15 Minute Writing Challenge – Full Disclosure

They toured the house with the real estate agent.

“We love it,” he said. “Is there anything we should know about the house’s past?”

The agent looked down. For a split second, her lips tightened, as if she was trying to decide whether to say something or not, then her head popped up and she said “Nope!” in the bright, chirpy voice she had used through the whole tour.

She made eye contact with Nicole for a moment, then jerked her head away.

“Great,” Richard said, giving the house one last quick eye-sweep before grabbing my hand and giving it a squeeze. “We’ll make the offer this afternoon. It’s perfect.”

Biting her bottom lip, Nicole forced a smile when he looked at her. He was right. The house was perfect for them. Two kids and two dogs, the big fenced in backyard was a huge improvement over their current starter home that had neither of those two things. While Richard had his eye on the two-car garage, which would one day house that old Mustang rusting in a front yard on Mulberry, the library, complete with a reading spot inside a bay window overlooking an overgrown flower garden, was the final selling point for Nicole. That library would be her girl cave. She was sure Richard only saw the price tag of purchased books that much shelf space would bring, but considering not-his-yet Mustang, he wouldn’t have dared say.

They had worked hard to get to this point, both trading out their respective dreams and moving up the ladder to one day own the perfect home. And it was perfect.

Never one to be able to hide the looks on her face from Richard, he waited for the agent to turn around before mouthing “What?”

Nicole shook her head. There was no point in saying anything. He would think she was being paranoid. Sure, he’d go the extra mile, ask a few more questions, maybe even search the web for something on the house. In his defense, her gut instincts weren’t always on point. While they were rarely wrong, they could be off the mark a little. Okay, maybe more than a little. While Nicole could sense when something was happening, the reasoning behind it wasn’t always what her brain made up on its own.

But then again, sometimes it was. Sometimes, it was flat on point and failing to listen to it had led to some rough times.

As the real estate agent started chattering about things Nicole didn’t care about, she made the decision to discuss it with him in the car.

Something was wrong with their perfect house. She just knew it and if he didn’t listen, she was going to find out for herself, before they signed on the dotted line.

15 minutes of writing. Minimal edits. Publishing whatever comes out.

Prompt (The Writing Prompt Bootcamp)

Full Disclosure

They toured the house with the real estate agent.
“We love it,” he said. “Is there anything we should know about the house’s past?”
The agent looked down.


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Michelle Leigh Miller is an independently published author, freelance writer, and blogger in Southeastern Ohio. Basically, she is just writing words.

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