Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Valentine's Day

Velvet Verbosity's 100 word Challenge - CHASM

Nothing, he thought, captured the sadness of the end of a relationship more than untouched plates at a dinner table. Surprisingly, she hadn't seen it coming. The tears, the anger, the weak little punches on his chest were testament to that. She'd seen the recent arguments as inconsequential. He'd seen them as symptomatic of the whole relationship -- not a temporary blip, but a deepening chasm. And he knew he'd been right to end it. But as he cleared the table, something about the lipstick on the rim of a still half-full wine glass made him stop and dial her number.

Saturday, 7 May 2011


Velvet Verbosity's 100 Word Challenge - FAMILY

The nurse asked if there was any family she should contact. She said a familiar face would help. I thought for a second. There were five people I could have suggested. My first wife, but she had left me for the gardener. Or my second, but she had left me for my younger brother. Perhaps my third, but she had left me without saying why. Probably not my fourth – she had left me for my third. And my fifth had left me at the altar. I shook my head and told the nurse there was no-one she needed to call.