Posted: October 9, 2019 in Friday Fictioneers
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No need to tell me your sad story. I know how your world worked with Angela. Upside down. Crisscross. Days and memories folding over one another until you couldn’t tell up from down.
Sometimes she was the woman you couldn’t wait to see, other times, angry times, you ran from her, faster than the wind. Even after your children disappeared you found reasons to stay.

No crying on my knee. No bunching my skirts and wailing about Angela locked behind bars. She made her choices, you made yours.

At one time my choice was you.

  1. Danny James says:

    Sad story and well written.

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  2. Powerful stuff. Nice!

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  3. neilmacdon says:

    A tour de force, Alicia

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    I guess she wasn’t worth it, but he realised too late. Great writing Alicia.

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  5. James McEwan says:

    I loved this. In a few words you have captured the emotional drain and breakdown that persists if the mind is unable to let go. Let go and move on. When something gets under your skin and clings on – change your skin.

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  6. Sandra says:

    There are so many stories in these few lines, Alicia. And every one a winner. I feel as though I know three people rather better than I want to. Great stuff, and good to see you on the squares again.

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  7. Dear Lish,

    Good to see you back in FF. You’ve been missed. Powerful voice in this. It sounds like her future choices won’t include this person. Well done.



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  8. bearmkwa says:

    Ou, that was good! 🙂 ❤

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  9. draliman says:

    That sounds like a turbulent time with Angela around. Some people just can’t seem to leave no matter what.

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  10. Liz Young says:

    There’s a massive story in your 100 words – well told.

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  11. pennygadd51 says:

    That’s a powerful story, Lish, and your writing matches it perfectly. I particularly admired, “No crying on my knee. No bunching my skirts and wailing about Angela locked behind bars. She made her choices, you made yours.” You’ve caught the ideal voice for that strong woman.

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  12. ceayr says:

    Love the hint of regret behind the bitterness of three lives ruined.
    Beautifully crafted.

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  13. Dale says:

    This was fantastic, Alicia! So much told in so few words.
    Too bad, so sad, Bud… you missed your chance.

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  14. Sometimes, the drama in relationships keeps them going longer than they should.
    A very well executed write, Lish. Powerful and graphic in 100 words. Well done …
    Izzy 😎

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  15. I enjoyed this one very much, Alicia. So much said, so many layers. Well written!

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  16. Shew…that was a lot!
    100 words seemed like 1000’s.
    (that’s a good thing, btw)

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  17. I loved the voice in this story.

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  18. A good human interest character study with background, Alisha. Some people never seem to be able to grow up and face the truth. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  19. granonine says:

    Powerful and sad. If you can’t change it, let it be. To dwell is to relive the pain endlessly. Helpful to no one.

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