Tweet of the Day: teaser Tuesday has a knife and isn’t afraid to use it
Well, you know the drill. New month, new Blog Chain from our friends from the Absolute Write forums:
March 2012 Blog Chain
Starting Date: Monday, March 5, 2012
Open to all forum members, even after it starts!
This month’s prompt:
Write wherever the prompt inspires you. It can be fiction or non-fiction, all wet or high and dry, mushy mud or hard-packed earth. If you want to go with snow, hail, boiling hellrain, biblical frograin, or some other kind of precipitation, knock yourself out.
Simply post your blog’s URL in this thread to join. Each post should be less than 1000 words if possible. Read and comment on other participants’ posts if you possibly can–they’ll be doing the same for you!
So lets have at it, shall we?
The clouds outside gave us the rain, but we provided the thunder. Her shouts shredded what was left of we.
“Say something!” she screamed at me from across the living room. Tears streaked down her cheeks. She paced on her side of the room like a caged lioness.
“And say what?” I said. I held my tongue. To say it was to make it true.
“Anything!,” she turned her back at me, “I hate you. Your smugness, your need to be always right, to be the good guy.”
“Smugness?” She would not let this go. The idea that I was anything but the wronged party pissed me off, “Fine! This is over. The marriage, this family, is over and all because of you. I should have seen it sooner, the secrets, the sneaking around and now our son is curled under the sheets, listening to every word we say.” She wheeled around, her eyes wide in horror. “That’s right. I’ve been there Alice, I know what it feels to have your world torn apart by people that say they cared about you. But guess what, I wasn’t the one who instead of telling the truth decided to cheat with a co-worker. I trusted you and you destroyed it all.”
“You were never there,” she said, her shoulders slumped, her eyes fixed on the stairs. The stairs that lead to Ricky’s room.
“I was working, providing, doing my part. I remember how you bragged to your friends about the new house, and the car and the vacations. Who the hell payed for all of that? But it wasn’t enough. Okay, I get that. But you never told me! You kept your mouth shut and cheated on me. Go back to your shrink, and your cosmo zipping friends. This marriage is over. There is only one thing left.”
“And what is that?”
“Who will our son love or hate. Because that is what it really boils down to Alice. He is going to love one of us and hate the other. It’s just that simple,” the idea that Ricky would hate me as I once hated my father churned my stomach. “I can live with that. But,” I pointed at her, “the one thing I will not let you do is use him as a weapon against me. Do you hear me? You can have whatever you want, the house, the car, whatever, but Ricky’s future is none negotiable.”
“How dare you!”
“Speak the truth? Somebody has too. I told you, I’ve been here before. I know this dance.”
“I am not that harpy of a mother you got.”
“True, harpies are known for screeching, not lying.”
Those words were the final slap. She ran upstairs. The next morning my lawyers met her lawyers. Court dates were set, documents drawn up, deals struck. All for naught. For it rained again the day Alice slid her car under the semi. Could have been the weather or at 1.0 the alcohol in her blood.
It rained the day of her funeral too.
We stood, under a canopy of black umbrellas as the preacher spoke his words. Little Ricky sat beside me. There was no question of who he would love and hate. It would be me in equal measure. That was my lot until the day I died. And with my luck, it would rain.
Please visit and comment on the blogs below:
Participants and posts:
orion_mk3 – http://nonexistentbooks.wordpress.com (link to this month’s post)
Bogna – http://bemaslanka.wordpress.com (link to this month’s post)
Ralph Pines – https://ralfast.wordpress.com (link to this month’s post)
Nissie – http://www.paperheroes.net (link to this month’s post)
Lyra Jean – http://beyondtourism.wordpress.com (link to this month’s post)
Domoviye – http://working-in-china.com (link to this month’s post)
magicmint – http://www.loneswing.com (link to this month’s post)
areteus – http://lurkingmusings.wordpress.com (link to this month’s post)
julzperri – http://www.fishandfrivolity.blogspot.com (link to this month’s post)
hillaryjacques – http://hillaryjacques.blogspot.com (link to this month’s post)
Turndog-Millionaire – http://turndog-millionaire.com (link to this month’s post)
AFord – http://af12.webs.com (link to this month’s post)
pyrosama – http://matrix-hole.blogspot.com (link to this month’s post)
Tomspy77 – http://thomas-willam-spychalski.webs.com (link to this month’s post)
ronbwriting – http://ronbwriting.blogspot.com (link to this month’s post)
randi.lee – http://emotionalnovel.blogspot.com (link to this month’s post)
J. W. Alden – http://www.authoralden.com (link to this month’s post)