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100 Words On Saturday – Week 10

Introduced in February 2013 – an invitation, a prompt, a linky. Write exactly a 100 words on the prompt and publish it on your blog – a story, a poem, a mini-essay. The linky will be open right up to next Friday, after which I will have a new prompt and a fresh linky.

100 Words On Saturday 10 Prompt: DARK SECRET/S

 

 

The Art of Secret Keeping (44/52)

She was bubbly and outgoing – the perfect colleague – hardworking, helpful and fun. Then, she excitedly announced she was getting married. Her husband-to-be was a Captain in the Merchant Navy. We were not invited to the wedding. Although that was somewhat unusual, no one minded.

Post wedding, and back at work, she glowed with happiness. However, we saw no wedding photographs.

She invited us all over to her home, only when her husband was at sea. Curious, we wondered at her secrecy.

Until one day, a colleague saw them together. Her ‘dark secret’ was revealed – hubby dear was bald!

I wish I could tell you that this is all fiction. It isn’t. Imagine marrying someone, being happy with them and yet being embarrassed by their looks. It’s amazing how superficial some people can be. As you can imagine, it was very hard for me to respect her after this.


72 Comments

  1. Locomente Locomente September 24, 2013

    I loved this write-up…
    And the awesome dark-secret!

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  3. Anu Anu May 23, 2013

    In short Awesome Corinne Rodrigues Thanks.

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  5. Sridevi Datta Sridevi Datta May 16, 2013

    And this made me really sad …how can you love someone and be embarrassed by him or her ?:(

  6. Sulekha ( Sulekha ( May 15, 2013

    My man is bald and beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ Feel sorry for this lady, lovely post Corinne.

  7. janu janu May 15, 2013

    15 entries! You rock Corinne. Keep it coming…you are a great motivator.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 15, 2013

      Thanks for always writing, Janu. Motivators need motivation too!

  8. Afshan Afshan May 15, 2013

    I tried adding linky – Not sure if its added !

  9. My Inner Chick My Inner Chick May 15, 2013

    Ahhh,
    when I think of bald, I think of sexy, hot, and oh-so-King & I!
    Xxx Nice job.

  10. Roshni Roshni May 15, 2013

    Whaaaaat?!!! Well, they do say truth is stranger than fiction! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 15, 2013

      It sure is, Roshni. Not sure what happened when he retired? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Jyothi Nair Jyothi Nair May 14, 2013

    People are capable of such meanness. Imagine how he/she will feel when he/she finds out! It is called living in a make believe world, I guess.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 15, 2013

      I really couldn’t understand the situation, Jyothi. Yes, meanness is one way of describing it.

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  13. Diana Pinto Diana Pinto May 14, 2013

    Putting him down to this extent was not right. It’s really surprising how she even married him, if she was so conscious of him being bald.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 14, 2013

      Exactly my thoughts, Diana. And as far I know it was not an arranged marriage!

  14. Anne Anne May 14, 2013

    I was a bit confused rather than surprised there. More men are going bald now, not because they have no choice but precisely because they chose to. And I think they look even more attractive ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 14, 2013

      This was several years ago, Anne. But the issue is not so much his baldness as her being embarrassed by his psychical appearance to the point of not introducing him to her friends, and yet marrying him!

  15. Afshan Afshan May 14, 2013

    I had a friend who did similar thing. No invitations, no photos
    I didnt feel the looks were even that bad ! good or bad ! They decided to marry which is a bful moment !
    I couldnt respect her after that

      • Afshan Afshan May 14, 2013

        He was dark – that was her dark secret and may be bald too. I didnt observe much ๐Ÿ™‚ but it didnt meet the level of a “Dark Secret”
        That was my point !

  16. Naina Naina May 13, 2013

    Really?? Why would she keep it a secret? I find bald, hot!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 14, 2013

      Some people are nuts! Perhaps she found it hot too – but didn’t want us to know! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. ajiteja ajiteja May 13, 2013

    If you are ashamed of anything then it is absolutely not LOVE……
    she is being perfidious towards him…..

