Ooops. a Little Late

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Never a thought for anyone but himself.

I drove home, that self-righteous voice narrating my way.

He would mutter his “’Morning” and paid no attention to me after that.

And then yesterday he snapped when I dared walk into his office!

Seems to think he can do everything by himself?  Fine.  Let him cross the Styx by himself.

Imagine my surprise when I got home and found the single rose and the note apologizing for his behavior as he finished his super important project at work, the note that promised a special second honeymoon where ever I wanted to go.

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word count = 100

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53 thoughts on “Ooops. a Little Late

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Don’t sweat the small stuff, but also, if either of them had started a conversation about it, they never would have gotten to this point. So maybe try turning down the heat before it boils over would be a good moral to the story.

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  1. Margaret

    Sounds like a couple who should have discussed and worked through their trigger points long before it got to this point. At least she gets a holiday. I like the idea of his ‘self-righteous voice’ in her mind as she drives to do the fatal deed, and the River Styx image. Very good.

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  2. Rowena

    I wonder how much any of us invest in improving our relationships? Geoff and I have been married for 20 years and have never had marriage counselling, attended a marriage course or even read a book on the subject. How is that for low maintenance?! We have had family counselling and support around my health issues, but not actually working on our relationship. After 20 years, too, there are differences in each other we’d like to change and at various times have changed. There are even things in ourselves we’ve tried to change and failed. Reading through all of these stories tonight, has been insightful. I might go and read the book my grandfather Better late than never. I guess that depends on which of these stories you are reading.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I think a lot of couples do work it out pretty well. We’ve been married about 25 years with no major issues, no councilor etc., (no murders and hiding the body ;) ) and my parents are over 65 years. But,then, good relationships don’t always make good very short stories. Plus. I’m sure there are a lot who can’t seem to work it out, and some who do end up at the bottom of the swamp…

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      1. Rowena

        Congratulations on 25 years of marriage. It’s a significant achievement and such a blessing. Geoff and I look out for each other and it’s so good going through life with a partner. We have quite different interests and are fairly opposite personality wise, but we complement each other well.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          In ways, opposites do attracted, but only when they compliment each other and there are a lot of similarities.. Actually, for us we still have 4 months until we reach 25 :)

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  3. GHLearner

    I know what the river Styx is but I didn’t know about that phrase. On Urban dictionary, I found a rather unsettling definition but from the comments I take it that she actually killed him? I had initially thought that she planned to leave him (die lonely) and that the anger was turned with his little gesture. I find it annoying when I’m all upset and someone apologizes nicely… Wastes a good rage. :D

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It’s funny that it is a real phrase since I thought I was making it up to fit the story. The implication was that she had killed him, but it can be taken any way that you want – the door is left open that she was just super mad.

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  4. pennygadd51

    This is a very telling phrase, Trent: “that self-righteous voice narrating my way.” For me, that voice more than anything else explains why he had to go.
    Very imaginative and well-worked story.

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  5. Ocean Bream

    I had to google what Styx was…. and then the story made complete sense. My goodness, this was awesome. One word can change an entire meaning. I feel bad for that poor guy, people are allowed to be busy and short lol!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      If we weren’t all allowed to be busy, a bit forgetful of our significant others, and perhaps a bit snappy at times, I would have crossed the River Styx a long time ago… lol. I wanted a good way to hint that she killed him and hid the body without coming right out and saying it, so I figured using Styx was a good way of doing it – thanks for looking it up so you could “get” the story! Always nice when people make the effort :)

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