3 Steps to Heaven – Sunday Photo Fiction

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.

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes

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
It worked.
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:

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35 Responses to 3 Steps to Heaven – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. The circle of love! I wonder how many this rings true for?


  2. mandibelle16 says:

    Hehe yes I know, it’s real life I know very well. But perhaps underneath the obvious is more. You can’t blame me for thinking your speaker killed someone again 🙂


  3. mandibelle16 says:

    A sad way to get to the after life or not. As Maria points out, hopefully it’s not always like this. Then, I’ve never believed it was or is works that get you into heaven and not the totals of your mistakes. Hugs CE. Great song.


  4. rogershipp says:

    Well written and so sad an outcome.


  5. That is me spot on lol. I haven’t heard this song for a long time, it was great to hear it again. One thing I don’t get though. Who died?


  6. Perfect start, perfect middle and absolutely perfect end! The story of my life!

    Click to read my tale


  7. maryruth16 says:

    Clever, C. E and very real. Love the twist at the end.


  8. maria says:

    Witty take, C.E. Ironic and sardonic, this is. But I do hope not all steps to heaven ends this way.


  9. Lynn Love says:

    Sounds like my parents’ relationship! And sadly, many, many others out there too. What a shame he spent so long wooing a woman who would only love him for such a short amount of time. Love how you used the song to frame the story – very affective, C. 🙂


  10. A broken heart — but a resilient one I suspect when the next “one” comes along.


  11. Just shows love is perishable commodity and comes with an expiry date.


  12. With great risk comes great reward. Or not. The romantic will always keep trying.


  13. Dang, I was that girl…still am actually, but I’m so glad that we changed each other.


  14. Iain Kelly says:

    A typical tale of a fair few marriages I’m sure. Shame he had to work so hard to win her over – maybe he should have seen that as a warning sign that it wouldn’t last.


  15. Dale says:

    Pity… All that for naught.


  16. Steve Lakey says:

    There are no guarantees in love or life. But Eddie Cochran can help to soothe a broken heart.

    Liked by 1 person

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