18 September 2012

Tuesday Tales Picture prompt

This is  September's Picture Prompt week. Thank you for coming by and I hope you'll visit all the other participants in this week's Tuesday Tales.
“You’re joking! Tell me you’re joking.” Max stared at the woman standing inches in front of him and wondered how it had come to this without him noticing.“I’m serious.  This is not a joke.” Doreen’s glance took in the opulent office, the panoramic view beyond the glass walls before fixing her husband with a steely glare. “If you spent less time wedded to your job than your marriage it may not have passed you by.  After all you’re the last to notice.”
His gaze dropped to his wife’s midriff, to the obvious swell of her belly. “We said no kids…”
 
You said no kids,” Doreen interrupted. “When I walked you promised we could have kids.”
 
“But so soon…”
 
“Five years is too soon?”
 
Had they been married so long?  It hit him how little time he’d spent with the woman he’d wanted to himself. Where had the years gone, and who was this hard faced stranger?
 
Automatically he took the papers she held out. “What’s this?”
 
“Divorce papers.”
 
Two ice-laden words, that pierced his heart. No joke, Doreen was serious. “On what grounds?”
 
“Desertion.” Raising her hand she indicated their surroundings.
 
Disbelief leant volume to his voice. “It’s given you everything you wanted. The house, money, cars, designer clothes.”
 
“But not your heart, you never understood that’s all I wanted.” Doreen hesitated at the door.  “Goodbye, Max.”
 
* * *
 
Releasing the past had been harder than expected.
 
“Well?” Allan’s love embraced her when she joined him outside the office buildings.
 
Doreen placed her hand in his. “It’s done.”
 
“To new beginnings,” she said, raising her glass thirty minutes later.
 
"New beginnings.” Allan echoed and reached across the table to brush a kiss on her lips before touching his champagne flute with hers. “New beginnings.”

14 comments:

Iris B said...

He lost big time, didn't he. Like your post, Sherry. So who's the daddy?

V.L. Locey said...

Yep, that`s what happens buddy. A woman will only take so much. Nicely done!

Karen said...

Good for her standing up to him. Men think they can get away with that nonsense. True love is worth more than any material thing in this world. Great job Sherry.

Jean said...

Powerful post, Sherry. Nice to see a woman stand up for herself. And guy number two better be better than hubby! Are you going to continue this? I like it.

Sherry Gloag said...

Iris, thanks for your kind words, I just wrote to the pic, this week, so have no idea who the characters are!

Sherry Gloag said...

:-) Thanks for your thoughts V.L. Locey. I appreciate your company.

Sherry Gloag said...

The power of a picture, Karen :-) Thanks for coming by.

Sherry Gloag said...

Jean, thanks for your kind words. As for going further with this? I don't know. It's what tumbled out when I looked at the pic. As you know I can't even give it a genre!! LOL

Davee said...

It happens oh so often, people not truly loving and appreciating someone until it's too late.

Sherry Gloag said...

Very true, Davee. Thanks for coming by.

J.P. Grider said...

First he didn't know she was pregnant,then, he doesn't even know how long they've been married? then he gets served divorce papers? Excellent. He got what he deserved.

Carolyn Gibbs said...

Great story, Sherry. I think she was never pregnant. Just said that to get out of the marriage. Well done.

Sherry Gloag said...

:-) Thanks for your comments J. P. Grider. Glad you enjoyed it.

Sherry Gloag said...

Carolyn, I love it when people put a new slant on a scene and opens it up for me to reassess. Thanks for your comments.