A short story…

for Sunday Photo Fiction




His clothes were gone, most of them anyway. Their joint account, empty. His special whiskey had gone, his crystal glass too.

‘I’m so sorry’, the note said. ‘By the time you read this, I’ll be at sea’.

For months they’d been planning to get away. They’d spent their savings and more buying the yacht. Every spare minute had been spent preparing the craft for the trip of a lifetime.

‘I feel so guilty’, the note said. ‘But I had to leave’.

Clutching the note in her hand she wandered out into the street leaving the door hanging open behind her.

‘Right now you must be angry’, the note said.  ‘But one day you’ll understand’.

Did he think she was stupid? Did he honestly believe she didn’t know what was going on? She knew. Oh yes, she knew. That’s why she made a couple of discreet ‘adjustments’ to the yacht. Don’t worry, she’d made plans too.

‘You’ll forgive me’, the note said.  ‘In time’.

Rain splashed her face, as she strolled into the park. She tramped across the sodden grass to the stream, made a paper boat from the soggy note and dropped it into the fast-flowing water. A wry smile spread across her face as it tumbled downstream, then sank.


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Sunday Photo Fiction is hosted by Susan Spaulding. This week’s photo is by  Subramanya Bhat.





23 thoughts on “A short story…

  1. Christine Goodnough Feb 10, 2019 / 13:13

    Well written, Keith. That old rule of “What goes around comes around” is going to hit both of them in the end, I suspect.

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  2. Denise Hammond Feb 10, 2019 / 14:59

    And here I was researching the origins of Valentine’s Day and here you are sinking the love boat. Love it!


  3. Abhijit Ray Feb 11, 2019 / 03:39

    Such conspiracy. She had anticipated he might leave and made adjustments. At least, he will have the comfort of his favourite whisky when everything on sea will not go as planned.

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  4. Bernadette Braganza Feb 11, 2019 / 15:22

    Hmmm. I guess her husband is not coming back.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. hilarymb Feb 13, 2019 / 10:02

    Hi Keith – yes … her future maybe secure behind bars … loved the story though – cheers Hilary

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