Bedelia and the Meet ‘n Greet

Prompt:  THUMB

It wasn’t the first thing Bedelia noticed about the man Father James introduced as his brother, but it stuck in her mind…perhaps because it was less disconcerting to ponder.

As he extended his hand to shake hers, she hesitated, seeing Finn Canter’s right thumb was well-bandaged and no doubt tender (she recalled the priest had remarked on her “firm grip”).

But he took her hand in his…holding it for what seemed ages as his faded-denim eyes smiled around the words, “it’s a pleasure to meet you, Miss Cornell”.

Father James hadn’t over-sold the Meet & Greet group, everyone was friendly toward her without being pushy…but she’d been solitary so long that attempting small talk was as constricting as her ‘going-out’ shoes, unworn for years.

And then Finn rescued her: offering a “plastic crystal” cup, he said, “I may be mistaken, but you look like a lady who prefers punch, to coffee”—(surely her face had gone crimson as she ducked her head and thanked him).

She had felt frumpy as a feed sack, entirely out of place when she’d entered the parish hall—more so, standing next to Finn, who resembled an actor she’d seen in a recent movie; now, relaxing in her recliner (her stomach still all fidgety), his quiet, pleasingly modulated voice played amid her thoughts…how could he know she didn’t drink coffee, when his priest brother didn’t know even that much about her?

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

53 thoughts on “Bedelia and the Meet ‘n Greet

  1. “…his faded-denim eyes smiled around the words.

    “…(surely her face had gone crimson as she ducked her head and thanked him)


    *compliment with overtones of total case of wordage envy.

    lol. Good Six, yo


    1. Clark, you’re a marvel–thanks so much for your great compliments. I’m beginning to think Bedelia is heaven sent…keeping her serial going is a beneficial distraction for the author 🙂


    1. Oh thank you So Much–you and Len are possibly more reliable critics than some, so I appreciate (and work hard to garner) your compliments. Glad you like the denim eyes line 🙂


  2. “…but she’d been solitary so long that attempting small talk was as constricting as her ‘going-out’ shoes, unworn for years.” Perfect. Loved poking around here, Laird. I’ve not had an easy time with poetry- you may change that!


    1. Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for being here, I’m thrilled to welcome you–and you may call me anything you like, seriously 🙂 I’ve had many blogs and usernames–so Janet calls me “Z”, another sweet gal calls me “Avia”…and not too long ago I did a post with my actual photo, and told folks they could call me by my birth name, “Leslie”. And because I’m older than almost everyone, I often go by “Auntie L”…so whatever works for you, works for me 🙂 🙂 God bless you so abundantly!! ❤


  3. Wow! So there you are! ♥️😊. Short stories, there’s your niche. Wow! I feel a little undercurrent here. Will he move her out of her shell? More please!



    1. Thanks so MUCH, Pat! Poor Bedelia, so nervous…but I have high hopes for her 🙂 ❤ The prompts are so great–always moving the stories in one direction or another 🙂


        1. Ohhh, you’re so sweet! It’s an old-fashioned name…not sure where I got it (the Muse wasn’t on the blink that day, I guess!)…could have been from one of the old black & white westerns we grew up on 🙂 But it does suit her, I think… I so appreciate your interest, thank you again!


          1. Westerns… Sounds likely. It was a really good read. And just as I was about to go digging to catch up, things got busy here. But I’ll get to it😊, looking forward to it.


  4. This is a fun read. As has been commented, your descriptions are very creative (I also love the faded-denim eyes – I can “see” this!). You give long sentences a much better reputation than they usually get 🙂


    1. Thanks so much, Andrea–and gosh, I appreciate your kind acknowledgment of my “long” sentences. It’s not easy to complete a story in 6 sentences, so I have to draw from my English teachers’ coaching to cut where possible, lest they “run on, and away” 🙂 Glad you enjoy the “denim” eyes too. I can’t remember the movie or the actor I drew from–it was recently, and the age-appropriate actor was new to me, so I filed him away for our Bedelia! 🙂 Thanks again, always!

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  5. I think devout non-coffee drinkers must have a bit of a sneer that indicates to others that they hate coffee (me, I’m one of them sneering).


    1. Hi, and thank you for your interesting comment 🙂 Thing is, I love the fragrance of coffee–I just can’t drink it (thus Bedelia doesn’t either, haha!) So, I’m not sneering–I’d feel more “normal” (in sync with most people I know) if I were a coffee drinker 🙂


  6. Loved this Rhen. And I will reiterate (and quote, as Clark did) the great line “faded-denim eyes smiled around the words”. I do enjoy your writing 🙂 And enjoying Bedelia’s evolving adventure!


    1. Bless you, Denise–this has become a surprising adventure for the author, I dare say. I think it has God’s fingerprint on it….something beneficial to work on each week, as I struggle with despair over “Everything” going on around us. Thank you for serving up fine prompts each week–blessings to you!! ❤


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