WEEK 18: Little did he know…

Prompted by: Mary Ellen

Iraq.

It took more than just his legs. So much more. It stole the man I loved. A piece of my heart.

Okay, that’s a complete and utter lie.

It stole the man I still love. Ripped out my entire heart. Left behind a raw, gaping hole I’ve never been able to fill.

I hate Iraq.

It’s been a decade.

Over a decade.

Ten years. Seven months. Thirteen days…

He froze in the doorway and growled, “You deserve better.”

“I don’t want better. Besides,” Wrapping my arms around his waist, I pressed my forehead between his shoulder blades. “I dig scars.”

His entire body tensed, taut as a bowstring. Then he turned toward me. Slowly. Painstakingly.

And I dared to hope. That he’d pull me close. Hold me tight. Promise me it would be okay.

Instead, he grabbed my shoulders and shoved me away, his mouth flattening into a stubborn line.

I knew exactly what he was about to say. Because he refused to meet my gaze. I wasn’t ready to hear it. I wasn’t prepared…

“We’re done.”

Fighting back tears, I choked out the words, “You don’t mean that.”

He meant it.

He left.

He didn’t once look back.

Little did he know…

I would never move on. I couldn’t. Not completely anyway.

He would always own me. I would always belong to him. And everyone else would pale in comparison.

Always.

It’s been over a decade since I’ve seen him.

He looks different. Leaner. Older. More worn in.

But nothing’s changed.

He’s still the sexiest man I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

I watch as he turns to leave.

“Tom.”

Not this time.

“I’ve missed you.”

I won’t let him.

What’s the prompt for next week, guys? 

Make suggestions below. 7 words or less.

27 thoughts on “WEEK 18: Little did he know…

  1. Aww! Fabulousness Mistress Ann!! Complete fabulousness!!

    Prompt suggestion . . .

    “Could you be any more stupid?”

  2. Tom’s back! But man, poor Tom, she’s not going away so just give in to the love. *smiles* So good, Mistress Ann.

    And I love Princess Jane’s prompt. So glad I wasn’t sipping my coffee when I read that:)

    Prompt:
    The tears wouldn’t stop.
    “Follow me,” he said tersely.

    1. Hahahaha, Queen Amanda!

      All I can think about right now is “Ewww, like toe fungus!” Of course, nobody else knows what the heck I’m talking about so…

      [insert crazy laugh here]

      Thank you so much for the prompts!!

      Hugs,
      Ann

  3. Whoa!! Love this! So many questions to that ending!

    Prompts –
    “I’m so confused” she said desperately.
    I don’t think it should be different.
    She glanced around before…
    “Two flights of stairs?!”

  4. Amazing! No pressure, but I will be expecting a perfect ending for this one next week Miss. Ann!!!!
    Prompts:
    If that’s the case…
    That smile…

    1. Aiya! There’s two Laura’s!! Oh, dear. I’m sure I’ve confused you ladies at some point…

      *grins sheepishly*

      Thank you very much for the awesome suggestions, Miss Laura! As for next week? Ooh! A squirrel!!

      *runs away*

      Tee hee.

    2. Hi other Laura! Love your name! 😉

      Are you the Laura who writes? If you are, I definitely love love love your stories!! If not, well, just ignore me. 🙃

      1. Other Laura IS certainly the Laura who writes. I actually thought she just decided to negate her surname sometimes haha! I’m gonna call you ladies Writing Laura and Reading Laura now. 😉

        Yeah, her stories are pretty stupendous, eh?

        *content sigh*

  5. I didn’t expect to meet Tom again. Now I really, really hope it wasn’t for the last time!
    Even though it is short I can feel the hurt they both suffer. Great writing Miss Ann!

    My prompts:
    I slowly opened my eyes
    There is no excuse for this!
    Only a phone call away

  6. You manage to get me every time… every dang time. Love it as usual.

    Prompt ideas:

    What it used to be
    First off,
    I’m with him
    How did we get here
    Swell…
    Come on, right away?
    I’m not surprised
    The pain of my heart
    I can’t wait
    The only problem I’ve ever had
    I’m not gonna get you
    It’s been like this

    1. Miss AnRo!

      *tackle hugs*

      I looooove your prompt suggestions! And so many to choose from!! Eeeek! And so happy you enjoyed the bit of brain vomit too, of course 😉

      More hugs,
      Ann

  7. You’re welcome! Speaking of which (or not, I don’t know, you’re the writer!), my seven words for next week:

    “They say you don’t dream in cryosleep…”

  8. How do you do?! Suck us in with just a few words! Love, love, love.
    Next week’s offering: ” Wider!”

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