The box looked innocuous. All sealed and stamped by the lawyer. From the deceased estate of Peter Cooke.
Dave was all agog having never heard this name mentioned but Mili’s face was closed off as she opened the box, as though she had gone into an inner world.
There were Gibran books and video tapes with labels that said, THE TWOS OF US, OUR BEACH HOLIDAY, THE BEST TIME OF OUR LIVES.
Right underneath was a thin envelope and written on it was, “We almost created a life together, a life you didn’t want to keep. But I couldn’t let go of the memory.”
Inside was an ultrasound image of a foetus.
I wrote this on my phone so it might not be exactly 100 words. Thanks Rochelle for keeping our creative juices flowing 😁
Photo prompt –
Boxes are wonderful and surprising things
Yes, very much so 🙂
I would be interested to see how Dave reacts to that revelation! A Pandora’s Box indeed! Good work – on a phone too! 🙂
How Dave reacts is an even bigger surprise 🙂 I almost didn’t write a story. Lying in bed the muse wouldn’t let me sleep without Friday fictioneering 🙂
the secret was out. how to deal with it would be a different matter.
Yes, more surprises in store 🙂
An unexpected surprise. What happened next I wonder.
What happened next is a bigger surprise 🙂
A past rearing it’s ugly head perhaps? or just some memories best left behind. Well done.
Thanks Alicia 🙂
Just goes to show that sometimes the past doesn’t always stay where it belongs. Sad story.
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The past has this bad habit of springing surprises 🙂
Makes me wonder if that is the fetus they created or if he did something more sinister… I’d love to see a part 2 to this one!
Thanks 🙂 Yes, part 2 would be interesting, it might need a novella
You’re welcome, Jolly.
I find myself questioning the motives of the ex lover.
Yes, they are very questionable. But he’s dead so they can’t be answered.
Jings, that was brutal!
Brutally vengeful from the grave 😦
That was a rough one! I, too, question the motives of Peter…
Motive is murky ground ….
He’s a cruel ex. What does he hope to gain? Well done. (I won’t count the words. 😉 )
He’s cruel but dead. Revenge, maybe?
Oh boy, quite a kicker. There’s going to be quite a conversation coming up, I think!
Yes, life-changing conversations 🙂
Interesting story. Excellent take.
Thanks very much Indira 🙂
Whoa! That HIT like a brick! Great story, Joy!
Thanks William 🙂
Wow what a great story. There’s more to it I’m sure. Intriguing.
There’s LOTS more to it. Thanks for dropping by and the lovely compliment ♥
And my mind is spinning out all kinds of backstories and possibilities here. Well done 🙂
Thanks 🙂 Yes, so much could possibly happen.
Oh dear, he is cruel. feels like revenge that he can’t let go of.
Yes, or maybe he didn’t know she was with another…..