The Proposal

Back on February 1st, Carrot Ranch kicked off the Sue Vincent Rodeo Classic as a way to support Sue in her in journey through cancer and show her how much she is loved by this creative community.

Winners were announced on March 22nd. And what a fabulous outpouring of talent. To read all the 99-word stories and 99-syllable poems based on Sue’s photo prompt, click HERE.

I’m delighted to share one of my entries.

The Proposal

When he’d asked for her hand, he’d promised a white-washed farm in the patchwork valley. Verdant fields and tart cherry trees perfect for pies. He’d offered gardens and pearls and the earnest comfort of old-fashioned love. And each time, she’d denied him.

Then they’d climbed her autumn hill, where the valley flowed like an emerald river, and beneath the woolen clouds, the sun’s long brush painted the mountains with light. He grasped her hand and dropped to a knee. “If I build you a cabin on this golden hill, will you marry me?”

So certain was her answer.

Yes.

133 thoughts on “The Proposal

  1. Chel Owens says:

    I always love your imagery; can’t remember if I told you I liked this one, so here I am!

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  2. Pruuu says:

    Loved it, would love reading your every writings.

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  3. Mansi says:

    https://wp.me/pcVb1G-B
    This is a lovely story that will make you fall in love with

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  4. Wow. What a beautiful post, Diana. Keep writing.

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  5. He became wise over time. Who would marry for the practical working life? I’m glad his charm came through and happy for the romantic and touching happily ever after! Great entry, Diana!

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  6. Meg says:

    This is so charming and the descriptions are amazing – well done Diana!

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  7. The beauty of your writing sweeps me away, how could she possibly resist? 🙂

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  8. Wow what a proposal😊

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  9. dgkaye says:

    Beautiful imagery as always Diana. And I love the sweet story of fresh love ❤

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  10. Baydreamer says:

    Oh, Diana, this is such a lovely story with vivid imagery. Beautiful! 🥰

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  11. Beauty says:

    Lovely ❤❤

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  12. mydangblog says:

    I’d take the golden hill too! What a gorgeous story:-)

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  13. joycemaryj says:

    Oh I would say yes for that!!

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  14. kirti arya says:

    Wowwwwwwwwww…. beautiful lines.. touched my heart.

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  15. Tara Sitser says:

    Diana, What a delightfully perfect little story!! Once again your vivid and engaging imagery lives on in my mind.

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  16. Teri Polen says:

    That was perfection, Diana!

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  17. Yep, I’d go for the cabin on the hill as well, Diane. Enjoyed the story. A few words saying a lot. –Curt

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  18. Jan Sikes says:

    This is so beautifully written, Diana. I love the descriptive phrases. Thank you for sharing!

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  19. Just like drafting a new story, sometimes it takes a few tries to get the desired result!

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  20. petespringerauthor says:

    Have to admire the young chap’s perseverance. Keep going until you find the key to her heart. Oh yeah, bring your tools along.

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  21. I love, love, love “The Proposal”!! Beautifully written and the use of metaphor so wonderfully subtle!

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  22. What’s not to love! ❤

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  23. Your poem is so beautiful and I’m also in awe of the other’s that participated and even more so with Sue and her inspirational wisdom in living and dying. I feel particularly blessed to know her for this short period thanks to you and Marsha dn all the others sharing her beautiful and heartfelt poems! 💖💖💖. Thanks Diana! 💖💖💖💖

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    • A lovely comment, Cindy. She has such a beautiful, generous, and wise spirit. It’s been wonderful to be able to something small to tell her how much she’s loved and how much she’s meant to this community. I’m glad you enjoyed this. ❤

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  24. Beautiful words, Diana. I loved the story

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  25. acflory says:

    Your truly do paint glorious pictures with words. Bravo. 🙂

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  26. Beautifully written and so romantic, Diana.

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  27. Damn, no pies then for him! He should have proposed first in the hills when its cold and snowing and got ‘yes’ in the valley when the sun is shinning.

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  28. balroop2013 says:

    My first thought is: What an exquisite prose! But then that is your signature style, I tell myself and go into the depths of the story… needs to be expanded into a book! Yes, a romantic fantasy Diana. Go ahead!

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  29. CarolCooks2 says:

    Just wonderful, Diana a lady who knows what she wants and gets it 🙂 x

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  30. C.E.Robinson says:

    Diana, I loved this. So romantic and descriptive. It’s all about timing and he finally got it right. 🌺🎶📚 Christine

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  31. Oh such a romantic story, Diana. Loved the enchantment and the picture too. Hope Sue gets well fast. God bless her.

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  32. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    I enjoyed reading this over on the site:) I would hold out for a cabin on the hill too!

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    • Thanks, Denise. There are a few cabin-dwellers it seems. Not that the farmhouse with the cherry trees is that shabby. Ha ha. I’m glad you enjoyed this one. Your poem was a lovely transition into hope and spring.

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  33. J.D. says:

    Gorgeous words that mirror that view.

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  34. Darlene says:

    I love this entry.

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  35. Tessa says:

    I love this! It actually gave me chills – it is that beautiful. I’m so glad you shared it. 🙂

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  36. Lovely story and scene setting. I might even say yes! 😜

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  37. noelleg44 says:

    Fantastic, Diana. Prayers on the way to Sue.

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    • Thanks, Noelle. It was lovely to participate in this community effort, and though Sue gushed about the “love” that came with this project, the donations came in handy too. Have a lovely day, and Happy Writing.

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  38. Annika Perry says:

    Beautiful and exquisite descriptive writing, Diana; your words make me appreciate the majestic landscape even more! The story is a delight and so glad he got the answer he longed to hear! Awwww … xx

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  39. I would too. Smart woman.

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  40. What a beautiful entry Diana. So romantic.

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  41. Your descriptions are gorgeous and you manage them in 99 words. My 99-word pieces are stark. Beautiful.

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  42. Staci Troilo says:

    That’s lovely, Diana.

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  43. Okay…you knew I was going to love this, didn’t you? Beautiful, Diana!

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    • Ha ha ha. It was so fun to write a romantic one. I know why you love the genre, Jill. It made me happy to put that “Yes” at the end. Thanks for making me smile this morning. Have a wonderful day!

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  44. Mae Clair says:

    As always, you paint beautiful images with your words, Diana. Just outstanding!

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    • Thanks so much for the visit and comment, Mae. These 99-word stories are a fun challenge. Coming up with three different ones for the same prompt was something I hadn’t tried before. I’m glad it worked. Happy Writing, my friend.

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  45. I’d want a cabin on the hill with that view too. No wonder she said yes. Good flash story!

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  46. Pink Roses says:

    Lovely stuff! I’d rather the pearls and cherry pies!

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  47. So lovely. Not a lot of words to set the scene and tell the story, but you have done a fabulous job.

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