Love – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
And she has selected, for this week’s prompt, to my surprise, a photo by me.
Which immediately made me think of a story I wrote for this challenge less than a year ago. It was quite good, I wish I had kept it!

The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture, below.

© C E Ayr

Click here to hear the author read the story:
Love

She says I get on her nerves.
She drives me crazy.
She really can be irritating.
No, let’s be honest, she is quite infuriating.
Everything has to be done her way.
To her timescale.
With no discussion.
She has two tactics.
A violent outburst.
Or stony silence.
Either can be, and often is, followed by a turned back and a three or four day absence.
But my feelings change.
From anger at her childishness, through relief at the tranquility, to concern that she won’t come back.
At last I know where I am.
Between a rock and a hard place.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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85 Responses to Love – Friday Fictioneers

  1. You’ve described it perfectly!

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  3. tedstrutz says:

    I had one like that once. Thanks for the photo, C.E.

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  4. magarisa says:

    It certainly sounds like he can’t stand living with her, but can’t stand living without her either. Great take on the prompt.

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  5. HonieBriggs says:

    Exceptional, sir.

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  7. Susan says:

    Your storytelling skills are quite phenomenal. I don’t see anything wrong with having to have it her way, however. She is woman and probably right. (LOL)

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    • ceayr says:

      You are too kind, Susan.
      Were we together in a former life, your sentiments are so familiar?
      And yes, she is woman, so certainly and – please god – unarguably right!

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      • Susan says:

        I have never been accused of being too kind. Maybe it’s my distant Scottish heritage. My grandfather claimed to have been born in Scotland although public records tell a different story. My g-g-grandfather was a Tarniff man (hope I got the town right,going off memory). But a former life sounds more intriguing.

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        • ceayr says:

          Nevertheless, you were very kind.
          Turriff, perhaps? In Aberdeenshire.
          Unless you have a pronounced stutter,, I think your g-g-grandfather might be even older than me, so it looks like we have to agree you were less pleasant in a former existence.
          Please don’t shout at me.

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  9. Sandi says:

    That saying had escaped my mind, until you mention it here! Oh, that’s right – rock and hard place. Nicely done!

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  10. liz young says:

    That sounded heartfelt! And thanks for a great photo.

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  11. Dear Ceayr, Congrats that your pix is the photo prompt for this week.
    What a fabulous story that very aptly conveyed the worries of a man enslaved to love or whatever that feeling is.

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  15. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Beautiful words describing a horrible situation. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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  16. Very nice. :o) You are probably in good company if you count how many others are in that same position.

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  17. Oh that love thing! Great photo for the prompt btw.

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  18. wmqcolby says:

    Great stuff, C.E. Voice is great, story marvelous. Truthful.

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  19. rgayer55 says:

    It sounds like a match made in heaven. I’m sure those days of silent treatment are a much needed relief from the periods of constant bellyaching about trivial matters. Ah, such is love.

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  20. plaridel says:

    he needs to learn only two words to keep the peace: yes, dear. 🙂

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  21. There is a third option. It’s called ‘walking away’. 🙂 Great little non-love poem. It sums up some relationships to the T.

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  22. Nan Falkner says:

    She sure has a good grip on him! Nice and romantic love poem!

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  23. michael1148humphris says:

    Your story. It’s enough to put one off marriage for good. If so you might have saved the world.🙂🙂

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  24. I agree with Neil. Love isn’t always perfect, either.

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  25. Haha. I know that feeling

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  26. Dale says:

    Your last line… my title! Too funny…
    That said, this was a good one. I’ve had that relationship. It’s exhausting.

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  28. I know where I am – blissfully alone with not a rock or hard place in sight! (Except in my story this week!)

    Click to read my FFfAW

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  29. granonine says:

    This one just had me laughing. Excellent last phrase.

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  30. Joy Pixley says:

    Nice take on the prompt. But oh my, what a tragic tale. That narrator has a terrible idea about what love is — but then, he keeps going back, so maybe the two of them deserve each other!

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  31. gahlearner says:

    Ain’t love grand? She seems to be quite the tactician, or maybe it is his perception? I’d like to read her thoughts on it as well. 🙂

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  32. James says:

    I can certainly see the stony silence and the rock.

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  34. Rowena says:

    Loved that last line, CE. Well done. I felt for the guy in your story and wonder why he hangs round. Deserves better.
    Thanks for the photo prompt for this week. Where was it taken? I stumbled across Green Man while researching Westminster Abbey and after seeing hundreds of versions of him carved in stone, I couldn’t help seeing a face in this rock. Perhaps, the ratio of crazy has finally past the point of no return.
    xx Rowena

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    • ceayr says:

      Thank you, Rowena, the title tells you why.
      Photo from Chinese Garden in Chinatown, Vancouver, BC, great city, beautiful people.
      Um, perhaps, er, finally? That ship has long sailed, sweetheart!

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  35. Very well said. As couples mature they should grow closer; sometimes they grow apart. But worst is where one never matures and the other has to suffer the difference.

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  36. Haha what a place – I (now) know it so well. Big fat – or should that be muscular? – tick for this one.

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  37. Iain Kelly says:

    The last line did make me chuckle.

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  38. Brilliant conclusion to a well constructed tale – loved it!

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  39. The sad resolve of love turned sour.I was once married to that woman. We all had to act in her play. Thanks for the photo.

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  40. pennygadd51 says:

    Good story, leading inexorably to the last line. Nice one!

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  41. Dear CE,

    Perfect story or an intriguing photo. Thank you for both this week. The last line sums it up beautifully

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  42. Moon says:

    That terrible thing called ‘love’! 🙂 Great story!

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  43. neilmacdon says:

    I’m always a fan of non-romantic love stories. Well executed!

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