Hello everyone and a warm welcome to Part 1) of the entries for my weekly: “Fiction in A Flash Challenge 2021. Week #33,
Today I’m featuring contributions from entry 1)By John Howell and Entry 2) My own contribution.
Last week I set the following Challenge:
Hello everyone and welcome to my new “Fiction in A Flash Challenge!” Each week I’ll be featuring an image and inviting you to write a Flash Fiction or Non-Fiction piece inspired by that image in any format and genre of your choosing. Maximum word count: 750 words.
This one-line contribution by John Howell.
“Drop the blind, will ya, Shela. After last night, I need to stay where the sun don’t shine.”
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Here is my own contribution.
Allie Patterson pulled the purple shawl up around her shoulders as the sweet salt scented air cooled and caressed her body. She dug her toes into the swirling sand as the waves rushed forward and danced around her ankles.
Allie drew in a deep lungful of air to steady herself as she looked across the ocean to where the sun was kissing the new dawn into wakefulness. She marveled at the myriad of colors nature had granted permission for the sky to share, and then smiled at her own flights of fancy. It had been ten years to the day since she’d last been here.
Allie felt her soul weeping within her, she cried out with the pain of it. “Am I a damned fool to have come back here? Will this bring me closure?”
The aching, burning, need to see Lance just one more time had gnawed at her guts like a ravenous cancer for the last ten years. But this place? Dear God, this place was the most difficult of all to revisit. It was here, right here on this spot where Lance had laughed with pleasure at the astonished look on her face when he first told her that he loved her beyond reason. Could a kiss ever be sweeter than the one following their mutual declaration of insanity?
They’d spent every anniversary of that day here. Rejoicing in the rightness of their being together, they’d walked hand in hand along the beach and snuggled down together to watch the kaleidoscope of sound and color explode around them. They’d sipped on hot coffee and Lance had moved and seated himself just behind her, Allie had leaned back into his arms, not needing conversation to intrude on the moment.
Ten years ago, it had changed forever.
Allie had turned forty-five and begun questioning everything she’d ever done in her life. What had she done to bring her to this moment? She lived in a great apartment in a good location and excelled at her job. She was in love with a man who loved her back. She told herself that over and over again as the guilt she was feeling about their affair weighed ever heavily on her.
She’d lived the lie for so long she’d forgotten what it was like to have someone in her life who was available to share time with her spontaneously. Someone who’d ring her at work and invite her over for something simple like Pizza and a movie. Her affair with Lance saw her spend every holiday alone. She attended friend’s weddings and their children’s christenings without a plus one, and her friends had long since given up trying to pair her off with anyone. She couldn’t share Lance with them. The only day of the year she was certain to spend with him was the anniversary of the first day they’d spent together here on the edge of the ocean. Apart from that date she never knew when she’d hear from him, and like a damned fool she was so grateful when he did finally call, she’d never admonished him, she’d simply agreed to his sudden urgent need to be with her. Until the bitter taste of her own disenchantment permeated their relationship. She’d watched her pride in her accomplishments drown in the acid of the deception she had been living for far too long.
Ten years ago, right here, she had ended their affair. Lance had seen it coming and done nothing to prevent it. It hadn’t ended with an argument. He’d made no promises. He seemed to take pride in that knowledge. “I did tell you I was married,” he said as if that completely absolved him of any wrongdoing. Allie looked at him clearly perhaps for the first time, then she turned and walked away forever.
Allie felt the tears on her face and used her shawl to wipe them away. She turned and smiled up at the man who had now joined her. “Have you put him to rest now, my love?” He asked.
Allie glanced at the wedding ring on her finger and reached her hand out to her husband. “Yes, darling. I have.”
“Good. Then let’s leave here now. After all we have our own memories to keep making, don’t we?”
Allie kissed his cheek and grinned happily, “Oh, yes. It’s so wonderful to have memories I’m able to share.” She caught the wicked gleam in his eyes as he responded. “Well, we can share some of them.”
They laughed together and walked hand in hand into their future.
Thanks so much for joining me here today. I look forward to seeing your comments. I will as always featuring each new contribution as I receive them.
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