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’s photo takes me back to another time, a fictional time, of course, when I lived a very different life from today.
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Click here to hear me read this 100-second story:
Love in the Afternoon
I stare out over the grey, god-forsaken town.
I am on the fourteenth floor of a Holiday Inn, almost anywhere.
It is Sunday afternoon, and it is dreich.
Does it always rain here, I wonder, or has this project made me cynical?
It has dragged on, the rules, the goals, the ‘deliverables’, constantly altered by my far away paymasters.
Even the local staff keeps changing, so time is lost retraining.
It is a dismal day, in a dismal place, when I should be at home with my family.
But this weekend I had to stay, to be hands-on at critical points during the testing phase.
I would be utterly depressed, if not for one thing.
Behind me, I hear her stir in the bed.
She is not a young woman, but still attractive.
I told her I was lonely, she told me she gets bored.
This afternoon was, I suppose, inevitable.
I am not sure how she managed to escape her responsibilities, but I am grateful.
This is not something that has ever happened to me before.
She starts to giggle.
I turn, smiling.
Then we both start to laugh.
What would our kids think, my wife asks.