“Two-Minute Tuesdays” are a series of micro-stories written in
five ten minutes or less. Consider them “public practice,” like that guy who shoots free throws in the park. Prompts are supplied at the bottom in case you want to try your own hand at one of them.
Ed and Eduardo
“She’s totally in to me. She’s totally in to me. She’s totally in to me.”
Ed repeated the words feverishly to himself just as his love coach had told him to. Eduardo, assistant dean at the Don Juan School of Seduction and Romance, was a tall, dark, Italian man always wore leather shoes and smelled faintly of aftershave. The maestro had poked Ed in the chest that morning to drive his point home.
“Remember, she is in to you! She wants you to sweep her away like a knight on horseback! She wants to you to make love to her all night long and into the morning! She wants to take you in her hands and –”
“All right, all right, I get it!” said Ed hastily, cutting off his teacher. “She’s totally in to me!”
Ed jolted back into the present. She was looking at him from the other end of the park bench.
“I — um — what?” said Ed.
“You were talking out loud,” she said.
“Oh. Oh! I’m sorry,” said Ed.
She looked down. “Your fly’s open.” She left.
Ed sighed. “She’s totally in to me, all right.”
(prompt: write an embarrassing story on a park bench)
(I definitely didn’t realize that I’d given both of my characters the same name until after I went through and read it again. Whoops!)