This week, I tried to throw Christine Hennebury a curve-ball in our ongoing game where I send her a photo and uses it for inspiration in a piece of flash fiction. Joke’s on me, as I think this is her best story yet. The last line totally left me wanting to know what happens next!
Christine and I are having so much fun with this, we want to invite you to play along too. Details below!
At first, I used to pretend I was doing something else. Enjoying the night air or whatever. Anything to get out on to the patio.
He never goes out back so he didnâ€™t catch on, didnâ€™t insist that everything outside be as â€˜spic and spanâ€™ as he wants the inside of the house kept. I could just leave everything in a pile, a secret protest.
These days, I find he pisses me off so often that I canâ€™t go through the pretense of a breath of fresh air. Thereâ€™d hardly be time to get back inside before I headed out again.
So, now, I just keep my cigarettes tucked into a pink, plastic soap case in the planter outside our bathroom window. After that last soothing draw, I toss the butt down on to the patio and close the window.
Youâ€™d think heâ€™d smell the smoke on me but I guess his lousy cologne has dulled his senses because he has never mentioned it. And I know he would mention it.
Another 384 days and the terms of our pre-nup are fulfilled.
For that kind of cash, I can outlast him.
So, would you like to play, too? Christine gets one new photo a week, but I can send it to you, too, if you’d like to play along. We’re making up the rules as we go along. Post it on your own site or social media channels, send it to me and I’ll post it here, or you can post it in the comments – however you’d like to play along, but please link back to the original post here and Christine’s site. I think it would be super fun to see everyone’s different takes on the photo of the week. If you’d like to be included, leave a comment below and I’ll get in touch!