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“Sometimes I think you love that mountain more than you love me.” James joked, dropping a kiss to his wife’s cheek as he passed over her coffee. She smiled and looked at him, the corners of her eyes crinkling more than they used to. They weren’t twenty anymore.

“Any post?” she asked.

“Yep. Something from the National Geographic Magazine.” he held out the envelope and she reached for it slowly.

“Another rejection letter?” she asked.

“Don’t know.” James shrugged. “You’re going to have to open it to find out.”

She took the letter from him, pinched between finger and thumb.

“Please.” she thought. “Not another rejection.”


The Volcanologist: Part Two

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Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  1. I hope it’s not another rejection letter. I liked your description of them and I could feel their love for each other. Hopefully that will help it if is another rejection.


  2. Helena Hann-Basquiat says

    I really liked these characters, and I’m dying to know what the letter says as well!

  3. Very relatable tale there, and I could really see the interaction between them. Hope she finally gets that acceptance letter!!

    • Thank you for the comment, and I’m actually going to end up doing a follow up piece to this as there seems to be a demand for it.

  4. Well, I had decided I wasn’t going to follow anymore blogs – reading too much and not concentrating enough on writing or editing my MS. ~sigh~ why do you have to write so well?

  5. I loved the crinkling eyes line, what a great way to convey age and the length of their relationship! I think there’s a typo at the end (though for thought) and I did wish you’d given us some hint that it wasn’t a rejection, leaving us with hope rather than just her desperation, but that’s just me.

    • Shush! Don’t give it away to those who haven’t read part two yet.
      But thank you for reading both parts and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

  6. rejection…so hard to take especially when flow in like a river. i enjoyed your story.

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