Side roads

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
The echos of a relationship ring through the trees.

Submitted: May 29, 2012

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Submitted: May 29, 2012




They sat in the car looking out into the ominous backyard; the trees were gray against the green backdrop that was illuminated in the cars headlights. The wind picked up occasional making waves in the grass that rolled across the yard, broke upon the trees and disappeared into the blackness farther out. Clouds rolled across the sky obscuring the crescent moon as the boy and girl sat in complete silence, red eyed and out of breath from crying, trying to figure out a way to move forward.

“ How could you, how could you, how could you?” She kept repeating, the phrase drilling into the boy’s head and adding to his guilt-laden heartache.  “ And with her of all people, I knew it was happening, I just knew it! Why her?”


The boy tried to answer, stopped, started again; paused, opened his mouth and nothing came out. He was never at a loss for words; this was very abnormal for him.


“ I just, I…” He sputtered, there were no words in the human vocabulary that could articulate the loss and sorrow he felt at what he had done, sentences bounced around his head until finally he grasped at one and began speaking “ I feel absolutely terrible, I can’t even put into words how terrible I feel, but id like to think we can move forward from this.”


“ How am I supposed to trust you? How are even supposed to go about rebuilding trust after this?”


“ I don’t know but I’m willing to do whatever it takes, if devils do exist in this world this certainly the work of them. I don’t know if sins are ever forgiven but I’d like to try, we’ve made a lot of progress tonight and because we were both able to talk about the calmly and rationally we’ve shown that we both want this to work.”


“ How do we know if we can make this work? What if there is no moving forward from here?”


“ Then we make a side road and take our own path.”


The girl opened the door of the car, began getting out then turned and stared at the boy. What went by felt like an eternity as if on second had frozen and in that instant ever emotion the boy had ever smothered inside himself rose up to take a bite out of his heart.


“ I know you don’t believe me but I love you.” The boy said holding back tears.


“ I don’t know why I do but I love you to.” She stepped out of the car, closed the door and walked off towards the house.


He watched her until she had gone inside and then finally started the car and pulled out of the driveway. All that was left were the ,silhouetted trees, moon, and the echoes of what used to be a happy relationship



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