Fresh Start

Long time blogger Al Forbes hosts Sunday Photo Fiction.

Each week a new photo  donated by one of the participants in the challenge is used as a prompt for a story of 200 words. This week’s image is one of his and inspired me to join the happy fray of contributors.


Fresh Start

Desperate, she had gone to his old headquarters and pulled out all the stops. She begged, pleaded, and lauded her husband’s successes, his experience. She numbered the benefits of re-hiring him, appealed to a decade of friendship, cajoled, and prodded.
They needed a fresh start.
The CEO had a slot to fill where no one wanted to go.
Providential, he thought, and drafted the contract waiting for signatures.

The family was going back to Vietnam.

She believed her humiliation was saving the children, herself… and even him, the collapsed bastard in the back seat, a dishrag mumbling a broken record of ‘I can’t leave’, in weeping fits.
‘I love her! Don’t you understand?’ he screamed again.
She said nothing for over 700 km, full of fury, shame, and misery.
She had already spoken all she could say.

She drove through the unforgiving night, treacherous roads, sporadic downpours, and brutal gales to arrive by morning.
He would sign the damn contract.

She parked in the No Parking zone. Sullen skies watched him step in dog shit.
Smiling, she broke her silence:
‘It brings good luck’ she said with a shrug.
He stared at her with clenched teeth and walked the stench into his war zone.

About emmylgant

Cloud watcher and dreamer sometimes wise, often foolish, but I am what I am.
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26 Responses to Fresh Start

  1. The last 4 lines (with about 45 words) would also be good as 50-word story!

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  2. Singledust says:

    I like that you stated the children were her priority – tiger mother and all that fury. The anger and single minded determination very evident in your writing. totally loved the story, had me grinding my teeth you know!

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    • emmylgant says:

      Belated thanks for your comment and input. I’m pleased that the story moved you.
      Sometimes the options for women are few. They were for our mothers’ and grandmothers’ generations. This lady had guts and achieved her aim.
      Thank you again for your kindness.

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  3. mandibelle16 says:

    So he has this affair, ends up losing his job and disgracing his family, is what I’m getting. But she goes to her connections and finds him a job, to save their family honor, despite that he loves this other woman. She doesn’t care. I think that’s what happened? It’s an interesting story. The wife is very strong but also manipulative as well. Nice write!


  4. Even pruning it down you made a story that captured the reader and felt her anger all through the journey. Excellent.

    Welcome to the fray Em. Hope to see you here again.


  5. Dale says:

    That was fantastic! I love her. She has some serious power.

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    • emmylgant says:

      Thanks Dale.
      You know, I didn’t think of her power when I wrote that. As I pictured the scene in my mind, I imagined the anger and desperation of her actions.
      Of course, you are right. The actions were those of a fighter, not a victim.

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  6. James says:

    There was a lot packed into those 200 words. Well done.


  7. Graham Lawrence says:

    Gutsy, stark and full of emotion. Wow 8)


  8. All that action in just a few words! Brilliant.

    Click to visit Keith’s Ramblings!

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  9. Wrenching take here. Visceral.


  10. Dear Emmy,

    Wow. You took my breath away. Evocative and emotional.




  11. ceayr says:

    Wow, Em, action-packed, emotion-filled, blockbuster!
    Just enough left unsaid to keep us wondering.
    You should do this more often, it is terrific.


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