Photo (c) J. Hardy Carroll


Words 100

I can still hear the rush of feet, echoes of laughter, the soft whispers and warm sighs.

My vision blurs.

I loved him.

He loved me.

What went wrong?

He turns away.

“How have you been?” I call out.

“Why do you care?” His voice is harsh.

“I just do.”

“If you did, you wouldn’t have left.”

“Why didn’t you stop me?”

“You wanted to leave. Be free.”

“But you didn’t care enough to stop me?”

“Wasn’t that your grievance? That I imposed my dictates on you?”


“That’s why I backed off, to let you do as you wanted.”


Written for the Friday Fictioneers – a story in 100 words or less. Thanks to Rochelle for hosting the irresistible challenge and J. Hardy Carroll for the beautiful photo. To read the other stories inspired by this post, click here.

Thanks also to those whose commented on this story which triggered this post 🙂

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31 thoughts on “Backfired”

  1. Brilliantly done again, Dahlia. I feel there’s some miscommunication here between the two, like man vs woman thinking, or just two different personalities who were in a relationship. Sometimes it is hard to get what someone really means. Love is complex 😀

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  2. This is so typical of the “games” couples play. So much time is wasted on hoping the other understands what we don’t say… communication goes a long way in happiness!
    Very well done, Dahlia!

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  3. This is so sad and sounds very true. Partners so often seem to think the other can read their minds and the misunderstandings, like here, keep happening until it’s too late to sort them out.

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  4. Well done Dahlia, you captured something very real, both parties expecting more from each other, hoping and expecting the other to react until the time has gone and it’s too late. Great take on the prompt

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