WEEK 18: Little did he know…

Prompted by: Mary Ellen


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.


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.


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:)

    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!!


  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!!!!
    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
    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,

  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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