Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in his picture (below).
This week Al resists a topical theme, instead showing us a photo which can be interpreted in a multitude of different ways.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and to see what others have written.
Click here to hear me read this 2 minute tale:
Three Steps to Heaven
Step one, you find a girl you love
I was a cynical, callow young man.
I thought I knew how to handle women until I met her.
Love at first sight.
The way she smiled.
The way she smelled.
The way she walked.
I was smitten.
Step two, she falls in love with you
She was out of my class.
I was just not her type.
I decided I’d do anything to win her heart.
I dropped my friends, the ‘bad crowd’ I hung out with.
I went back to my studies, worked towards a good degree.
I changed the way I dressed, tamed my hair.
I even learned how to speak properly, without profanities.
I became accepted in her circles.
I charmed her slowly, surely, over a period of almost three years.
Step three, you kiss and hold her tightly
We married, raised two children together.
Spent five happy years in love.
The rest of the time loathing each other.
Fifteen years of arguments, fights, infidelities, betrayals.
Now she says she is leaving me.
I have agreed to move into a little apartment in town.
I will live alone there.
Yeah, that sure seems like heaven to me
Go on, you know you can’t resist Eddie: