EASTERN ROMANCE

‘Authentic Chinese Cuisine’ screamed the signs for the tourists. Which struck her as odd since they were in Ho Chi Minh City and China was 2,000km north.

Still, it looked good. Pierce wasn’t convinced. ‘Hygiene standards!’ he puffed, wiping sweat from his brow with his handkerchief.

She remembered the debonair gentleman who had swept her away for an exotic tour of the Far East. Her Mr Darcy, her Heathcliff. A shame he had turned into her Charles Bovary when they had reached the humid Hong Kong air.

‘Tuck in,’ she smiled cheerily.

‘I’ll see you back at the hotel.’ Off he went, leaving her on her own.

Now, she thought, her adventure really begins.

Copyright Brenda Fox

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read more stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

I missed last week as I was off on a mini book tour, doing book events and signings for ‘The Barra Boy’ in Oban Waterstones and on Barra itself. I’ll do a separate blog post about that. For now here’s a few photos from the weekend tour.

‘The Barra Boy’ is available now. You can find all the information for getting a copy HERE.

If you do read ‘The Barra Boy’ and enjoy it, please do leave a short review and help spread the word!

46 responses to “EASTERN ROMANCE”

  1. Leaving her to become the heroine of her own dreams

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    1. Yep, who needs a Heathcliff anyway?

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  2. Great photos.
    Good story.

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  3. Mr Darcy turned into Charles Bovary Disappointing but realistic. Good story Iain

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    1. A shame, but a hope of something new for her again now.

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  4. First off, congrats on the book! Second, nice little story here.

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    1. Thank you for both 🙂

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  5. Dear Iain,

    Sometimes it takes being on your own to have an adventure. Nicely done. Congrats on the tour. Looks like it was a success.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle, I would say a minor success 🙂

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  6. What a putz! I’m glad he left her to enjoy the rest of her day without his complaining 🙂

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    1. Might be the rest of her holiday as well 🙂

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  7. Captain of her own ship, sailing off into the blush rays of a new day!

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    1. No need for a co-pilot!! 🙂

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      1. Maybe a cat, stretched out in the cockpit…

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  8. Realistic slice of life story, Iain. Way to go on the book tour.

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      1. You’re welcome 🙂

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  9. Nice! Realistic. A different ending than you might expect. Thanks, lain!

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    1. You’re welcome! Thanks Rosemary

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  10. Yay on her not letting him stop her! Maybe she will find a real Mr. Darcy 🙂

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    1. Who knows what lies ahead! 🙂

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  11. There’s nothing like traveling with a whiner (which, unfortunately, I’ve been at times. Bye-bye crank partner, hello fun!

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    1. Haha, I’m sure it wasn’t that bad, just great to be travelling these days! 🙂

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  12. Great take, she doesn’t need him dragging her down, lovely stuff

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    1. Yep, better off without her.

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  13. Great pics and congrats on the book events, Iain.
    Someone once told me of travel, it depends on who you are with. 🙂

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    1. Very much so – I like travelling on my own! Thanks Bill 😉

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  14. …and that’s why I enjoy my single life!

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    1. It does make some things a lot easier and less complicated! Thanks Keith

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  15. i’m glad he left her room to breathe and have some space to explore on her own. 🙂

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    1. She is glad too! 🙂

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  16. He sounds like a real stick-in-the-mud. Nice that he ducked out and she could have some fun. Congratulations on the new book and the tour.

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    1. Thanks Russell. I think she got everything she wanted from him 😉

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  17. I think she’ll have more fun without him!

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  18. I like the easy way she shrugs off her partner and takes hold of her own sense of adventure.

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    1. Better to leave without the baggage. Thanks!

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  19. Sounds like an exciting and delicious adventure.

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  20. I love the ending. Free at last to enjoy herself! Very happy to hear about your book tour. Exciting!

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    1. Thanks Brenda, it’s been an exciting couple of weeks seeing it hit the book stores.

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  21. There’s a lot of interesting things to get up to in Ho Chi Minh City. Sounds like she’ll make her own adventures.

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    1. She’s going to try them all! Thanks David

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  22. Yay for her! I hope she has a grand adventure. I love the style in which you wrote this.

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