Burnt

He struck the match and held it to the kindling underneath the oak logs he had cut last summer.

The fire blazed up, filling the room with a cozy warmth that he badly needed.

They had left that morning after a terrible fight-their first. Both of them had said things they didn’t really mean-things that hurt, that put their whole relationship in danger.

He dreaded her walking in the door as her car pulled up the driveway. What would she say? What would she do.

She walked in, quietly wiping a tear and smelled the smoky aroma of the fire. Quickly, as she walked into the house, she reached into her purse, grabbed the letter she had written at work and wadded it into a tight ball. As she walked into the living room, she turned and tossed it into the fireplace.

“What was that?”, he said. “Oh, nothing.” she whispered as she covered his lips with a passionate kiss.

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15 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Sandra Bennett said,

    Yay !! Good for them !…I like a good outcome…

  2. 2

    billgncs said,

    she’s getting ready to leave, inch by inch, and when she does, it will hit him like a ton of bricks.

    good story!

  3. 3

    Hey, i came here over from the friday fictioneers but i guess this is not the proper link to your story… thought you should know. good read this is.

  4. 6

    Elegantly written, neatly developed.

  5. 7

    I love a Happy Ever After :)

  6. 8

    Nicely done. I liked the way you wrote both points of view. I love a happy ending and it sounds like, perhaps, they have a chance at one.
    shalom,
    Rochelle

  7. 9

    dmmacilroy said,

    Dear Beebee,

    Love a happy ending. nicely done.

    Aloha,

    Doug

  8. 10

    Very good. A happy ending… I wonder if he had a similar email that he never sent. :-)

  9. 12

    Nice! This made me think about how I’ve held onto some grudges so tightly, and the tiniest act of kindness can get me to let it all go.

  10. 13

    elmowrites said,

    Relationships are never easy (to live in or to portray!) I’m glad you gave these guys another chance.

  11. 14

    That’s a great ending. Some letters are better left unread.

  12. 15

    Joe Owens said,

    Words written in ager should be burned before reading. Their love is stronger than one fight.


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