Flash Friday Fiction: ‘Til Death Do Us Part

“Hamilton-Burr Duel, After the Painting by J. Mund.” Illustration from Beacon Lights of History, by John Lord, 1902. Public domain image.
“Hamilton-Burr Duel, After the Painting by J. Mund.” Illustration from Beacon Lights of History, by John Lord, 1902. Public domain image.

‘Til Death Do Us Part – 158 words

She stared at the picture, tracing her finger over the tricorn on one gentleman’s head.

How did it come to such a place? How did people ever get so stuck in their problems with each other that murder seemed a viable option?

She looked up to glance around the room, her grandfather’s room in the old cabin on the edge of the lake. As a child, she’d loved coming here. It’d been all excitement and fun, splashing in the water, chasing butterflies, catching lightning bugs.

But now? Now she was here because she’d run out of options. He’d bled her of all he could, taking the house, the car, the money. The children. How had they become enemies, she and the man she’d thought was her best friend?

Tears rolled down and splashed onto the book she still held.

Maybe the better question was not how people ever got to such a place, but how they did not.

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Whew. I’m glad to be back from vacation – for writing purposes, at least. Writing on a real computer is so much easier than writing things out long-hand (sorry, Jane Austen) and typing them into a phone (sorry, Apple). This week, in addition to staying within the 150 word limit (+/-10), we had to incorporate something about friendship. Let me know what you think! And please hop on over to Flash Friday to read and comment on all the wonderful entries!!

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