I figured I could update some of my stories.
Last week I had to write a short-short story... so here is that one. I know I am going to get crap for how I ended it, but per my instructor I was supposed to leave the reader with questions. So, you end it, tell me what you think happens. I know what I want to happen so I guess I will see if I did a good job setting that up.
From this Day Forward
He pulls me in closer, forehead to forehead we stand. I can feel his breath in my face and his hands as they are rubbing the small of my back. Don’t cry, I say to myself. I have to be strong. I can see his lips move but I can’t hear a word he is saying. I am lost in my own thoughts.
I feel his hands move up and touch my cheek gently. This is it, he’s gonna kiss me; I don’t know what I should do. Will I even be able to kiss him back after all of this? He bends his head down to mine and gently with just a brush of his lips he broke the dam I had built behind my eyes. I can feel the tears rush down my cheeks. I can’t stop it and I can’t stop myself from kissing him back. This could be the last kiss I ever get from him.
He stops kissing me and puts his head up against mine again and stares into my eyes. He brings his hand up to wipe away my tears. Gently I feel the brush of his hand against my face and another tear falls from my eyes. I have to look away, walk away and don’t look back. But, I can’t. I stand there torturing myself longer. I don’t know how to walk away from him, I have never left successfully. With one word he had always brings me running back. But this time, it was him that’s leaving. He is saying good-bye and there is nothing that I can say that will stop him. Why am I wasting my time? He doesn’t care enough to stay, I could leave.
But, my feet won’t move I am just standing there staring in his emerald green eyes wishing he would stay. I know he is going to say it. In a few minutes he’s going to say “Good-Bye” and my world will be over. I can’t stop him; there aren’t enough tears in the world for me to cry that will make him stay. It’s over. I need to face this. But, not now, I can’t. Not while he is physically here in front of me and I can still smell that horrible cologne that he wears even though I hate it. I will love it from this day forward, though.
And, then I hear him say the words I have been dreading for the last month.
“Zoey, it’s time. I have to go.”
With those six words my life has just shattered. I fall to my knees as he’s walking to his car. He doesn’t look back; he can’t bear to see me cry anymore.
As I watch him driving away I know that I will never see my one true love again. I pick myself up off the drive way and go to bed, where I just might spend the rest of my life.
The next one was my midterm, it was 1250 words and I'm not the biggest fan of this story. I think I have done better but my instructor loved it, it's "a little predictable but has a great twist." So enjoy.
“I can’t believe he is doing this to me, I know he isn’t happy with her,” Janette sobbed to her friend, Angelica.
Janette had been having an affair with her boss, Daniel for the last year and a half, until three days ago. Daniel told her that he needed to try to fix things with his wife; they have been together for almost ten years and he owes it to her and their children.
“There is nothing you can do about it, they’re married and have a family together.”
“I know, but he always says he is going to leave her.”
“He might have been telling you that, but that doesn’t mean he is going to do it. I’m sorry you are so upset, Janette, but you have to let it go and move on.”
“I will, it’s just so hard when I have to see him every day. I need some time to myself without thinking about Daniel or this whole mess. I’m gonna go, I think I will just take a bath and relax. I will talk to you later.”
“Ok, but you have to promise me that you won’t call him.”
“I promise. Good night.”
Janette presses end and throws her cell phone in her purse as she pulls her black Nissan Sentra into the parking lot of LA Fitness. She knows Daniel goes to the gym every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday night.
I promised I wouldn’t call him, but I never said anything about not following him, Janette thinks as she turns off her headlights and parks far enough behind Daniel’s car that he won’t see her.
Within a few minutes she sees Daniel walking out in his basketball shorts and cut off shirt. His salt and pepper hair reflects in the dim parking lot lights as he looks up and spots her car. Janette slinks down in the seat of her little car hoping that he didn’t notice. Daniel pulls his cell phone out of the pocket of the jeans he is carrying in his hand and starts to dial as he gets in his car. Janette sits back up and turns on her car, being sure not to turn her headlights on yet.
