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I leave my underwear all over the house, but my wife doesn't think it constitutes flirting.

I loved the ending, Meg. Excellent work. 😁

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C’mon Brian, own it: leaving your underwear around IS flirting.

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lol, well I certainly think it is, especially when I make a big show of it.

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If we can’t call some of the stupid crap we do flirting (and when I say we, I mean guys), there’s no hope!

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You're not being very inclusive, Tom. No one flirts stupider than me. I guarantee it.

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But you’re a guy, Meg! I didn’t say “male” 😀

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Thank you, Brian.

I think once the underwear ventures into "laundry" territory, the cute factor wears off. Unless part of the flirtation is you picking them up and putting them away afterwards.

Now, that's hot. 😏

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But not quite as hot as emptying the dishwasher or folding the laundry.

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We don't own a dishwasher. My husband hand washes everything. Something to consider for your next anniversary. 😇

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No dishwasher?!? You should ask your husband to remodel the kitchen. I'm getting the vapors just thinking about it.

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8 years so far without one. Also, we're a fiction writer and a PE teacher respectively. In what fantasy world can we afford a kitchen remodel. 😂

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First thing I did when I moved into my new place was to remove the dishwasher and the garbage disposal. Of course,my boy is a plumber, so it was an easy (read free) choice.

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Sep 14, 2023Liked by Meg Oolders

It's a good thing I haven't had coffee yet, else said coffee would be all over my keyboard from giggling.

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Tee hee. 😉

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That was a really fun story

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Thanks, Tom! 💛

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Sep 14, 2023Liked by Meg Oolders

BB..... beyond brilliant.....

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Thanks, Mom! ❤️

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Loved this, Meg. It takes me back to the days when I used to wear too much cologne and spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about women's underwear. What a mysterious, forbidden place Victoria's Secret was in the middle of a mall. A little island of socially acceptable lust wadded up in piles of panties overflowing bargain bins...

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I don't know how acceptable it was to dangle unattainable fantasies in front of impressionable teenagers, but it made for good story fuel. 😉

Everyone wore too much cologne, perfume, body spray, scented body lotion back then. Weirdly, all the girl fragrances smelled like food. Like, cucumber melon. Or lime verbena. Or vanilla cupcake. Or sausage and mushroom pizza.

I actually wore Eternity for Men all through high school because I wanted to smell like a teenage boy. And later, in college, I wore Old Spice deodorant exclusively. We age out of these phases, of course. Now, I prefer it when men smell like shower water and yard work and breakfast food and good parenting. Somebody should bottle that. I'd wear it every day. 😂

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Bacon-scented perfume. A sure aphrodisiac if you want to attract a man. As for me, a man who scented himself with eau de snicker-doodle could easily have his way with me.

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Eau de snicker-doodle.

Love it.

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My heart goes out to adolescent boys! Hormones rule their lives and they can't do anything about it. Anything public, that is.

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Now class, in short story writing, it’s very important to to hook the reader from the very beginning. For example, this first line of a story called Breadcrumbs by Meg Oolders:

“I was the girl who left her panties in Ryan Kirkland’s pickup truck.”

Does that make you want to hear more?

Yes please.

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Ha! Thanks, Teach.

I figured if the picture of underwear didn't grab people, the first line would.

It's nice to be right. 😁

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Love this! I love all the teenage angst without actually having to experience it all over again. 😁

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Thanks, Caro. 💜

This is for the next time you're stuck inside for a weekend and get a craving for vicarious teen angst. https://www.wattpad.com/story/340543646-see-dot-smile

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October 8th sounds like the perfect day for a black tie Stock Fiction event! 💃🏻

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Woot!

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Oh, that story had me flinching. Shame is a great topic topic for short stories.

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Thanks for reading, Sherman. And for uncovering layers in this story the author didn't even fully appreciate when she wrote it. 🙂

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I just found you. This is terrific writing.

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Welcome! Thank you for reading and restacking.

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"I was the girl who left her panties in Ryan Kirkland’s pickup truck." Without a doubt, one of the best opening lines I have ever read. Who would not want to continue reading this story??

"Dude. So hot." Meg! You have these teens' language utterly. "top-shelf junior guys"... "an aggressively flirtatious smile" ... "I wasn’t the girl who kissed yesses out of seniors "... "The girl with flammable underwear." A delight from first sentence to last.

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Thank you, Sharron. I'm glad you enjoyed the ride. 🛻

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Sep 15, 2023Liked by Meg Oolders

Great story told masterfully and fun yo read!

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Thank you, Diane!

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Sep 15, 2023Liked by Meg Oolders

Very welcome!

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Just apply a small flame, and you'll have a fiery Romance. Every page will burn with passion, and every word will be hot. Every dialogue will be flammable.

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What a completely fun and sweet story! Loved reading that Meg! Written in your usual smooth, breezy style. You need to get all of these into a book. I’d buy.

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Thank you, Reena!

A collection of stories is certainly something I'll be exploring as I head into my second year on Substack. Stay tuned and thanks for your support. 💜

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One of the best opening lines I’ve read in a long time! What a lovely and fun story, Meg. Thanks for sharing this gem!

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You’re really, really good at this. Hooked, entertained, surprised, delighted. I love the way you write, and I love the stories you tell.

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Thank you, friend. This comment made an emotionally cloudy day considerably less cloudy. ☀️ 💜

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