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My Beach Princess. A Writing Challenge by Lori Colbo (Lambservant), to Lori Colbo


Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Lori's Photo Prompt Idea

Lori Colbo has given us a writing challenge with 5 photo Prompts to tell a story and has started us of by using Prompt 1 and 2 in her story. I myself, has also used Prompt 1 and added Prompt 3, including two of my own in the story.

Lori says she loves the writing prompts and challenges we receive in Hub Pages. She feels blessed to live in the Pacific Northwest (Washington State), where they are surrounded by the Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helen's and others, lush forests, scenic ocean beaches, vast tulip fields, glorious state parks, and so much more.

Oregon is also considered the Pacific Northwest and so she has included one photo of the ocean in Cannon Beach. Lori has encouraged us to use one or more photos, and write any old way we wish to: Poetry, fiction, anything at all.

Prompt 1

Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth, Washington, is an incredibly charming location. With its fauna and flora, its verdant hue and majestic green foliage, its vast tulip fields … it is most certainly worth a visit. One can just go and bask in its magic, tugging at a background of lush forests and sky-blue hue, which comes naturally upon invitation, to kiss one’s sweet Heart.

I once heard that Cannon Beach, Oregon, was just as mesmerizing; so, dressed in a romantic mood, I decided to pay it a visit… one that was to map out the rest of my life for me forever! Strange are the ways of heaven.


A Beautiful Encounter

The first thing I noticed upon arrival, was her exquisitely beautiful face. Elegant and poised; with eyes alluringly charming, she gazed out, as if searching for infinity, across the magnificent aqua-marine waters of Cannon Beach. Beneath the heavens, the white clouds looked like soft blocks of snow in their purity, painting a tapestry of lustre, on the vast indigo sky.

I held my deck chair in my hands, but she was already sitting in hers. Feet nestling softly on the soft white sand, arms relaxed over her shoulders, her large locally made touristic string hat, dangled down the sides of her red and blue deck chair, its blue matching the colour of the sky.

I approached gentlemanly, soft smile and tender steps lighting up my path as I walked, my eyes gleaming with radiance; scanning her eyes for affinity. She turned her head slightly, me approaching from the right as our eyes made contact with each other.

“Hello there!” I said. “What a pleasant afternoon, isn’t it?”

She smiled, then looked seaward. I could see the undulating hills in the distance; the palm trees and verdant green; I could appreciate why she was so captivated by it all. Accepting the smile as a welcome, I unfolded my deck chair and sat down next to her.

“Going for a swim?” She said, in an eloquently musical voice.

“Yes.” I responded, then: “New here?”

She looked at me again, this time more intently, reading me, as if searching for my goodness.

“Yes!” She said, “But not from this country. I’m from Europe.”

And so, we continued to chat. I told her a little about me and my business, she a little about her life. She was single and 20 years old and I was 21. She said she liked an older man and so we chatted until she reminded me about my swim and I went hurriedly in, thinking only of Grace, as she was called... wanting to be with this Italian beauty.

What grace indeed! We were married three months later, and not quite nine months afterwards, we had a most beautiful baby girl named Mercy.


In Tuscany

So now we live in the beautiful hills of Tuscany. No need to look for romance, no need for breath-taking panoramas to impress my sweetheart, as every where the air is filled with it and I ‘m stunned! Tuscany, with its small towns and incredible views, is blessing and has blessed us for many decades.

Prompt 3

Cannon Beach,  Oregon

Cannon Beach, Oregon


This evening, though, I’m in a different place and a most enchanting space. I feel warm and fuzzy inside, as I look skyward, a synonym for art, beauty, and romantic love. I look at the shiny gold ring on my wife’s finger, which I’m proud to say, has stood the test of time.

We sit on a bench, two elderly people looking at the sunset. A ball of light glistens from above, kisses the crest of the sea, even while reminding me of shooting stars. Zephyrs blow, as the heavenly colours wane, shadowing our background, bench and silhouette.

To my right, there’s a lone wooden marker; to my wife’s left a gate and we seem to be in the portals of an emanating Light, whispering our victory. For it is our diamond wedding anniversary and we are meeting sixty years later, on the very same beach where we first encountered.

Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 8th March, 2020

Longevity in Marriage

© 2020 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on March 15, 2020:

I'm impressed. So sweet, so sweet!!

Sparta features in my work on Monday here (Tomorrow), about 9 -10 a.m U.S time. Those wonderful stories are very special. My Grand's lived all their lives together and were separated by death. They made over 50 years together. My mom was close but her husband passed. Thank you!

Diane Denison from Cincinnati Ohio on March 15, 2020:

An beautiful and elegant love story. manatita44 my Grandfather lived to be 101 years old. My Grandparents marriage was a beautiful lasting marriage. They came from Sparta Greece. They owned a restaurant and were together continually. Sharing this

manatita44 (author) from london on March 10, 2020:

Yes Ruby.

