Decision – 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 the prompt photo, which this week is provided courtesy of
my favourite Fictioneer, Sandra Crook.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.

© Sandra Crook

Click here to hear the writer read his words:


That is probably the best word to describe our romance.
We have had wonderful times together.
We still do, sometimes.
Other times we don’t.
Somehow we irritate each other.
Quite often, we aggravate each other.
I am beginning to think that quite often is becoming too often.
I know you do too.
So where do we go from here?
Do we try again, knowing that we will be back here soon?
Do we just give up, and walk away?
I don’t have a good answer.
But I do know this.
Without you, my life would be in ruins.

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59 Responses to Decision – Friday Fictioneers

  1. lisarey1990 says:

    Didn’t know where this was going. Great write.


  2. notestowomen says:

    Great story. I especially liked the line: “…quite often is becoming too often.” I feel for him.


  3. jillyfunnell says:

    Quite often becoming too often – a chilling phrase. Yet the writer is in for the long haul and knows it. Brilliant writing.


  4. A great description of a turbulent romance, C.E. Well done. I’m glad both ended up alive. 🙂 — Suzanne


  5. Margaret says:

    Taking the good with the bad – that’s what it’s all about. Some are better at it than others. Your story captures the feelings perfectly, and I love the ending line.


  6. msjadeli says:

    If it involves humans it is going to get messy…


  7. Abhijit Ray says:

    That is true love and you are going nowhere.


  8. Tessa says:

    We never fought. He simply walked out and when he came back I apologized. Not the ideal solution. After 23 years we called it quits when another someone came along and took him away because I couldn’t bring myself to ask for a divorce. They’ve been together 20 years now and I don’t envy him one bit. She’s a real peach and not sweet, but tart.


  9. James McEwan says:

    The most familiar is easy, and where yearning for a change fails, the familiar will do.
    A phase in life and every relationship, perhaps.


  10. Love the feel of the internal monologue. Lovely


  11. mjlstories says:

    That eternal dilemma! I take it you have been/are married?


  12. Nobbinmaug says:

    I think you’ve captured well the inner dialogue of many in relationships.


  13. bearmkwa says:

    Sounds like marriage. Great write this week. Personally, when we start getting on each other’s nerves, one or the other of us takes off for the weekend…usually me as I’m not so addicted to technology. Like they say, sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder.


  14. Yup..knowing the author I didn’t expect her to live without him. (lol)
    You’ve described so many moments in so many relationships.


  15. There are very few relationships where one or the other party doesn’t wish to throw in the towel at one time or another. I love the last line!


  16. I was also waiting for him to knock her off! This very realistic of relationships. We notice what’s not working more often than what is working. Hats off to him for acknowledging she contributed to who he is today. Does it mean they need to stay together? I don’t think so.


  17. draliman says:

    A situation many find themselves in, I think. Nice one!


  18. Awww, that was brilliantly melancholic and sentimental Sir…even though, like Iain, I kept waiting for him to bump her off.


  19. Dale says:

    That is the worst phase of a relationship that is not going according to plan… needing to have whatever is left…


  20. granonine says:

    I had to read this through twice because I didn’t want to miss any nuance of this lovely, sad piece of writing. Wonderful piece.


  21. pennygadd51 says:

    Your story feels deeply personal. It’s all the more powerful in that nothing happens, and the situation remains unresolved. Clever writing, CE!


  22. For some couples, the fun is in the fighting. Very romantic closing line.
    Perhaps there’s a murder/suicide in their near future.


  23. Michael says:

    relationships are a rich ground and you did not disappoint.


  24. Iain Kelly says:

    A contemplative piece, I was waiting for him to bump her off. Not this week. Expertly done.

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  25. Sandra says:

    The despair of that stage in a relationship, when there seems no way back, no way forward and no way out. Been there, done that on more than a few occasions. Concisely captured in an almost plaintive manner.


  26. Dear CE,

    Can’t live with em can’t live without em. Quite the dilemma.



    Liked by 2 people

  27. neilmacdon says:

    There is Othello and Desdemona in all of us. Nicely capured


  28. Tannille says:

    So sweet and a reminder that relationships need constant work.


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