Mike, Julie and the Girl in the Photo

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


Third date with Julie; Mike’s first visit to Julie’s flat. 

She invites him to sit down while she goes to “freshen up”.  Mike is excited; anticipating the rest of the night that lies ahead.  From the couch he scans the room around him.  His eyes are drawn to the framed photo of a girl on the side table.  Mike is curious.

Julie returns from “freshening up” wearing a sexy white gown.

“Who’s the girl in the photo?” Mike asks.

“That’s me,” replies Julie.

Mike reaches over, picks up the photo and examines it closely.

“That’s never you,” says Mike, “You look different; so sad.”

“That’s because I was sad,” says Julie.

“Who took the photo?” asks Mike, “Why would someone take a picture of you looking so sad, is it some kind of artistic thing?”

“No, my ex took it,” replies Julie.  “He dragged me up the hills, then threatened to push me over the edge of the cliff.  He took the photo of me looking miserable because he was a sadistic pig.  That’s the sort of thing that happens in an abusive relationship.”

“So what happened, if you don’t mind me asking?” asks Mike.

“I pushed him over the edge,” replies Julie, with a sardonic smile.  There is a pause as Mike tries to fathom whether Julie is serious or speaking figuratively.

“So why do you keep the photo?” he asks.

“Because it reminds me of the bad times in the past so I can more appreciate the good times in the present,” states Julie.

Before he can comprehend her logic, Julie cuddles and kisses him.

 

That was twenty years ago.  Mike and Julie have been married for nearly fifteen of them.  They have a house and three children.  Julie still keeps the photo on the sideboard.  Enough said.

 


Submitted: June 06, 2021

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