Does happen as you know and they seem to be the ones that tend to last. Here in the UK, a couple died last year, the woman 99 and the man 101. They had 80 years of marriage.

The following week I read of a Japanese couple, still alive, the man 101, woman 100. Also past 80 years of marriage.

One of the secrets in writing with prompts, is to bring it in late. I saw that it was an elderly couple and so I simply had to weave a story first, then end there.

In this case, the first prompt helped with the story, so I used it, then created one of my own, just so I could have the elderly couple, finishing on the same beach 60 years later. Clever eh?

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 10, 2020:

I dearly loved your story, funny how two people can meet and know without a doubt he/she is the one I want to spend my life with.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 10, 2020:

Yes. It would seem that some marriages are really made in heaven! Some are not but rest assured that God always compensates.

Thank you for liking my wonderful story. I'm very happy. Much Love.

Donna Rayne from Greenwood, Indiana on March 10, 2020:

My parents shared 55 years of marriage bliss until he suddenly passed away in July 2018. My mother still mourns his loss and she says passing days never are easy. I feel bad for her. They were together for such a long time.

I loved your story and how beautifully written it was and how it shows once chance meetings can become a life long dream come true!


Donna Rayne

manatita44 (author) from london on March 10, 2020:

Thanks Kyler.

You too, by the look of things. Gratitude.

Kyler J Falk from California on March 10, 2020:

A very inspirational, and heartwarming story, manatita! Many years of love and passion upon you and yours!

manatita44 (author) from london on March 10, 2020:

Thanks Margaret.

Welcome here. So glad you like my story and descriptions. Appreciated.

Margaret Pan from Athens on March 10, 2020:

A beautiful story, well crafted and with great descriptions.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 09, 2020:

Wow! You guys are blessed, Peggy. I thought you were married for a while, like Mary. But 50? A very Happy Golden Wedding Anniversary. Gratitude

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2020:

I once knew a couple who were married for 75 years. Later this year will mark our 50th wedding anniversary. This short story of yours is lovely.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 09, 2020:

Just for you, Sha. Just for you. Romantics only

Thank you so much!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 09, 2020:

What a beautiful love story, manatita! I love that your tale spans a lifetime and that the lovers returned to their meeting place to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

Nice job!

manatita44 (author) from london on March 09, 2020:

Yes, as a nurse, I have met a few. They come in holding hands and it is so obvious the love they feel for each other. What's gone wrong with me/us? Ha ha.

Thank you so much!!

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on March 09, 2020:

My good friends met each other in high school and are still together after 60+ years. And they are still happily in love. It's sweet to see, and worthy of a story for sure.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 09, 2020:

Ah, Pamela.

You're so kind! I was back to 18 years old, writing my short stories, beneath the palm trees in the Caribbean sunshine. He he. Thanks a lot!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 09, 2020:

This is a beautiful story and I really love your descriptions of the people and the surroundings. You certainly met the challenge.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 09, 2020:

Poor Bill,

How are you coping bro? Maybe Linda can send some food over, no? You will be too busy, Haha. Thanks bro. I'm sure my sweet piece will do for both of us.


So you are a romantic, eh? Lovely! Sweet, soft and tender, yes, that's how I like them. Gratitude.


One day you'll get there. Should be within the realms of the possible, no? Thank you so much!!

Wow! Lorna, my heart is touched. A most beautiful sentiment!! How I would love to go there! It is by all accounts very charming and magnificent indeed!!

Lorna Lamon on March 09, 2020:

You have captured the essence of romance in this beautifully woven tale Manatita. I love the gentlemanly approach and the happy ending against the elegance of Tuscany, where I have lived and still have family ties. This appeals to the romantic in me - so enjoyable.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 09, 2020:

I'm glad to see you take on Lori's challenge. I wanted to, but no time with Bev gone for five days. Well done my friend.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on March 09, 2020:

Oh, Manatita44, you told it so softly and so whisperingly and making ultimately it a diamond. I adore your story. Good work.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 09, 2020:

manatita44 you have summed up well with a beautiful story to Lori's challenge. It is nice to see writers are upbeat for a challenge and to share a great story. A very interesting story that caught my attention and the ending speaks for itself.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 09, 2020:

Rosina and Tiyasha,

You guys are both lovely and awesome! Thanks a million!

Tiyasha Maitra from Gurgaon on March 09, 2020:

Oh such a beautiful story. And a very elegantly constructed narration. Enjoyed it.

Rosina S Khan on March 09, 2020:

What a superb romantic story! I love happy endings. Thank you for meeting up with the photo prompt challenge, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 09, 2020:

Thank you, Lori.

It was good for me to return to the creative. Gratitude

Thanks John,

Have a go. Appreciate your fine sentiment.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 09, 2020:

This was a delightful love story manatita. The first response I have seen so far to Lori's challenge, and a fine one indeed. I hope to find the time to participate as well. :Let's just see.

Lori Colbo from United States on March 09, 2020:

Lovely lovely lovely. Thanks for taking the challenge. Well done.

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