Posted: February 14, 2018 in Friday Fictioneers
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For fifty-six years I’ve pinned this photograph to the wall or taped it to the mirror.
Sometimes it’s buried in my wallet.
How I miss you.
Because it was Christmas, you wore a red velvet dress.
Because I was angry I wore black boxing shorts and a torn yellow shirt.
At the party, you laughed, smiled and flirted with me
as if I weren’t the biggest jerk around.
We both drank too much, I know that, but I drank until I couldn’t see.
Still, I heard – brakes squealing, shattering glass.
And. One. Shrill. Scream.


  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Such a tragedy that will follow him for the rest of his life. Thankfully attitudes to drink driving seem to be changing.

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  2. Oh my goodness, a very powerful story. A decision that will haunt his remaining days.

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  3. A memory that will never go away. How sad.

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  4. Sandra says:

    That’s very sad. And told with such tangible regret and nostalgia. Well done, Alicia.

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  5. Lynn Love says:

    A real chiller, Lish, especially that last line. He’s been an idiot, and yet you still manage to make him a sympathetic character. Skillfully done

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    • Yes, he has been an idiot. As they say, youth is wasted on the young. Thanks for reading and leaving such a kind comment. Hope you had a delightful Valentine’s Day.

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      • Lynn Love says:

        A moment of stupidity, a lifetime’s regret. Damaging so many lives.
        I’m a florist, so my V Day and the week run up was spent working very long hours in the shop, making bouqets for very harrassed looking men before going home and collapsing with a beer! Hope you had a nice one 🙂

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      • Thanks, Lynn, it was lovely. Flowers (purchased at the local grocery store) and a card full of butterflies then cheese fondue with a good bottle of wine. Sorry yours was filled with harried men who neglect to plan ahead! It’s nice to know what you do “on the side.”


  6. Danny James says:

    That happends way too much. Don’t know how he can live with himself with that memory.


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  7. plaridel says:

    poor chap. he’ll carry the guilt the rest of his life.

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  8. Moon says:

    It’s probably not a good idea to go to a party when one is really angry.
    I feel so terrible that she was dressed in a pretty red dress and hadnt the least idea what awaited ahead.
    Wonderfully told.

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  9. Norma says:

    Now it’s his burden for the rest of his life. Sad and powerful story, Alicia.


  10. yarnspinnerr says:

    A lot of story 100 words. Marvelous.

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  11. Jelli says:

    Many years ago… i was in junior high, I think. I wrote a drunk driving story that read something like this. I won first place for the state Young Authors that year… sigh… I patterned it off the reality of my brother’s car accident, but only Mom knew the real of it. I haven’t thought about that story in years…wish I still had a copy of it to share,

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  12. For all this years we still wish that day undone…. the day where the roads divided… a very strong tale.

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  13. rgayer55 says:

    Some images stay frozen in our consciousness, but having a photo only makes it more unforgettable.

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  14. subroto says:

    Looks like he is trapped in the cycle of remorse and regret, After fifty six years he should forgive himself.

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  15. ceayr says:

    Terrific tale of personal torment.

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  16. Dear Lish,

    Powerful story. That poor man will forever live with that regret. Well told.



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  17. granonine says:

    That’s a long time to carry such a burden of remorse.

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  18. You capture his remorse very well. The guilt and pain of that mistake will never leave him.

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  19. ahtdoucette says:

    An intriguing story and cautionary tale all in one. I find myself wondering what their relationship was and how much of this is survivor’s guilt. Who was driving and who let who drive. And if she was even in the car or a hit and run or…? All the possibilities make it a good mental puzzle.

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  20. Sarah Ann says:

    So well done. His regret is palpable. I wonder if he drank again…

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  21. Laurie Bell says:

    Oh my gosh… that last line. What a haunting piece

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  22. Love the terse prose style, the tautness of the plot- what a gripping story.


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