The Last Dollar

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


How could it come to this? A picture-prompted short story.

Submitted: May 04, 2018

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The Last Dollar.

They’d once been in love, hadn’t they? You would not believe it was possible when you see them now. Hannah and Luke seem to have nothing but total disregard for each other now. It’s all insults and ridicule, and they will battle each other right to the last dollar.

It wasn’t that long ago that they had made their vows, in church and in front of all their friends and family. They would love each other, in sickness and in health; they would live in blissful matrimony. In reality, it was a wedding that should never have taken place.

They were attracted to each other – physically, that is. The problem was that they were polar opposites in their attitude to life. He was all for material success, climbing up the social ladder and doing better than the neighbours. Hannah, on the other hand, wanted them to have time to spend together, having fun, making close friends and not being in competition with friends, neighbours, or anyone else. There was a little bit of give from Luke, and a little bit of give from Hannah, but the tension just got stronger.

It was clear that it would not take long for them to reach breaking point. Traditionally, they had spent a week holidaying in the summer. It was all planned, all booked and paid for. Hannah was desperate to go when, two days before the holiday was due to start, Luke announced that he could not go. A big promotion opportunity had come up. He’d be a fool to turn it down.

Hannah went without him. No, she did not meet up with someone else. There was no whirlwind romance, no holiday affair; just a simple realisation that she and her husband were, and always would be, incompatible.

Returning home, she told Luke that she wanted a divorce. Luke seemed to be curiously unmoved, it was almost as though he did not care. But he swore he would fight her tooth and nail for every last dollar.

There was no love to be lost and was nothing more than a battle of wills. Luke wanted everything; well, maybe Hannah could have a tiny bit. Hannah didn’t care, but her lawyer said, 'No way. Split things equally, their marriage had been a partnership'.

Bitterness surfaced, old arguments rekindled. Luke hated Hannah now, and Hannah was far from being fond of Luke. Their lawyers took over and argued things out, taking a nice healthy piece of the cake for themselves. After all, you don’t get anything for nothing.

Things were resolved. Hannah would get her share and Luke would get his. Everything was fine. Right up until they moved the furniture, found that one last dollar and both got a real firm hold.


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