Day 10 of the challenge!
My theme is NIFTY NUGGETS. Little nuggets of writing based on a photo, a phrase and an object, which is designed to encourage lean, tight writing. I’m aiming for a word count of under 300 words.
Thank you to L.Diane Wolfe for providing the beautiful photo prompts. You can visit her blog to check out more pictures.
PHRASE – wading in an ice cold stream
OBJECT – collage
When I think back, I always wonder which incident marked the beginning of the end? It’s a bit of a blur…
Actually, it was gradual, a number of incidents over a period of time, which unfolded as a collage, the bright and happy memories interspersed with the warning signs. I chose the path of ignorance, after all, everything was hunky-dory. But the Saturday picnic trips began to dwindle, visits were cut short as he had work matters to attend to, the ever-increasing out-of-town meetings, a whiff of perfume here and there…
The final was his pictures on the Facebook timeline of a complete stranger. The two looked quite cosy as they gazed at the lens.
Now that one really stung.
You know the hot shooting pain that you experience as that fragile, gelatinous body brushes up against you, at the height of your beach jollification,when you least expect it?
I should have seen it coming. Time and time again, I had been warned. He’ll suck you in, mess you around and then as the truth sinks in, your emotions run the gamut from hot to cold, just like the shock of stepping from a hot dry surface and into an ice-cold mountain stream with a pair of leaking waders which will guarantee a very quick, cold and wet end.
We’re just good friends, nothing more.
I’ll be careful, after all forewarned is forearmed.
Oh, I was smart, all right! For every piece of advice, I had the perfect response.
They said he didn’t consciously seek out his victims. He was simply an expert at spotting an opportunity, and he knew exactly when to pounce.
Now a few thousand dollars poorer, and my heart in pieces, I can bear testament to that fact.