I love Didi’s WIP writing challenges!
Here’s the link to her August challenge:
Hunter was feeling low. He really didn’t like birthdays.
As he wallowed, his phone buzzed.
Hunter managed a small smile. Bethany was so kind. And, unfortunately, Hunter had the hots for her.
As he composed his reply, more texts came in. Hunter’s heart rose out of his stomach, ever so slightly.
People really do care, he thought.
I do have friends.
Then, a puzzling text from Lizzie came in.
Hey baby, wanna meet me at the arcade tonight? It’s half-price!
Hunter shook his head. He loved how Lizzie tried, but sometimes, she tried too hard. And she knew full well how much he hated his birthday. But, she wanted to pull him out of his misery, in whatever way she felt like could work.
Hunter smiled slightly, contemplating his response.
From Lizzie: Baby? Are you okay?
From Belle: Happy Birthday, Hunter! Hope you’re doing something fun tonight!
From Bill: Enjoy your birthday, dude! Can’t wait to celebrate soon!
Irritated, Hunter nearly threw his phone against the wall. That’s how the last two got broken.
He thought better of it. Pacing the room, he only texted Lizzie back.
Sure, sweetie. The arcade sounds like fun. What time?
Lizzie responded within seconds.
6:00. And don’t be late!
Hunter drove the 10 miles to the arcade, lost in the music. He smiled a bit wider, excited to see Lizzie.
At 6:02, he walked into the arcade. Lizzie greeted him with a long kiss, a flick of the tongue, and then she took his hand and rounded the corner.
“SURPRISE!! Happy Birthday, Hunter!”
Hunter’s eyes went wide, and then filled with tears. Everyone was there – Lizzie, Bethany, Will, Belle, Bill, Robert, Adam, and a few others.
“I’m definitely surprised. Thank you.”
A man of few words, Hunter felt his heart lift higher. He hugged Lizzie tightly, whispered his thanks, and was simply overwhelmed.
As Bill raised the toast of soft drinks to another trip around the sun, Hunter’s smile grew wider.
“Well, friends, this is the first birthday where I haven’t felt miserable. Thank you, Lizzie. Thanks, everyone. Now, let’s shut up and play some games!”
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