The prompt at Simply Snickers was actually for poetry so I’m mixing prompts and sites tonight. This is my attempt at a very short story. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
The prompt consists of three words cast, confuse, catch
She wrestled with the lock, rattling her keys as she struggled to get in and get to the persistent phone. She shut the door and raced to catch it before the answering machine kicked in. As she picked it up she threw purse, keys, and bags on the table next to it.
“Hello?” She said, and then sucked in her breath as the voice on the other end answered.
“Hello, Sarah” he said.
The room was spinning and she shook so hard she could barely hold the phone. “How did you find my number?” She asked.
“The internet, Sarah.” He explained patiently. “It wasn’t that difficult.”
“Why now? Why after all this time?” She was near tears and clutched the phone so tightly it hurt her fingers.
“I wanted to…I just needed to hear your voice” He spoke quietly, almost pleading. “I just missed you.”
It had been six years but her heart was pounding like it was yesterday. The die was cast and everything had changed forever in an instant.
“Please” she begged, “this confuses me! It took so long….”
She had moved away, changed everything about her life. Maybe not enough, she thought. She couldn’t go back. She felt it all wash over her again. “No! No!” she thought “I can’t do this again!”
“I know” He sighed “I shouldn’t have called. I’ll leave you alone.” He hesitated. “It wasn’t your fault you know.” He whispered. He heard her shallow, panicked breathing on the other end of the line. “Sarah, maybe we could..”
“NO!” She cried “please, just leave it alone. ” She hung up with a sob.
As Jacob gently laid the receiver back on the phone, a single tear made a path down his face. He lived just down the block where he could watch over her. The fire that had taken everything away from them, including part of her memory was long over with. The rubble from their house, hauled off with nothing left. He bitterly thought the vacant lot was a metaphor for their lives. Just empty space where there used to be a family. Her self-imposed punishment was forgetting. His was remembering.
Sarah sank to the floor. She couldn’t breath, couldn’t hear or see. She didn’t know how long she sat there just staring. The floor became her bed and the next morning she would awake and wonder how she got there. For now she let the darkness take her. She laid her head on the carpet and closed her eyes. She wished for a second that she could be different, then sleep came. She didn’t dream.