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Gran Canaria – January 29th, 1988
I’ve never broken the heart of anyone (well, not that I know of). For days I’ve been feeling really guilty about ‘standing-up’ Wilfred. I asked myself how I would have felt if it had been me. No doubt I’m going to find that out as I continue this journey they call life.
I almost turned back when I got to Wilfred’s hotel. If it hadn’t been for one of his friends spotting me, then I probably would have. After all, Wilfred goes home tomorrow, and we’re probably never going to see each other ever again, but I don’t think I could have lived with myself if I had done that.
Not only was Wilfred dark and moody when I saw him but I could tell from his face that he was heartbroken. I must have apologised to him at least a hundred times before the real dark side of Wilfred revealed itself. It wasn’t me that had broken his heart. It seems he’d been using me as a pawn to get back at somebody else!
Heartbroken? As I left the hotel, not only did I feel like the biggest fool in the world, but my heart was broken at being told that it was not me that had broken a heart. I had merely been used as a weapon to try and break the heart of another person.
Welcome to this new feature on Hugh’s Views and News. In this feature, I will be sharing snippets from my diary of 1988. We’ll also take a trip in Hugh’s Music Time machine to hear some songs from the 1980s which have been chosen by some specially invited guests.
This week my guest is the author, writer, blogger and ‘writing-champion’, Charli Mills. Like all my guests, Charli was asked to choose a random date and chose the 29th January. So, the above entry from my diary comes courtesy of Charli.
For those that don’t know Charli, she’s the brilliant mind and head of the community over at the Carrot Ranch, a place where hundreds of writers meet every week to participate in a 99-word flash fiction challenge. Many of my own flash fiction stories have come from the prompts set by Charli. Not only is it a fun weekly challenge to participate in, but it helps writers develop their work and stretch their creative minds.
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Charli has gone on to publish a book that contains some of the stories the community at the Carrot Ranch has submitted. The book also includes tips on how to use flash fiction in classrooms, book clubs, and writers groups.
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I have to thank Charli for not only being my guest today but for also helping me put together my first collection of short stories. The last story in my book, Glimpses, is called ‘The Library’ and was written in response to one of Charli’s challenges. More of my stories from her challenges will feature in my next short story collection.
Charli’s song choice from the 1980s is ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ by Kim Carnes.
Originally written and released in 1974, the version by Kim Carnes was a far more significant hit and went on to spend nine weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It went on to become the number one song on the singles charts of another 21 counties.
From listening to the lyrics of the song, I think Wilfred may well have had ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ on that last day of his holiday. Do you have a favourite song associated with ‘eyes’ or the way somebody is looking at you? Share a link to it in the comments section. Thanks for the excellent song choice, Charli.
Connect with Charli
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/ CarrotRanch/
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/ author/charlimills
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Next week, the holiday is at an end, and I’m making my way back to London. I wonder what awaits me when I get home?
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