17 September 2011

A Picture’s Worth A Thousand Words

by Diane Carlisle

Silence is Golden

This is my post for the September 2011 Blog Chain at Absolute Write. This month's challenge is to respond to a picture.

"We can't keep meeting like this," he said.

She pulled out another cigarette. He struck a match and cupped the tip as it flickered. She leaned in and let the flame dust the tip, drawing the smoke into her mouth and letting it fill her lungs.

She lifted her head up and away from him and blew the fumes out, "What's the matter? The Mrs. keeping you tied up on a leash now?"

"It's not like that." He drank the last of his scotch and placed the glass on the bar as the ice clinked to the bottom.

"One more, Frank?" the barkeep asked.

Frank nodded. He stared into his empty glass.

She crushed out her cigarette, picked up her purse, and stood. "So, I guess this is it?"

He looked at her for the last time. Her beautiful red lips turned down at the corners, eyes ablaze with anger.

She cracked an open hand across his cheek. "I'm sure you'll be happy one day, Frank."

He watched her leave. She had a hell of a figure, that one.

A stranger at the end of the bar lifted his bourbon and gave a slight nod of condolence.

Frank raised his glass back at the stranger and they drank in silence.

Here are the other participants and their responses if they've been posted:

orion_mk3 (link to post)
BigWords (link to post)
robeiae (link to post)
pezie (link to post)
Ralph Pines (link to post)
AbielleRose (link to post)
Darkshore (link to post)
dolores haze (link to post)
Alynza (link to post)
pyrosama (YOU ARE HERE)
lufftocraft (link to post)
Cath (link to post)

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