Flip-off Friday #6


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She was tempted. She really was.

It would have been so easy to flip him off as he looked back at her in his rearview mirror one last time.

But, she was raised better than that.

She started too though…

It still didn’t seem real to her.

Nine years.

They shopped for rings!

But, it was really over.

He told her from the beginning that he wasn’t “the marrying kind.”

She thought that he’d grow out of it. That he’d grow up.

She suddenly remembered something she read on a fridge magnet at a friend’s home, “Love is not blind – it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.”

The “her” she was before him seemed like a stranger now.

She thought about signing birthday cards and not writing his name too. Her eyes started to sting.

She knew that she’d never love that way again. She knew that people would try to tell her otherwise. She knew that they would be wrong.

She also knew that not a day would go by that she wouldn’t regret not fighting harder.

Everything was going to be different from this point on.

He was the love of her life. There was no questioning that.

She went back inside the apartment. Everything was a reminder.

She was going to have to move.

She poured herself a cup of tea and curled up under a blanket on the couch.

There’d be tear-filled conversations with friends. There’d be wine drunk. There’d be ice cream eaten.

She just didn’t have the strength for that yet.

She stared out the window at the softly falling snow. She took a sip of the warm tea. She pulled the blanket up to her chin.

She probably should have told him that she was pregnant.

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6 Responses

  1. Kukka-Maria says:

    I love it. She was raised better than to flip someone off, but gets knocked-up by some “not-the-marrying-kind.”

    My Christian-Right parents would be sweating bullets at this story.

    I’m just amused.

  2. Janet says:

    Wow. Powerful stuff. Anything autobiographical in there?:)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Another Janet! The punch at the end was just so… sad.

    What a fucked up world.

    Not that you’re fucked up, I’m just saying.

  4. Steph says:

    I bet the kid’s not even his. LOLZ.

  5. Travelling Tippler says:

    Just stopped by after enjoying your guest spot at sidewaysrain and found that I enjoyed myself here as well. Cheers.

  6. Peter says:

    k-m: I didn’t even think of that angle!

    Janet: Thankfully, nooooo.

    Other Janet: Actually, I think you are Original Janet. And, if history has taught us anything, it’s that you can never have too many Janets. I tried to go another way with this one, because my attempts at funny endings were getting predictable.

    Steph: Ever the romantic, eh? ;)

    TT: Thanks for dropping in! Glad you enjoyed. Feel free to keep coming back.

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