What follows is offered in response to Velvet Verbosity's 100 Word Challenge. The challenge, this week, is "Dusky".
Ralphie Persons was a 7 year old terror who never sat still, always asked questions, and generally tried to annoy everyone. His favorite trick was pinching people when Miss Beverly wasn't looking.
This day, a day at the Zoo, found Miss Beverly with her charges, her dusky brown skin and golden brown hair glowing in the sun. She heard a scream and whirled around just in time to finally catch Ralphie in the act. Almost instinctively, she lightly smacked his cheek.
Ralphie was mortified.
He looked up, teary eyed, and said, "Miss Beverly, I love you."