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Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Friday Fictioneers

Good afternoon (for those in the EST zone, anyway) my fellow writers and readers.  It is already Wednesday so, time for another Friday Fictioneer 100-word story.  This week, our fearless leader, Rochelle, has chosen a picture from another master of the short story, c.e. ayr.  So many places I though of going and yet, when my fingers hit the keyboard, and after many starts, edits, cuts, restarts, this is what came out.  I dunno… sometimes you just have to let go.

Should you wish to join in on the fun (and it is fun, I promise you), just click on Rochelle’s name for the rules and regs.  To read more stories inspired by this interesting rock, click on the blue frog and enjoy!

Between a Rock and a Hard Place


She felt stuck.

She went on a coffee date with one man and their conversation lasted over two hours – a exhilarating, intellectual connection.  Further phone conversations yet no second date.

So, when the persistent fellow she had always dismissed asked her on a date, she acquiesced.  Nice guy, uncomplicated, rough around the edges.  But then they kissed.  Whoa!  The passion was palpable.  They met several more times and the passion increased.  It was exhilarating.

She knew herself enough to know that eventually, she would also need more intellectual stimulation.


Or, maybe it was time to just let go.




90 thoughts on “Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Friday Fictioneers

    • I think that is her fear. All is fine and dandy while in a passionate fog but once that fog clears, and, let’s face it, it will, eventually; will it be enough?


    • ha ha ha ha! You kill me Lori! Yeah… I think that is what is keeping her from letting go and just going with it. She knows eventually she’ll need some culture and other type of stimulation…

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    • Why thank you, Kelvin! I just love Elephant Journal. They really share some good stuff. This one happened to pop up just as I needed it!

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  1. Tough choice. Usually a combination of the two works best. Doubt she could keep them both on a string for long. Then again, if she never actually sees the intellectual one…


    • Dang! I checked quickly before using that as a title as I was sure there would be more!
      I will be scoping your out soon!


  2. This is a really well written story that pulled me along. In some ways you’re describing the tension between a happy life and a joyful life. Which of those you pick is very much down to your personality.

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  3. Dear Dale,

    She really is between a rock and a hard place. Perhaps the man of passion will surprise her with intellect. 😉 No advice on this end as one who longs for a little more intellect. As always, your stories are so real, gently hard hitting and well written. This one is no exception.



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  4. I’d drop the first one, he seems a bit too arrogant. There’s nothing wrong with passion as long as she doesn’t lie to #2 and pretends that she wants more. And maybe he surprises her with depth and intelligence, even if he is rough around the edges. Interesting story, Dale.

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    • He might just be slow on the uptake 😉 Or waiting for a sign he’s not getting!
      Maybe she does want more from #2 but doesn’t know if he can give it to her…
      Glad you liked, Gabriele!

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  5. Ah, the perils of coffee. I don’t drink it normally, although, I’m inclined to indulge on occasion.

    Ah, the perils of dating, too. Always some good honesty in your works, Dale. Like Rochelle says, “gently hard-hitting and well-written.” (Yes, I have original thoughts, but I’ve been up most of the night trying to sleep. Queen Cuzzin’ Shelley and I went out for burnt ends at the BBQ place last night that should be a shrine to great eating. I’m still feeling it today — food hangover. Exquisite!)

    Five out of five Mrs. Olsens.

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    • Thank you, Kent
      I heard you two had a fabulous time yesterday!
      Those food hangovers can be so uncomfortable…


  6. Romance can be so complicated. One minute women want you to tease their intellect and the next they go chasing something rock hard.

    P.S. – I like the cute little caricature 🙂


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