Freestyle writing challenge – My first love

Thank you to Judy of Edwina’s Episodes for tagging me in another Freestyle writing challenge. They are fun to do, but this time I won’t pass it along. If you would like to take part, the guidelines and a new topic are below.

The subject she gave me was ‘My first love’… and with ten minutes on the clock, I get to explore a memory that came back just yesterday for some reason…

white rose

His name was Neil and he was gorgeous… well, he was to my 11 year old eyes. He, of course, was an Older Man.. he was 12… and as far as I can remember he was the first boy that made my heart flutter. The first time Eve uncoiled her limbs and passed me an apple.
I could still take you to the place he lived. The house is, I know, still standing, as on a trip back north some time ago, I had occasion to pass that way. I had met him when we… my best friend Dena and I, were playing out. He didn’t go to our school, one of the few local kids to go to a school at some distance. There was ‘something’ about him too.

He was a good looking lad, and wore dark turtle necks with light trousers. Stylish, back then. His hair, dark and quite long, was allowed to fall over his right eye. I remember him well. Largely because I still have him photograph somewhere, with my very first ‘love letter’ on the back. Nothing romantic as such… just a note to say he and his family were having a lovely holiday… at Ingoldmells, I recall… though how I remember that, I don’t know!

But it had a ‘kiss’ on the end… and it came through the post… and he had sent it to me… and …oh but that was exciting!

It was my first love letter… and there was a first, uncertain kiss… and then we moved to our various upper schools, mine in the centre of town, his even further away in the opposite direction…and there the romance gently would to a halt. I have never forgotten , and I am glad his photo fell out of that book… a nice memory to look back upon after so many years. I wonder what became of him….

Word count 316. Time 10 minutes

The rules are:

  1. Open a blank document.
  2. Set a stop watch timer to 5 or 10 minutes, whichever length you prefer.
  3. Your topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH YOUR TIMER!!!


Your topic is






If you could learn a new skill, anything at all, what would it be?

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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22 Responses to Freestyle writing challenge – My first love

  1. Mary Smith says:



  2. That was a lovely story Sue. How strange that you should think of him only yesterday and your memories are so vivid still. Thanks for taking part as I really enjoyed reading that 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Sue Vincent was tagged in a challenge with the theme first love… I think most of us at age 10 or 11 had one of those…. lovely story and when you read the post and if you know the young man concerned.. let Sue know..


  4. This is a sweet first love story, Sue. A wonderful piece for a 10-minute memory. Wow. ❤ ❤


  5. Aww..that was a sweet story… 🙂


  6. noelleg44 says:

    Ah, the sweetness of a first romance. It was such a nice one!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Aww, so sweet! And gently faded, like a week old rose, pressed in a book.


  8. Susan Scott says:

    nice nice nice!


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