Monday, September 16, 2013

Melinda's New Suitor . . . by Jesseca

I have received 2 fan stories recently. Everybody appears to want to marry Melinda off. LOL Both fan stories are about Melinda and her suitors. Here is the first one, by Jesseca.


I thought I would take a little time to write about Melinda's latest suitor.  I had hoped she would stay away from boys for a while after what happened with Jeffery Sullivan, but of course I got no such luck. 
Just two weeks later Melinda seemed to forget all about Jeffery Sullivan when Justin's new law clerk, David, came to town. You see, Tim had taken a vacation for a couple weeks and Justin needed someone to replace him while he was gone. He had met David in San Francisco when he had gone to school there and they had kept in contact. I guess David was pretty taken with Melinda, because right away he asked if he could court her, and the answer had been yes.
Well, one day when he was planning to come to our house to see Melinda and take her out for a buggy ride, I decided to test David and see if he was worthy of seeing my sister. I tried and tried to think of a way to do it but I couldn't ever think of something good enough.
Then I had an idea. It was late August and still hot, so he wouldn't mind a dip in the water trough, would he? If David was as nice as Melinda thought he was, he would probably laugh and think it was a good joke, just like Chad and Mitch would. But if he was like Jeffery he would get upset.
There was only one problem. How could I get David to “accidentally”  fall in the water trough?
He's no cowboy, but he's nice!
At this point, I rethought my plan. I mean . . . if Justin approved him, and Justin was a good judge of character, then that should be good enough, right?  But all my brothers had approved of Jeffery, and he proved to be nothing but a double-crossing rat.
No, I had to see for myself.
Instead of having David fall into the water trough, I decided to do what I had done to Mitch while back—pour a pitcher of water on him. There was this huge tree that grew right next to the lane leading up to the ranch. If I could climb that tree and wait until David was driving up our lane, I could easily dunk him then.
I knew I was risking a lot. Melinda would be mad, and Mother and Justin wouldn't be too happy either. I went into the barn, grabbed a bucket, and filled it up at the pump. I was still debating whether or not I should do it when I heard buggy wheels turning into our lane. It was now or never!
I ran as quickly as I could to the tree and climbed up just in time. As David drove slowly under the large, shady branches of the tree, I tipped the bucket over and dunked him right on the head with cold water. Then I shimmied down the tree.
I was about to run off when I felt myself grabbed from behind. Obviously, it hadn't taken David as long as I thought to recover from the shock of the cold water. He picked me up and ran toward the barn and . . . would you believe it? He dunked me in the water trough just as Mitch had done! 
I sat up sputtering from the cold water and looked up into his laughing blue eyes. “Truce!” I yelled as he was about to dunk me again.
He laughed. “That was fun! Nothing like cold water to cool a man off on  a hot day!”
I laughed as well. “Are you here to see Melinda?”
“Yes, as a matter of fact I am.”
We walked into the house, and Melinda jumped up when she saw us. “What happened?” she exclaimed. “Are you both okay?”
“We're fine,” David said. “We just had a little fun outside. Isn’t that right, Andi?”
I laughed. “That's right!”
David turned to Melinda. “Are you ready to go?”
“I am, but don’t you want to change first? You could wear some of Justin's clothes.” 
David laughed. “No, it'll keep me cool on our drive. See you later, Andi!  
Thanks for the fun!”
“You’re welcome. I'll be glad to do it again anytime!”
“I might just take you up on that offer,” he replied.
As Melinda went to the closet to get her hat, I walked over to her. “David's really nice. I'm glad he’s courting you and not somebody else.”
Melinda smiled. “Thanks, Andi . I'm glad he is too!”

32 comments:

  1. That was a great story, Jesseca!

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  2. I liked it Jesseca! Much better than Jeffery any day :)

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    1. Hey, someone should write a story about one of her brothers getting married!

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    2. I might try that! :-)
      Which one do you think should get married first?

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  3. Hey Mrs. M,
    I'm not sure if this is considered an author trivia question, but I was wondering if when you were writing books 1&2, if you knew that you were going to write about Kate in book 3?
    ~Leah

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    1. I will answer that in an author trivia post, Leah. Thanks!

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    2. That's a great question Leah! It's definatetly an author trivia question. I bet Mrs. M had a vague idea of putting Kate in the third book. I loved the story! David definatetly has a good sense of humor! He didn't even tell Melinda. I hope Tim stays away! He's what some would call a bur under the saddle lol. I can see Melinda marrying this David!

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    3. Sweet! I can't wait :)
      ~Leah

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  4. Awesome story Jesseca, you didn't tell me you were writing one!

    Mrs.Marlow, can me and 4 or my siblings enter the contest with the same email address?
    And how many winners will there be, just 1?

    Thanks,
    Rishona

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    1. Sure . . . everybody can use the same email address. There will be "2" winners (first and second place, plus the 2 honorable mentions) for each of the 3 categories. Since nobody's names will be on the entries (I will have a number system), the judges will not even know which stories are whose, or whether they are from siblings or not.

      Did that answer your question?

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    2. i meant the drawing! for 2 books!

      well now that we are talking about the contest, what is a honorable mention anyways!??

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    3. Oops. You should have asked that question in the comments for the giveaway. LOL

      I haven't decided yet how many winners. When I do, I will add it to the post. So far, it is one.

      Yes, you can still use the same email address for all of you. Just use different names.

      Honorable mention for the short-story contest is where you get mentioned and you get in the book, but you don't get any cash prizes. :-)

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    4. I thought i'd surprise you Rishona and not tell you I had been writing one!

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  5. oh, and why is everyone using (at) instead of @
    is it so like spammers can't do stuff?

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    1. Yep. I've never had a problem, however, with spammers spamming me because I used the regular address with no funny stuff.

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  6. Thanks everyone! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  7. Great story I liked it! :)

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  8. Great story Jesseca! I liked David, and he was much nicer than Jeffrey. I can see Melinda marrying this guy, as he's got a great character. I like him a lot, and you did a good job! Keep up the writing! It's great to see so many wonderful writers on here! :D

    -Calamity Rene

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    1. I can see her marrying him too! He would be a much better pick than Jeffery :)
      ~Leah

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  9. I loved your story Jesseca! David is such a nice guy. You did a good job at writing his character. I could picture him perfectly. Your quit talented:)

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  10. Thanks you all! I a really glad ya'll enjoyed it!

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  11. Mrs. Marlow, I was wondering, can I send in a fan stories anytime I write one? Also, have you gotten any stories for the contest yet?

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    1. I accept fan stories anytime. I'll just line them up in the queue for publishing whenever I have time.

      I've received a number of hand-mailed entry forms, but no stories yet. And no wonder. The contest does not end until December, and most people on my Ezine list (I send it out to 2,500) didn't even know about the contest until a week or two ago. It takes a while to write a story. You gals have the head start . . . like . . . all summer! LOL

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  12. Hehe, we did have a bit of a head start lol. Editing takes forever!

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  13. Mrs. Marlow, did you get the part 1 of the fan story I sent in today?

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    1. Uh . . . no, Jesseca, I didn't see anything. Try sending it again. Did you use the "Email Andi" box on the sidebar?

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  14. I just sent in part 2 of my story Mrs. Marlow!

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  15. I just sent you the conclusion to my story Mrs. Marlow!

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Let Andi know what you think!