Writing Prompt: Comfort and Dog

Write as much as you can in fifteen minutes using two words given to you. Words may be reused, but the writing/story will always be different.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Some of my writing may be more appropriate for mature audiences than for younger audiences or children. Please read with caution.**

Writing Prompt: Comfort and Dog

Jade opened the door to her apartment. She had had a rough day. It started when the day shift forgot to stock the bar. She was annoyed, but she could make it work, but she hated going into the cellar to retrieve more stuff. She knew Ford must not have worked that day. He would have had everything looking great for her. 

Sadly, when she went into the cellar, she found more than she bargained for. She found her boss bent over the table with her boyfriend, Luke, right behind him. They looked like they had been at it for a while based on the look of pure pleasure on their faces. The look of horror that replaced the bliss was almost worth having to see it. 

She wasn’t even going to confront the two. It’s not like her and Luke have ever really even had sex. She guessed he needed it from somewhere. The only thing that upset her was that he didn’t feel the need to tell her that he was interested in men. It wouldn’t have been a deal breaker, but she would have stepped aside and let him pursue his passions if he needed to. They had been together for five years, but they had known each other since they were in diapers. 

She decided to let it go and begin working. Business was starting to pick up. She had her usual regulars and some very obvious tourists stop in. Most of them tipped well. That cheered her up a bit. She knew she was going to need all the comfort she could get when her shift was over. She knew that her and Luke weren’t really getting along well lately. It seemed as more time went by that their time was over. It didn’t take the pain of it all away though.

As the hours went on, she noticed that Luke had decided to linger. She knew he was waiting on business to slow down so they could talk. That’s just how he was. Sadly, the business slowed down and she watched as he moved toward her. 

“Babe.”

“Really? You’re going to start with babe?”

“I’ve been calling you babe since we were five. Cut me some slack.”

“I’m not mad for the reasons you think I am.”

“You… what?”

“Luke. We haven’t been okay for awhile. It’s obvious to us and everybody in town. I’m upset that you couldn’t bother telling me that you were into men. I would have supported you. You know that.”

“I know. It’s just hard. It’s really hard for me to come to terms with the fact that I am into men. That the thought of a muscled man makes me shiver. People are going to look down on me for my decision.”

“They don’t matter, Luke. Those of us who love you will still be by your side when they leave. That’s where your focus needs to be.”

“You still love me?”

“Luke Allen Cains. Don’t you pull that on me. I’ve loved you since I was two years old. That’s not going to change just because we aren’t together anymore.”

“Shucks, Jade. You’re right. I’m sorry.”

“It’s okay. I get it. So are you and Tom….”

“Not yet. I don’t know. It’s so complicated.”

“You’ll figure it out.”

“Thank you.”

They hugged and said their goodbyes. The rest of the night went by uneventfully. It was pretty slow and she was able to get her usual prep work for her shift done before closing. She was even able to get a good chunk of reading in. The only other disruption was a fight that broke out. But Tom managed to break it up. Tom tried to talk to her, but she assured him that they were okay. He surprised her by crying and hugging her and telling her he wanted to talk to her about it from the beginning. She admitted that she wished he had. 

Jade shook herself from the thoughts of the night and the conversation that hadn’t gone as terribly as she thought it would. She was still wounded. She thought Luke would feel comfortable telling her anything. She was wrong. She stopped in her tracks when she noticed an odd smell. Then she heard a shuffle followed by a thumping. The thumping turned out to be a tail wagging.  

She inched closer to the dog she was sure hadn’t been here when she left. Not that she didn’t love dogs, but she just didn’t have one. She once had a cat, but he kept going next door to see the neighbor and eventually just quit coming back. It was fine with her. At the time she was working too much for a pet anyways. The dog seemed friendly and let her pet it. It was then she realized it had a note on it. 

Luke was a very bad boy. Nobody should ever hurt my Jade. At least I am comforted knowing that Shadow here never will. Take care, my love.

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