Welcome to the two hundred and sixty-fifth in this series that is ‘5pm Fiction’.
Late April 2011 I discovered StoryADay.org and the project that is to write 31 stories in 31 days. Anyone who knows me or follows this blog, knows how passionate I am about short stories so my clichéd eyes lit up at this new marvel. And just a few days later there I was, breathing life into new characters. This went on to become (with some editing of course) my 31-story collection eBook Story A Day May 2011. I have since published (as eBooks) the 2012 and 2013 collections, detailed on http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine/short-stories/story-a-day-may.
I was nearing completion of the 2012 project when I decided that I didn’t want to stop at the end of May so 5PM Fiction was born. I put a load of prompts on the 5PM Fiction page and today’s was to write a story in second person-viewpoint from the keyword of ‘consolation’. Here is my 301-worder.
The answer isn’t 42, as Douglas Adams would have had you believe… unless you could work out what the question really was. The age you’d like to be? The age when things get easier? You hope so.
“I don’t love you anymore.” You play Terry’s statement over in your head. It’s something you’d heard before – not from him, but in movies with Terry sat beside you, vowing to never say those words, to be that hollow. He’d squeezed your hand as if to seal the pact.
But he has, and you’re the one feeling empty because he now has someone who makes him anything but.
He has Jack.
You thought you’d misheard, that he’d meant Jackie, or non-gender like Chris or Sam, but then he’d shown you a photo; of the two of them smiling. He should have picked one of your opponent alone, looking miserable, like you are now.
But Terry said it. Deed done. Packed his bags, wedding ring on his bedside table, gone to live in sin.
You wonder if there’s such a thing as double-sin. Living with someone who isn’t your wife, living with your own sex. And you suppose that’s what it’s all about. That sex with Jack… you don’t really want to think about it, but it must be better than with you. Different at least… a novelty. But then you start wondering whether it’s not novel at all, that you were the novelty, one that turned out to be a consolation prize.
Your mind drifts as clouds gather and the sun disappears, until you realise the shadow’s not a cloud. You look at it, recognising the smile, then take the hand you’re offered.
Photograph above courtesy of morguefile.com.
Dates for your diary… when my short story collections go free
So you don’t miss out, I have listed the scheduled freebies below:
- Fifty 5pm Fictions (Volume 3): Sep 21, 2013 & Sep 22, 2013
- Fifty 5pm Fictions (Volume 4): Sep 28, 2013 & Sep 29, 2013
- Story A Day May 2013: Oct 05, 2013 & Oct 06, 2013
- Fifty 5pm Fictions (Volume 5): Oct 12, 2013 & Oct 13, 2013
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