Love In Real Life (2)

Image via the Highway Cycling Group

She walked on stiletto-stilts, high above the weeds erupting from the cracked footpath. Brilliant green and egg yolk yellow, the dandelion a sullen contrast to the broken, shadowy-grey. A flash of red in the peaceful morning, her faux-patent leather shoulder bag a pendulum in counterpoint to the click of heels against the concrete. Hurrying through the dawn.

She glowed, a vision, luminescent beneath flickering lights, radiant in the haze of smoke, perfect. The fragmentary confederation of colours: orange – red – purple – blue, the stop-motion of strobe lights. She flashed a smile, the musk of stale beer like sweet perfume as her eyes met mine. I looked away, a fluid motion – I had something to tell her. She was making this harder than it had to be.

I whispered in her ear, “I’m sure you’ll make someone very happy one day.” I didn’t whisper the rest, I left it unsaid beneath arguing guitars and the heartbeat, rambling drums. Pre-apocalyptic decadence dissolving into shock, into disbelief. I turned and left.

“I’m sure you’ll make someone very happy one day.” I didn’t whisper the rest, didn’t say “Somebody. Not me.”

She walked on stiletto-stilts in the early morning. Shattered glass sparkled against the pavement, a mirror of deadly shards against the bonnet of my car, buried deep into the upholstery. A single burst of yellow, an imitation of the rising sun.

She’ll make someone very happy – thank Christ it won’t be me.

Prompts via BeKindRewrite (naturally) and 3 Word Wednesday.

Image from the Highway Cycling Group.

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6 thoughts on “Love In Real Life (2)

  1. Why Love in Real Life (2)? Because there’s an almost (kinda (not really)) prequel here:

  2. Great writing 🙂 I’ve never done any flash fiction. I stick to novels. Don’t even really understand how to write flash fiction but I like yours 🙂 Just stopping by to say hi from 3WW 🙂 happy writing!

    Megan Wille, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author

  3. Nicely done. Quite beautiful.

  4. KP says:

    They say the essence of humour is the unexpected, and the last line made me laugh – such a contrast. Our writer is trying to break the news gently – she does not return his compliment. Nicely done.

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