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This week I’ve written two stories for Friday Fictioneers from a his and hers point of view. I hope they both stand alone, but I’m posting them together.
Joy eases off her wedding ring and tosses it into the water, before wiping her eyes and re-joining the party.
How could Ed give her a vacuum cleaner for her 50th birthday, in front of all their friends? Their kids are grown now and she should have known Ed’s promises they would travel would come to nothing. She is sick of waiting.
‘Give this to my husband.’ Joy pushes an envelope into the hands of a passing waiter. By the time Ed reads the goodbye letter she’ll be long gone. As she leaves, she doesn’t notice Ed push through the crowd waving an envelope of his own.
Ed pushes through the crowd, envelope in his hand. He’s lost sight of Joy and his stomach churns with nerves. He’d thought presenting her with a vacuum cleaner at her birthday party would be funny. It’s not her real gift, of course. He’s taking a 3 month career break to take his gorgeous wife around the world. Joy’s spent so long raising the kids she deserves to be spoiled. Only now he can’t find her to give her the tickets.
‘Sir?’ A waiter hands him an envelope. ‘Your wife asked me to give you this before she left.’
‘Left?’ Ed’s heart sinks. The joke’s on him.
It’s been a fabulous week. Apple invited me to their iBooks Author Event and Music Festival and as it was my first outing as a published writer it was all very exciting. We had a fabulous night which you can read about here if you wish to.
‘On Reflection’ was written for Friday Fictioneers. A weekly 100 word story challenge, inspired by photo prompts, hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries over at her blog here.