“..or are you just glad to see me?”

We here at the towers that are A Word with You Press are always glad to see Monica Brinkman, seen here preparing for submission. (What!  CONTEST submission!)

Her contest entry makes me wish I was one of the girls.

A Girl’s Night Out

by Monica Brinkman

Figures he’d show up.

All I wished was a fun night out with the girls. Should have known he would track me down to the next county. Thought it would be a safe spot, this little hole in the wall tavern set back into the lush woods. Sara said he’d never find me here…so much for her advice.

I tried to avoid the stare cast my way. I’d seen it so many times before; the intensity bore into my soul and brought back a flood of painful memories. I glanced away feeling his eyes upon my every move.

Wasted my time and energy getting that Restraining Order; seems it provoked the madness. A rose left at my doorstep, hundreds of voice mails on my cell, seeing his car at every turn, and then came the threatening notes sent to my work, my home and now this.  Knew what I had to do when the thought occurred to me, I’ll just have to wing it.

I excused myself from the group, proceeded to the washroom, rinsed my face, and affectionately patted the bulge protruding from my skinny jean’s right pocket. Returning to the table, I told the girls I was tired and not ready for a night out; they understood.

As I exited the tavern, I felt his presence, so close it sent chills throughout my entire body.  I turned, faced him, took his hand and asked, “Want to go for a ride?”


Author, Radio Host,

Monica M Brinkman




Thanks Monica!  I encourage all of you reading this to 1) just say “No” if she ever offers you a ride, and 2) check out hers links!  And here she struts her stuff in the sleazy tavern of which she wrote!


(editor in chief keeps his links  in a zip file)







Contest ends June 10.  If you’ve got the spine for it, enter at your own disc here:

Wing Nuts: Our new Contest

20 thoughts on ““..or are you just glad to see me?”

  1. Michael Stang says:

    A nice twist on the epidemic personal issue of battered women. Is there a right or wrong when these violent lines are crossed? I appreciated the way the protagonist told her story like she had a backbone, and so what if the judge will call it premeditated. He deserved it.

  2. 1948pdobbs says:

    Monica, I have been off the playground for about a year and all of you writers have really been practicing your craft because all of these stories really paint graphic pictures. If I was on your Jury I think I would have to vote not guilty. I am hung up on these favorite authors, I suppose because I like mine so much. Is “Sara” your Wingman and if so, what Sara is she? A really great story.
    Blessings, pd

  3. Salvatore Buttaci says:

    Monica, you never disappoint me. Your stories pull me in and they don’t shake me loose till the ride is over. A great story. A great ending. A great author!

  4. TiMo says:

    I like how dark the story is, despite the lightness with which the character takes matters into her own hands. Begs the question, what is gonna happen during that car ride?? Well done.

  5. Diane Cresswell says:

    Oh yes Monica is back…and not missing a beat either. What a ride in more ways than one. My imagination is working overtime on the ride she takes him on.

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