Fortune of Paris

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Fortune of Paris

I concede: taking my honeymoon alone in Paris—not my best idea.

Everywhere couples are entwined.

I pause outside a shop with a sign that says “Diseur de Bonne Aventure.” An older woman examines a young man’s palm; they both glance suddenly at me. Embarrassed by my intrusion, I continue along the uneven cobblestones.

“Madamoiselle!” The young man bursts from the shop, French words bounding from his lips. I shake my head.

“English?” he asks.


He laughs. “You’re my fortune.”

I frown.

“I’m not insane, I promise. The fortune-teller said, the-love-of-my-life will be the next redhead I see.”

end 5/4/2017

S. Darlington

56 thoughts on “Fortune of Paris

  1. No hot chick has said anything like that to me since my hair turned silver. Perhaps if I were a multi-millionaire . . . .

    1. No, she’s “alone” on her honeymoon because she didn’t get married and decided to use the tickets anyway. 🙂
      We all know fortune tellers don’t lie! 😉

      1. oh….lol…it’s always a struggle with 100 words and then at this time of night my brain starts to fizzle…not that it’s in the greatest shape unfizzled. 🙂

  2. I wondered about the “honeymoon” part also until I read your comment. If that’s a pickup line, it’s a darn good one. That palm reader was smart. She saw the young redhead also. Good writing, Sascha. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. I probably need to put another word in there to clarify. So hard trying to figure out the best way to use 100 words! 🙂 (especially when you’re verbose) ha. Thanks for reading and commenting. Very much appreciated!

  3. Dear Sascha,

    Alone on her honeymoon…that tells a lot of story in very few words. Pick-up line or no, I’d love to know where this will lead. Well done.



  4. I think if your new spouse is prepared to leave you alone for your honeymoon, they have to be prepared for you to look elsewhere … Great tale. Romantic but not slushy 🙂

  5. No clarification was needed: Alone on her honeymoon speaks volumes. We can, of course, wonder why she’s alone but it doesn’t matter. And why not? It could definitely be a story to be told to future generations: So, Mum… how did you meet Dad again? 😀

    1. Thanks. You’re right. I had something fixed in my brain, which didn’t need to be fixed. (Well, actually my brain does need to be fixed, but that’s another story.) 🙂 I appreciate your thoughts.

    1. Thanks, Mandi. I might just take this one to 200 words because I really needed about 10 (or 2) more words to clarify her “status.”
      I appreciate your reading and commenting! 🙂

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