Being There

For the “You just had to be there” prompt.

Broken Flowers by Mindy Sue

Broken Flowers by Mindy Sue

“You just had to be there, didn’t you? You just couldn’t stay away. I knew it! I knew I couldn’t –“

“What? But Lizzie, didn’t you want me to–?”

“No!” Lizzie shoved the supermarket bouquet back at his chest. Chuck stepped back reluctantly and cradled the rejected offering. “That’s why we aren’t together anymore, because I don’t want you!”

“Wow, that’s low, Lizzie. That’s as bad as not texting me on my birthday.”

“That’s life, Chuck. Now please, can we move on – could you please move on?”

“But I thought . . . but that story you wrote, I thought that was–”

“For you?” Lizzie gasped. She knew he was going to think that. She knew allowing him to see that part of her life – five months after-the-fact – was not a good idea. But how was she supposed to know he’d take an interest? He hadn’t taken an interest in the four years they were together.

She glared at Chuck and willed him away from her. He didn’t get the hint. He just stood there, looking at her, hopeful, expectant, almost as though she owed him something just because he’d shown up.

That was the last time she posted about her volunteer work. A wine-tasting fundraiser was not the place she wanted to diffuse this dead lovers’ spat.  At least he waited until the end of her shift to show his moon-eyed face.

“That wasn’t an invitation for you to come back into my life, Chuck.”

“I’m sorry you feel this way, Lizzie.” The bouquet drooped. “I thought we were friends.”

Lizzie tried to choke down her laugh. Laughing in his face was not nice.

“We’re not friends, Chuck – we aren’t even very good acquaintances.” Lizzie started to turn away. He had to get the hint, didn’t he? Well, probably not. He’d shown up, after all.

“Chuck,” she tried again, “you have to knock it off. We aren’t friends – I didn’t text you on your birthday because I forgot. It isn’t because I feel any way about you, it’s because I’m over it. You need to be over it too.”

For the longest time he just stood there. Lizzie waited, biting her lip, not willing to say anything more. He searched her face. Not finding what he was looking for, he turned.

Lizzie sighed, relieved. She watched the flowers slip from his hands and scatter on the pavement.

“Good bye,” she whispered. “Thank you.”

About KM Sullivan

Descended of pirates and revolutionaries, KM Sullivan is a lover and student of all things Irish. Born in the States, she is a dual US/Irish citizen, and studied history and politics at University College, Dublin – although, at the time, she seriously considered switching to law, if only so she could attend lectures at the castle on campus. She lives in the American Midwest with her son, two cats and a pesky character in her head named D (but you can call him Dubh). Her first book, Changelings: Into the Mist, a young adult historical fantasy is available now on Amazon and Barns and Noble. She can be found writing with said character at her blog, The D/A Dialogues.

16 comments on “Being There

  1. Excellent, but sad, story. Feel sorry for the guy at the end.

  2. My favorite phrase: “diffuse this dead lover’s spat.” Good work from a fantastic writer!

  3. Lovely story with an excellent use of the prompt words.

  4. aaw! :\ the emotions were high and the scene was very well written! 🙂
    I want to write for this prompt, hopefully I will. Been in writer’s block for long time, so I’m looking for prompts to get myself out of it.

    • Thank you!

      The prompts really help. I had huge blocks and started re-writing my novel. Then the prompts came along and they really helped me prove to myself that I had more in me than just the one story! Good luck!

  5. […] out Sweet Dreams, my fantasy entry for the “fire and ice” prompt. Then there’s Being There, for the “You just had to be there” prompt, and finally, Squirrel Commandant Rodrigo […]

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