She follows Daniel to his home, like she has many nights before. She sits outside his house as he goes in and greets his pregnant wife and daughter. Janette pulls her phone out of her purse and hits speed dial. She watches through the window as Daniel pulls his phone out of his pocket, looks at it hits silence. Janette drops her phone and starts to cry again. I don’t understand, he said he was happy with me. Janette pulls away and drives home to her empty apartment.
The next morning Janette makes sure she looks her best. She puts on her black pencil skirt with her favorite blue blouse that makes her blue eyes stand out even more. Her long blonde hair shines and is perfectly in place, he will have to take me back after he sees me today, she assures herself as she walks in the front door to Daniel’s law firm.
“Good morning Daniel,” she smiles as she walks past his office to her desk.
“Good morning Janette,” he replies without looking up from his computer screen, “can you please close my door, I’m very busy today and do not want to be disturbed.”
“Sure,” she snaps.
Hurt, Janette heads to her desk and starts to think about ways to get his attention.
I know, I can email him and ask him to have lunch with me at our favorite restaurant.
Janette pulls up her email and starts to type when in waddles Melinda, Daniel’s 8 month pregnant wife. Even being as pregnant as she is, she’s still beautiful. Janette can’t blame him for marrying her, Melinda was young, a successful pediatrician and a great mother.
“Good morning Janette, is my wonderful husband available? I will only steal him for a moment.”
“Actually he said he is very busy and doesn’t want to be disturbed, so sorry,” Janette tells her with a smirk on her face.
“Oh, well, I’m sure he won’t mind. I have breakfast and the ultrasound pictures, I found out the sex of the baby he will be SO excited. He needs a break anyway.”
“Melinda I really-“ Janette tries to interrupt but Melinda pushes past into Daniel’s office and closes the door.
Great, now I won’t be able to talk to him all day! Feeling rejected she goes down the hall to Angelica’s office for comfort.
“I don’t know what to do, Angelica, she is in there right now. I was going to ask him to go to lunch with me but she got here before I could send the email.”
“You need to stop is what you need to do. Just move on and let it go.”
“I can’t. I love him. I need to be with him. I’m just gonna go in there and tell her what’s going on. She needs to know that he wants to be with me, not her.”
“That’s not a good idea. I know you are hurt, but you aren’t going to win this one.”
“I have to.”
Janette gets up and heads down the hall to Daniel’s office. I can do this. He wants to be with me, not her. She will see. He will see.
Janette barges into Daniel’s office, it’s empty. She hears Daniel’s voice behind her.
“I will be right there, I just have to let Janette know I’m leaving for the day and then we can go celebrate.”
“You’re leaving for the day? You can’t. What about how busy you are?”
“It’s fine. It can wait; I’m going to celebrate with my wife. We are having a boy. This is great news. Please let everyone know I will be back tomorrow. Thanks Janette.”
“Wait! How can you act like this to me? Like nothing has happened? I want to talk to you.”
“What are you talking about Janette?” Daniel looks at her confused.
“There is no us. There never has been, and there never will be. I don’t know where you got this idea, but you need to stop. I know you followed me home last night from the gym and I know you called me. Seriously, this needs to stop.”
“What do you mean there never was. What about the last year and half? What about the trip to San Antonio?”
“Honey, are you coming?” Melinda asks walking up with her radiant smile.
“Yes, just a moment. I was just letting Janette know that we are leaving.”
“Melinda, I don’t know how to tell you this, but Daniel has been having an affair. With me,” Janette blurts out.
“Daniel, I thought you said you were going to take care of this situation?”
“I am, I placed the call this morning, that’s what I was doing right before you got here.”
“What are you guys talking about? Did you not hear what I just said? He was having an affair with me!”
“Janette, we know about your condition. Your sister Angelica told me the other day. You need to get help, I called the hospital.”
Just then Angelica came walking down the hall, “I’m so sorry Janette. I thought you were better.”
“I don’t know what you are talking about, I don’t even have a sister,” Janette cried.