Instant Shot: #Blogbattle Week 62 Photogragh


Instant Shot: Flash Fiction

“What is it?” she asked before sucking a glob of jelly from her chubby thumb.

“What do you think it is?” he couldn’t help but smile at her candid curiosity.
She shrugged her shoulder and took another bite of her Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich. “It’s a camera,” he said, smiling.

Leaning against the kitchen island with his forearms he stared her in the eye and waited for her response.

She shook her head, gulping down milk that left a wet mustache atop her lip. “No, it’s not. Cameras are phones. I use mommies all the time.”

He shook his head but never lost his smile. What did he expect from a barely four-year-old girl. The joys he took for granted as a boy had become relics to children her age. There were even teens who were confused by such items as a polaroid camera.

Picking it up, he sat down next to her and described each piece. He waited until he saw her curiosity for it truly blossom before offering her the chance to try it out. But not before whispering the plan he had for her mother in her ear.

“What do you say? Want to see what kind of magic we can make with it?” Receiving an animated yes, he looped the strap around her neck and showed her how to snap his shot.

“She’s going to love it!” She giggled, her laughter sounding like tiny bells.

“I hope she does.” he said, sliding the developing photograph to a place of safety.

“Now my turn!” She shoved the strap over his head and struck her best pose. He laughed at the genius of it before sliding her photograph next to the other.

Then scooping her onto his lap he said, “How about we take one together now,” With an awkward slant, he snapped a shot of the two of them earning more laughter.

Then he set about writing words in the little white spaces left for just that purpose. Hearing her mother coming downstairs he hurriedly placed the pictures in order and left them right where she’d see them as he and her daughter sat innocently on the couch.

His heart drummed in his ears as he heard her mother stop in her tracks, the stillness of her presents seemed to shout in the atmosphere. Before the moment could be missed he knelt down behind her and held out his prize for her praying she’d accept.

Will you marry me? His picture read with pouty pleading lips. Can he be my Daddy? Her little girl’s picture said with the same pout and pleading expression, and then together a pitiful image that needed no written explanation but still had PLEASE scrolled at the bottom in big black letters.

“Will you?” he put a voice to his words drawing her around to him as he knelt behind her. She laughed when she saw him and her little girl still pouting and pleading.

Holding up her finger she pulled out her mobile phone and typed a quick text. His phone instantly buzzed. Reading it he felt his heart swell as he slipped the ring on her finger and stood to meet his lips with hers.

Her answer was the perfect yes to an instant shot.


*I am a few week’s rusty on Blog Battling but I am glad to be back in the challenge. This week’s Keyword: PHOTOGRAPH. My Genre: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE. To read other Blogbattle stories and cast your vote, or even to write along, you can do so by clicking HERE.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!


32 thoughts on “Instant Shot: #Blogbattle Week 62 Photogragh

    1. 😍 that is the best compliment! Romance has been my challenging genre, the one I would say doesn’t come naturally. So to read your words is so encouraging. Thank you!

  1. A beautiful romantic moment. Scenes like this always warm my heart and make me smile. ell written. 🙂

    Oh, and I love polaroid cameras. The new tech doesn’t have a patch on some of the old.

  2. Awww, such a romantic way to propose. So adorable! Beautiful writing, Candice.
    Being a thriller and horror writer, I truly had no idea where your story was going, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. 🙂

    1. Hahaha I love that your imagination was open to any and ALL possibilities here and I love even more that you enjoyed that is was romantic. I write in several diffraction genres sci-fi thrillers are my number one, but lately I’ve been stretching my wings with contemporary clean-read romance and I’ve gotten great feeder which is very encouraging.

      1. Yeah, my mind works in creepy ways.
        That’s really brave of you to have not only tried but also to pull off writing romance! That’s huge 🙂
        I also try to write simple and clean stories, but each and every time I reach the ending, I end up killing or torturing someone. Lol.
        Looking forward to reading your other stories.

      2. Lol I laugh because when I started my hand at attempting romance I said to some of my closest friends ‘yeah and nobody dies in the first few pages or at all. I mean they may die but they aren’t brutally murdered.’ So I get where you are coming from there. Thanks again for the great complaint!

      3. Lol… I totally get it. Romance is not for me, but apparently​ Dystopian, Apocalyptic (and post-apo.) and Dark fiction loves me apart from Mystery, thriller, crime and horror. So I think they’ll suffice​ me for this lifetime 😉

      1. (SCREAMING FROM EXCITEMENT!!!) Congrats you superstar you! You do such brilliant work. It makes me so happy to see you shine!

      2. I WILL! Gosh, I feel like that friend who just doesn’t know how to play it cool when their friend makes it big. Don’t mind me if I give a big cheesy grin and stand really close.

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