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100 Words: Guilty Pleasure

My Guilty Pleasure
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The words transported her to another realm. A magical world.Then she heard footsteps. It was him. He mustn’t see her doing this.

Quickly she hid her secret under the pillow and put the light off.
“Ready for bed?” he asked.
“Yes” she answered.

He lay down facing her.
“What if he finds it? What will he think of me?” she wondered.

“So, how did you spend your day?” he asked.
“Cooking and cleaning. I did a spot of reading too.”
“Anything interesting?”
“Some spiritual books” she answered burrowing her secret in the mattress.
Her guilty pleasure – a romance novel!


The prompt for this comes post from GBE a Facebook Group for bloggers.

I love reading romance novels – it’s my way of relaxing. However, sometimes my internal censor tells me it’s a waste of time and makes me feel guilty about reading them. I know it’s silly – I’m telling the censor to shut up. 

What guilty pleasure do you have? 

May you be inspired – every day!


  1. Seeya Seeya January 11, 2016

    Nice short story in 100!wirds. You know I had written a short story in this same topic, guilty pleasure a few months back. I had different topic though obviously.

    Every has a guilty pleasure that they try to hide, like here she hides the romance novel.

  2. Rahul Miglani Rahul Miglani May 29, 2012

    I guess its was just ok , anyways I was expecting some kind of sex toy but you have done amazing thing in 100 words.
    everyone has some guilty pleasures , you have got one , you are just normal 😉

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 29, 2012

      Thank you for visiting, Rahul. I know I’m normal – I was just writing for a prompt and in 100 words 😉

  3. nikky44 nikky44 May 23, 2012

    I used to love Romance novels, but now I avoid them. They make me too sad <3

  4. Jan Neel Jan Neel May 22, 2012

    Oh Corinne, a sweet story you have told so well, I too felt the suspense and wonder as to what she had hidden, I too, like Myrna, it was something much more sinister than a pleasant little book. For me the guilty pleasure I enjoy the most, especially these days, is to lay on the couch and watch episode after episode of Criminal Minds!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 25, 2012

      So glad you liked it, Jan. I can visualize you enjoying Criminal Minds – I hope you’re getting time to do that ♥

  5. Debra Debra May 22, 2012

    These short shorts are adorable Corinne. Sweet!
    My guilty pleasure is circus peanuts 😉 More than I can count 🙁

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 25, 2012

      Thanks, Debra. So glad you liked them. I had to google circus peanuts, as I had no clue what they were. Now they look like something I could give up romance novels for 😉

  6. Beth Beth May 22, 2012

    I like mainstream chick-lit, so I can’t give you even a little grief about reading romance novels. :O)

  7. Jo Jo May 22, 2012

    Nicely done and in 100 words you said it all! Liked it, liked it a lot. ♥

  8. Myrna Myrna May 21, 2012

    No reason for guilt Corinne, enjoy. My guilty pleasures come from sweets. Chocolate is something, which I’m embarrassed to admit, I eat like an addict. I’ve often considered starting a chapter of Chocoholics Anonymous but instead chose to eat more of the luscious, creamy stuff.

    Can I tell you something weird? I thought your story had a nice amount of suspense – the kind that really makes you try to guess what the end will be. The weird thing is I suspected a sex toy or something far less innocent than a Romance Novel. Hehe. You brought out the naughty thinking in me.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 22, 2012

      I guess chocolate would come second for me, Myrna but I manage to avoid the temptation by not buying it!
      Nothing weird about what you said, I was being deliberately naughty and was waiting for someone to get it – I guess everyone was being ‘nice’ 😉 ♥

  9. Suzy Suzy May 21, 2012

    A nice guilty pleasure. Takes me back to the M&B days.

  10. Punam J R Punam J R May 21, 2012

    He he he.. I am guilty of these pleasures too !!! I am a big fan of M&B.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 21, 2012

      I haven’t read an MnB in ages, Punam. Right now, I’m on the chick lit available for free on Kindle! 😉

  11. femmefrugality femmefrugality May 21, 2012

    So great! When I was a teen my friend’s grandmother wouldn’t let her watch TV shows with immodest clothing or cuss words in them (her prerogative) but she proudly displayed her romance novels all over the house for access to all!

  12. melissa melissa May 21, 2012

    Ooo I love this 😉 No secret’s ever hidden 😛

    I know it isn’t about me but the romance novels, LOL. But my guilt trips would include eating ice cream and talking with friends til late night when I should be sleeping 😛

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 21, 2012

      Eating ice cream, now that’s something I could acquire too, Melissa! 🙂

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 21, 2012

      Now we know, Sulekha! 😉 Thanks for sharing – not the chocolates of course. Not all of the stories are about me, thank God 😉

  13. Galen Pearl Galen Pearl May 21, 2012

    I love mystery novels! The more gruesome the better. Serial killers and a great detective. In fact, I went up to my cabin this weekend and read a whole book. Gave myself permission to not do any chores or read more worthwhile things. Just sat with the dog and read a good page turner mystery!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 21, 2012

      Thanks for sharing, Galen. I’m going to have to find myself a cabin 😉 But to be fair, I don’t get disturbed too much when I’m reading.

  14. privytrifles privytrifles May 20, 2012

    Wow…that was beautiful… You know the best part I love about your stories is they seem to be so much existent around us. As if waiting to be told – and you do that so nicely!

  15. Claire 'Word by Word' Claire 'Word by Word' May 20, 2012

    Love it!
    Interesting I read a post today about conversation attributors and whether said is ok, or should be varied with other versions or left off altogether. Of course there exist as many supporters as detractors, but it is interesting to bring it into the awareness and see how it works. The piece of advice I did take away, was that its not always necessary unless clarification is required as to who is actually speaking. Food for thought.

    Thanks for sharing your flash fiction, a total inspiration, as a visit here always is.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 20, 2012

      That’s really interesting, Claire. I was struggling with it and left it out all together in the last part of the conversation. I too think that once the characters have been established, conversation attribution become redundant. However, establishing characters in a short format is so challenging.

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