I have been absent, and missing my Friday Fictioneer friends! However, it has been a very hectic few weeks: traveling to NYC, visiting friends and family on Cape Cod and in Boston and then getting to Israel. It’s VERY hot in Tel Aviv, and we are still waiting for a baby. I reassure my daughter that babies come when they’re good and ready… preparation for all the years when our kids determine so many other things, but she is tired of waiting. Alas. So I saw this beautiful prompt and have grabbed a few minutes to write. Thank goodness the inspiration came instantly.
Friday Fictioneers is a wonderfully eclectic group of writers from all over the world, who write a story, 100 words or less, in response to a weekly prompt. Please visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog Addicted to Purple, to learn more. Join us or just enjoy the other stories! As always I welcome honest, constructive feedback is welcome. Please leave a comment.
Only This Golden Moment Matters
As he swirls the amber liquid in the glass, Gerry’s thoughts wander.
He hasn’t seen his ex-wife and kids in three years. There was a time when that would have mattered.
His daughter is getting married, he heard, but Gerry knows she won’t ask him to walk her down the aisle. His son has joined the marines; he salutes others, not his father. Any love that Mary Alice once felt for him is dead, like their marriage.
It all mattered once. Not now. This golden glass, this buzz, the warm feeling in his legs–– that’s all that matters now.
*dedicated to all of the families who struggle with addiction, alcoholism, and loss.
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