A gift

“You’re brandishing that cake like a weapon, a weapon of love and remorse, Thelma, and I still won’t for the world manage to rip it out of your arms and throw it out the window as I should. Now, on my birthday, you show up with this syrupy brown thing out of a box and expect me to forget it all – the scorn, the ill treatment, the belittlement of my feelings, the I-don’t-give-a-shit, couldn’t-care-less attitude. And why? On a whim? You’re going to be whimsical and love me, Thelma? For how long? Tell me, for how long? – And how dare you come in here after forbidding me to ever touch you again!”

She stood immobile for a good long time.

Eventually she said, very quietly, “Have it your way, Ethan. I won’t bother to tell you why I’m here. You seem to know it all too well.”

She put the cake down on his desk and returned to the living room, which had become her room in this small, hellish apartment they shared.

– James Steerforth (© 2011)

Written around brandish, forbid and manage from 3WW.


About James Steerforth

I am an author of poetry and fiction, translator and painter who loves to have fun with borrowed feathers.
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9 Responses to A gift

  1. V L Sheridan says:

    Wow, lots of conflicting emotions here. I’m not sure he knows as much as he thinks he does. He’s picking up on the love and remorse, but is still really angry with her. Maybe he doesn’t have to forget everything, but maybe he could manage a little forgiveness? Excellant use of the words.

  2. Sheilagh Lee says:

    Wow he’s angry but so is she and they still live in the same place how awful. Great story.

  3. andy sewina says:

    Yeah, love your train of thought!!

  4. A breathless moment of intense drama! Arresting!

  5. Old Egg says:

    He should have eaten a slice, it may be poisoned!

  6. Jae Rose says:

    Ooh, the claustrophobia is huge! Like a Hitchcock film..wonderful scene..jae

  7. This is an intriguing little snippet. It would be interesting to know how they got to this point and what they plan to do about it.

  8. Altonian says:

    Sorry, but they both seem to be five minutes short of midnight.

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