Heart Idioms Writing Challenge Key by Cindy O'Hora
Directions: Harness the heart idioms at the bottom of the page to fill in this heart warming story.
Last night Emily had a heart to heart talk with her mother. She cried her heart out
to her over the phone. Her mom said she had been sick at heart when she had heard the shocking
news about that varmint Mike. She wished from the bottom of her heart that the whole terrible
situation had never occurred. She urged Emily to take heart in the love of those around her.
Truth be told, Mrs. Jones had been relieved when she heard Mike had announced his change
of heart about the marriage. In her heart of heart she had doubted his sincerity from
the beginning. She hoped the year he was spending in Europe would end the relationship with her
daughter. She had never believed the old saying, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder".
It certainly was not true in her past marriage. But recalling the pain of her break up with her Emily's father,
John, made her heart go out to her daughter all the more. She had encouraged her daughter to go to
Jane's book publication party in hopes it would relieve Emily's broken heart.
"Mom is right," thought Emily as she got in the cab. "There is no point in sitting home all weekend."
She had always enjoyed being with Jane. Just thinking of her warmed the cockles of her heart.
Besides, she didn't have the heart to disappoint such a cherished friend, by missing the big
As she entered the atrium of the massive room, she spied herself in a full length mirror. She took
heart in how good she looked in the flaming red, sequined dress. Even though her heart was not in it,
she pasted a smile on her face and began to circulate around the room.
A few people ahead of her she saw Grace Veiny. Grace looked stunning in her simple, dark red gown.
In college, Grace had been the one with the heart of gold. Always a bit too sympathetic, Emily feared a
word from Grace's bleeding heart would put her back in tears. Emily quickly reversed direction before
Grace saw her.
The soft rock music pulsed through the room. The steady lub - dub rhythm soothed Emily's aching
heart a bit. Listening to music had always been relaxing for her. Suddenly, she saw an all too familiar figure.
Her heart skipped a beat. What was he doing here? How could Jane have invited Mike to her
Emily hardened her heart as she walked towards Mike. She was behind him and
hoped his heart would be in his boots when she unexpectedly appeared in front of him.
"He'll be eating his heart out when he sees me in this gorgeous dress," she mumbled to
herself to build her confidence. As she drew near, Mike staggered a bit almost falling on the man standing
next to him. Emily noticed the man was holding on to Mike's arm. Mike swayed abruptly again, spilling his
drink down Jane's dress. He was drunk! Emily heard Jane angrily demand that Mike leave immediately.
The man holding him up dragged Mike out the door.
Emily greeted Jane and offered to help clean up her dress. As they entered the ladies room Jane's anger
"None of us had the heart to tell you this before, Emily. Mike is a drunk. How dare he come to my
party high on drugs and booze? Oh no, Look at my dress!" Jane looked sadly at her reflection in
the mirror. Emily's heart broke over the look of disappoint and despair in Jane's face.
"I am so sorry he is such a jerk. Tell you what. We are the same size. Let's swap dresses. I want to
head home anyway," suggested Emily. Jane could see by her expression that the offer came
straight from Emily's heart. They quickly switched outfits. Jane wholeheatedly thanked
Emily telling her she would stop by the next afternoon to return Emily's dress.
For Emily, the cab ride home was a peaceful pleasure. She went straight to bed. She even smiled as her
eyes drifted shut. She set her heart on the goal of forgetting Mike. She realized that ending the relationship
with Mike was the right thing after all.
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