as I circled her body to face her. Charlotte didn’t even flinch at the unexpected touch. Her nerves were still made of steel just as they had always been. I said nothing, truly not knowing what to say at the surprise of seeing her again.

In that short walk across the room, my bravado had disintegrated the moment I saw her luscious red lips. But just as quickly as her lips parted to speak, they closed and was replaced by a slow, seductive smile.

As Charlotte looked up into my eyes, her poison instantly intoxicated me and I couldn’t mutter an intelligible word.

All Rights Reserved ©2018 Marquessa Matthews


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