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Heavy on Dark

April 29, 2019

The Carrot Ranch April 25, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes exhaustion.


Heavy on Dark

Table, paneling, carpet, the room was heavy on dark.

She cited “irreconcilable differences”. Two dark words.

I said, “Is there anything in life that’s really irreconcilable? You know, outside of death and taxes.”

She looked at her lawyer and said, “See?” He looked at me like I was a child and offered a dark nod.

I said, “Would it have been easier if I’d cheated?”

She and her lawyer exchanged a dark glance and they both gave me the disapproving parent look. “You’re exhausting, you know that,” she said.

I signed the paper. Stood and walked into the light.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2019 2:39 pm

    Nicely done, Michael. If the love is gone, to me at least it doesn’t matter what they did or did not do. It’s just time to go.

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      April 30, 2019 4:28 am

      Sometimes it’s not so easy figuring out that love thing.


  2. April 29, 2019 3:40 pm

    I knew by the end that she was right re the irreconcilable differences. And that he knew he was better off for the split.
    Well done.

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  3. April 29, 2019 4:38 pm

    Yeah, some people just don’t get it, do they?
    Real dim bulbs, them–welcome and walk out into the light!

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      April 30, 2019 4:29 am

      The light is good. (Unless it’s sunlight in which case one has to take skin precautions!)

      Liked by 1 person

  4. April 30, 2019 7:43 am

    Wow, thank you for reminding me of that horrid phrase, “irreconcilable differences”…we didn’t have any conversations around it, and I didn’t have proof of the abuse so there was no point in telling anyone who wouldn’t believe me anyway… “No Fault” divorce–what a joke.

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  5. May 1, 2019 10:56 pm

    He found the light, released at last! (Chocolate chip, please.)

    Liked by 1 person


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