An Ode to Love

I looked up and stood transfixed, smitten all over again by her heavenly beauty. Standing on the balcony, under the pale moonlight, she looked ethereal.

She looked around the courtyard, as if searching for something, or someone, and said in a musical voice, “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”

I could not resist any more, and started climbing up the ladder.

Just then, she finally saw my ode to our love. Her voice became even more lilting and excited, as she said, “What is this that thou hast made for me Romeo? A giant heart, carved in the courtyard. Come up quick, so that I can shower thy upturned face with a million kisses.”

I rushed up the ladder, looked deeply into her blue eyes, and said, “My Juliet, there is nothing I will not do for thee.”

And suddenly, a deep voice answered from below the ladder, “Would that include an year’s jail and a fine of 100,000 Euros for trespassing and defacing a historical monument in Verona, Sir?”


170 words.

Written as a part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, hosted by Priceless Joy. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story in 175 words or less, based on the weekly photo prompt given above. This week’s photo has been contributed by Yinglan. For more information, visit HERE. To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.





About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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16 Responses to An Ode to Love

  1. Meena says:

    Haha! Rude awakening for Romeo. Good one

  2. Fandango says:

    It does resemble a crudely drawn heart, doesn’t it? I was thinking about writing something around that shape, but I ended up with the dinosaur footprint.

  3. Moon says:

    Wonderful story, Anurag . Loved the dialogue.🙂

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Haha! Wonderful last line, would make a great comedy sketch 🙂

  5. Graffiti is bad enough but that…! Nice one Anurag.

  6. Hahahaha! I love it! This story is fantastic!

  7. Nona says:

    Oh no! Poor Romeo. lol

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