Time After Time

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


A short story inspired by a prompt shared by unmasked delusions. Read the prompt here: https://www.booksie.com/559456-the-memory-of-gracie-and-me.

Submitted: July 12, 2018

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Time After Time.

 

Helen looked sadly in to Henry’s face. “I’m sorry. I really do like you but it’s not working out.”

But Helen! You can’t do this. I’d bought a ring, was about to propose.....”

Helen gave an even sadder smile. “I knew you were getting too serious. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you in time, but honestly, Henry, you’ll thank me in time.”

Henry knew differently, though. He had been through the same thing as Martin, as Gary, as Kevin, as Luke. He could not bear to be without her and she had to be attracted to him, for no matter who he became they would soon be dating. His hair had been black, blond, brown, even red once. He had had blue eyes and brown eyes; had been short and tall, slim and not so slim.

Why did it never last though? Was it him? Was it her?

As she walked away, she stooped down to stroke a cat that had come out from a garden to greet her. She loved animals, always had.

It was strange getting used to having four legs and no hands. He'd soon get used to measuring with whiskers and tail, balancing and leaping like a cat. No, make that AS a cat. For Henry had come up with a new identity, one that he knew Helen would not be able to turn her back on and walk away from.

He just had to wait as a kitten on her doorstep before he learned what his new name would be.

 

(To read the prompt that inspired this story, check out a poem called 'The Memory  Of Gracie And Me' posted by unmasked delusions.)


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