  18. Rachna Rachna May 13, 2013

    That is just so sad, Corinne. I can understand why you lost respect for her. This is below shallow :(.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 14, 2013

      I know – the funny thing is I often wondered why she married him at all!

  19. Dangerous Linda Dangerous Linda May 13, 2013

    haha! i’m afraid i made have made the opposite mistake in my youth and married people i only wanted to be seen in public with because they were so handsome and charming — when we were alone they often treated me terribly…

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 14, 2013

      We all do silly stuff when we’re young, Linda. I do hope that girl has gotten over her hangup. The ‘girl’ must be a grandma already!

  20. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando May 12, 2013

    So sad when someone is that superficial . . . I think bald is beautiful. Just ask Danny! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Clever post, Corinne!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 12, 2013

      Let’s make Danny the poster boy for the Bald is Beautiful campaign, Martha! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg May 12, 2013

    Oh My! That was weird and sad at the same time!
    A fab take on the Dark Secret, Corinne. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury May 12, 2013

    Bald is certainly beautiful. Being embarrassed about bald is worse than Fair and Lovely.
    Nice prompt!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 12, 2013

      Oh yes, Vidya. Being so embarrassed was way too immature! Fair and Lovely? Now that’s a good prompt too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. Deeps Deeps May 12, 2013

    That made me laugh and yet a bit sad to know how there are people who give looks more importance than the beauty within.

    Love your play of words Corinne!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 12, 2013

      Yes, it was funny and sad – and incredibly silly too. Glad you enjoyed it.

  24. Suzy Suzy May 12, 2013

    You had me hanging on to every word. Quite sad though that looks become so important. And some bald men are very sexy! Will have to ponder over this prompt for my submission.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 12, 2013

      I found it odd that she didn’t have a problem marrying him, but was embarrassed by his looks! Looking forward to your post.

  25. Bhavya Bhavya May 12, 2013

    That is just so sad, why would she hide her husband just because of the way he looks. Beauty, after all, is not going to stay forever. I agree with you Corinne, how can you respect someone entirely who cannot respect and accept her own better half.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 12, 2013

      It was sad and silly too, Bhavya. I thought it was insulting to us too – to think we’d judge her by her husband’s hair or the lack of it!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 12, 2013

      Any man who wears his bald head with pride has my respect, Kathy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Pixie Pixie May 12, 2013

    how weird!! And yea, so very superficial!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 12, 2013

      Weird and superficial describes the situation well, Pixie!

  27. Melissa Melissa May 12, 2013

    I haven’t encountered such incident, thanks God ๐Ÿ™‚ I thought the wedding was cut off… what a twist… lol! I couldn’t imagine such things happening in real life…lol!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 12, 2013

      Melissa – the problem is that I didn’t need to imagine it, was true! There was no hair to twist, sistah! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. Kajal Kajal May 11, 2013

    Interesting! well, some people do get embarrassed by their partners’ looks…I have observed that too .

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 12, 2013

      Isn’t that just silly, Kajal? I would say don’t marry the girl/ guy then! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. Joyce Joyce May 11, 2013

    Oh, such horrors! I was looking for a topic, so I guess I’ll have to spill out 100 words for this one. Be right back.

    • Joyce Joyce May 12, 2013

      It’s back and it’s bad.

      • Joyce Joyce May 12, 2013

        Visiting others, I just realized I’d misread the prompt. I took it as a picture prompt of secrets from a bride. Sorry. I guess that means I stole your photo. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 12, 2013

          Your take prompt was worth a thousand words/ pictures, Joyce! It was not my picture to steal anyway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Jessica Jessica May 11, 2013

    Interesting ending! Very original…I liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 11, 2013

      It’s always interesting to see how crazy we human beings can be, Jess! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 11, 2013

      I don’t blame, Patrick. I thought the girl was mad! But I didn’t really think it was funny – just sad!

  31. Talya Tate Boerner Talya Tate Boerner May 11, 2013

    That’s strange to me! I think bald can be very sexy…

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 11, 2013

      Talya, things are changing in India, but until a few years ago, baldness was associated with old age! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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