Response -JSW Prompt 4-15-2019

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The Ten List: April 8th, 2019
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“This, for example,” Josephine said, daring H. to make a sound. “If you’d bothered to check with me, I could have easily told you we had a prior engagement which, I hesitate to say, we will now miss.”

“You are always waiting until the last minute for everything! How many times have I figured out the budget and then and – boom – you have to have this or that or the other? Why can’t you plan ahead like any normal person?

“How many times have I asked you never to talk to me about important things first thing in the morning when I am getting the children ready for school? I’m barely awake myself and you want to have some serious discussion about something we could have discussed oh, a million times, NOT, by the way, in the morning!

“You leave your clothes scattered all over the floor? I am not your servant. Marriage is supposed to be a partnership, you know, 50 – 50, or had you not heard?

“All you do in the basement is play video games. Try joining the real world for a change! You might just realize you are driving this marriage into the ground!

“You can’t open your mouth without a handful of lies tumbling out. Do you know how that makes me feel? Do you? Why do I ever bother? You don’t love me or you would change. You would try harder or, maybe, even try.

“I can’t take this. It’s over. I’m done. Every word out of your mouth is a lie.” Tears started to squeeze from narrowed lids as she ran, sobbing, up the stairs.

H. stood for a moment then went back down to the basement.

An hour later, Josephine came down the stairs, carrying a cup of tea and some biscuits on a tray. She set them down on a small table near his desk.

“Thank you, sweetheart,” he smiled.  “You take such good care of me.”

The End.

Retro Tuesday 4-30-2019

Sunday Photo Fiction 4-4-2016

 

He stood, frowning down at his shadow on the ground. When had this happened? This dowdy, pear-shaped echo of himself? At least Shadow still had his sword but…. those thighs! He never realized growing up meant growing old. Older, at least. And older meant this shadow staring sadly up at him.

“What happened, Shadow?”

“You stopped running round,” Shadow shot back, “and ate and ate and ate.  Growing up ain’t for sissies.”

“I never realized I was growing up, Shadow,” he complained. There would certainly be no flying now.

“Shoulda listened.”

“I don’t want to be grown-up.” But it was too late. Once you grew up, it was impossible to go back. Not when one had a house and a job, bills to pay, children to raise, food to buy, lawn to mow. All grown-up things in a grown-up world.

At least he’d never forgotten… well, he’d remembered eventually. He looked up at the sky, sparkles like golden rain falling down all around him.

“Peter! Time for dinner!”

“Yes, Darling,” he replied, giving Shadow one last look.

Tomorrow, he’d head for the gym.

 

JSW Prompt 4-29-2019

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