Saturday, July 24, 2010

I put a spell on you

This week on Writers Island we've been given the task of choosing a favourite album and using as many of the song titles as possible in a story. I chose Nina Samone's 'Gold', a double CD I play often, and managed to squeeze in 20 of the 36 tracks!

It was one September day, and Jimmy was feeling good. He’d been with his girlfriend Porgy since last September and this year’s kisses had been the best he’d ever had! My baby just cares for me’ he told his friend that night.

Quite what happened even he didn’t really understand. He met another girl in a bar and got chatting to her. It was completely innocent on his part but she was he was determined to grab him for herself. He remembered her words. She looked him straight in the eyes and said I put a spell on you’. Suddenly he found himself unable to resist her. From that moment on there was another woman in his life.

There’s no way he could keep it to himself. He decided to tell all to Porgy, and it was the most difficult thing he’d ever done. All he could do was break down and let it all out.

Porgy was very calm. A tear trickled down her cheek. Don’t explain Jimmy she said. ‘Just love me or leave me’.

I loves you Porgy’ he pleaded. What more can I say. Please, don’t let me be misunderstood.’It’s just that I love her too’.

‘I love your lovin’ ways Porgy said ‘but I’m not going to share you. I’m gonna leave you.I know you are no sinnerman Jimmy and I hold no grudge but I’m going home to Mama'.

That night he went back to the bar. The other woman was nowhere to be seen. He looked around, and people who’d the previous night enjoyed a friendly word with him all ignored him. It was if he was invisible. The bartender meandered up to him. He could see what had happened.

Nobody knows you when you’re down and out’ he said. ‘ But don’t you pay them no mind’.

‘Tell me more and then some’ said Jimmy with a half smile on his face.

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  1. Clever post, Keith. The songs slipped in easily. Well done. Unfortunately, there's a sad truth to the story, too. Well done. ~Brenda

  2. I had hoped for a happy ending, but you can't have everything - a splendid story should be sufficient reward for reading.

  3. Hi Keith, You chose one of my favorite Broadway shows and created an amazing story.

  4. Story is very realistic, and you knitted the titles into it very well. Congrats!


  5. Wonderful story told and interesting titles used which I had never seen before :D Well done and thank for sharing^^~

  6. great job here....thanks for sharing your words...

  7. Very clever, Keith. I like Nina Simone too. What a voice...and what a story you told.

  8. Keith love love this and I also love Nina!

  9. Great album choice and true to life story.



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