It’s Not Me, It’s You (Friday Fictioneers, August 2012)


This week’s photo prompt from Madison Woods Friday Fictioneers came from Susan Wenzel.   I had to do some research to come up with this though I can’t vouch for the accuracy of my efforts!  🙂



“They say pearls are moonlight-filled dewdrops swallowed by oysters.”

Eugene snorted.

“It’s not from the Ostreidae family, Becky. It’s just some common bivalve type, maybe Argopecten gibbus, or even Leavicarium laevigatum.”

She persevered.

“Others say they’re the tears of the Gods.”

“It’s not an oyster shell, Becky, note the pallial sinus.  It’s porcellaneous not nacreous.”

Becky stood up.

“Shall we go sit beneath the stars, Eugene, drink champagne, eat strawberries?”

“This is your hormones playing up again, right?”

Two figures stomped off into the twilight, yards apart.

Hiding beneath a lily pad, Venus sighed, shook her head, and wandered back to her recently vacated shell.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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63 Responses to It’s Not Me, It’s You (Friday Fictioneers, August 2012)

  1. TheOthers1 says:

    But I liked this. These two made me laugh. No romance in that gent.


  2. Mike says:

    A great story.
    Some men just don’t pick up the signals – even when they in front of their eyes.


  3. sinosheila says:

    Just the right amount of research, lightly applied.


  4. Hi Sandra,
    I loved the romantic and the ultra-realist chat here, and Venus with her vacant clam really made me chuckle.


  5. Joyce says:

    Ha. Ha. Cute story. When she wanted romance, he wanted to enlighten her with an education on the correct names or terms of every plant under the sea. Sounds like some men I know. I will not admit to being married to one like that though, Ha.


  6. beebeesworld says:

    I read your article, was glad to find it-when makes me go thru those hoops to write a comment an rejects them for some crazy reason, I get frustrated-I hate the way they do this- I will try to respond thru wordpress, often I read your blog, but cannot “like” or respond easily. I do enjoy your work. beebeesworld


    • Sandra says:

      I’m not sure what the problem is here, I’m on WordPress and I thought you were on WordPress. I don’t see why there should be a problem commenting. I do have a problem commenting on some Blogspot sites though.
      But anyway, thanks for visiting and commenting when you can, though I’d appreciate knowing what the difficulty is.


  7. The poet and the science/engineer person! Fortunately my husband (bwthoughts, in this group) is a computer guy with a poetic side. It works! I really enjoyed this.


  8. Nifti says:

    Haha. Maybe Venus could help with that argument if she hadn’t been hiding 🙂


  9. rochellewisoff says:

    I kind of wanted to head slap Eugene. How obtuse. Cute story, though. thanks for your lovely comments on mine.


  10. This guy would annoy and bore the bejeezees out of me. Hope they”re not married so she can dump him. Your Venus last line made me chuckle. Wonderful piece. Thanks for visiting mine.


  11. Venus. I wondered who would come up with her! She is perfect for this picture and fits into your story well. PS – Eugene sounds like a real dud!!

    ~Susan (


  12. billgncs says:

    he must be an engineer!


  13. I really loved this. Why on Earth do we bother? Poor Aphrodite! You’d think that she would have given up by now!


  14. Linda says:

    I can just imagine the frustration Venus feels at the massive differences between Eugene and Becky, perhaps she should find an easier couple to work with 🙂


  15. unspywriter says:

    Wonderful little story! When the romantic means the literal, Venus is sure to be frustrated. Brought a smile to my face.

    Here’s mine:


  16. Oh this is brilliant! Cleverly constructed and really enjoyable to read – particularly the ending.

    Thanks for your comment on ours. 🙂


  17. dmmacilroy says:

    “Venus sighed…” Dearest Sandra, I loved your story. How on earth men like that ever bear sons is a mystery. Did your research this week I see. Good job.




  18. Mayumi-H says:

    Some people just never learn, do they? 🙂
    Great use of that photo, and the old Venus in a half-shell!


  19. susielindau says:

    Love the ending! It wraps up the theme perfectly!
    Here is my take-


  20. rgayer55 says:

    Lovely job, Sandra, and what an artful use of the prompt. Eugene needs to go take a pill (I think you know which kind I’m referring to) 🙂
    thanks for reading & commenting on mine


  21. vbholmes says:

    In defense of Eugene, his comment, “This is your hormones playing up again, right?”, hints at a degree of familiarity. Perhaps, if you found him in a gallery or a garden, he would be fact-challenged and his romantic side would shine.


  22. Anne Orchard says:

    Thanks for stopping by my story, Sandra. I loved yours (and I definitely know some people like both Becky and Eugene!)


  23. Jan Morrill says:

    This is one of my favorites, Sandra. From the first line to the last, it was wonderful. Venus has her work cut out, doesn’t she?



  24. Beth Carter says:

    LOL. This made me chuckle. A left brained and right brained couple?! Sounds like my husband and me–AND he is an engineer. I laughed out loud when I read where someone suggested that Eugene must be an engineer. Too funny. But mine is a romantic. Really. Thanks for the education, too!

    I’m here


  25. keliwright says:

    Love it. I’ll admit that this prompt prompted me to some light research on shell identification & terminology. You employed the scientific so effectively here. How did these two end up together?! Really appreciating the humorous pieces today. Thanks!


  26. Carrie says:

    poor girl…she needs to find a guy with a tad bit more romance in his soul. Maybe Venus could flick her fingers of something 😉


  27. Brian Benoit says:

    Love that last detail, Venus returning to her shell. Your research adds a great feel to the story, and contrasts well with the ending and Becky’s romanticism. What’s he thinking?!

    Brian (For your readers:


  28. tollykit says:

    Brilliant. Venus really does have her work cut out with those two. Wonderful use of the prompt.

    For your readers


  29. 8teen39 says:

    Loved it! Believe it or not I used to date a woman like this. On an escorted hike she was telling the ranger what certain plants were. Thank you for the smile with your ending.


  30. EmmaMc says:

    And Venus rolls her eyes! Really enjoyed this, poor Becky and the lack of romance!


  31. Jess Schira says:

    The cluelessness of some men when it comes to romance never ceases to amaze me. (though I’ve met a few women with the same problem) Very nice job!


  32. I love all the big words!! 🙂


  33. elmowrites says:

    Oh dear, another great plan foiled, Venus. How did she even get these two together in the first place?! I loved what you did with the characters, and how the dialogue told us so much.


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