28/04/2017

THE HUSBAND AND HIS BROTHER

TWO MORE STORIES for Friday Fictioneers - after reading yesterday's post, a friend asked for the other two sides of the triangle, so here goes -

THE  HUSBAND

All promises should be kept, but one made to your mother is sacred.
When Tony started school, Mum told me I should always look after him, so I raised my hand in the Scout salute and promised.

I knew he had a crush on Maggie, but when we married I assumed he’d find his own wife. Instead he hung around like a bad smell, even after the children were born.
Last week I finally told him to sling his hook, but today he came pleading to make up, with a bottle in each pocket.

I should never have drunk it.

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THIRD SIDE OF THE TRIANGLE

Maggie was mine ever since school, where I sharpened her pencils and protected her from bullies.

After we grew up I taught her to dance and she fitted my arms perfectly – until my brother seduced her with his money and flash cars. I still took her flowers, though, when I went round to share my home-brew with Richard. Then he got jealous of how close Maggie and I were getting and threw me out, but he couldn’t resist my beer.

After the funeral I tried to comfort Maggie, but she’s turned against me.
I wonder if she’d like parsnip wine? 


20 comments:

  1. Dear Liz,

    I'm so glad you rounded out the triangle. They fit together so well. Brilliant.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle - this is the first time I've double-posted for Friday Fictioneers :)

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  2. I'd say Tony was beyond having a crush. More like an obsession. Maybe Maggie needed a twin sister.

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    1. Definitely obsessive - I hope Maggie refuses the wine.

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  3. Reads like a Greek tragedy. Thank you for the photo prompt.
    Tracey

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  4. he should have taken it slowly and allow maggie to mourn.

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    1. That might have worked - until she realised he killed her husband!

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  5. Love the new secrets revealed... Tony was even more of a scumbag than I thought at first.

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    1. I did wonder if I'd left too much unsaid in the first story! I knew what he'd done, but didn't make it clear enough, I fear.

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  6. Oh, crumbs. Not just a poor, love-struck man then, that Tony. More of a petulant sulky psychopath.

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    1. You've summed him up nicely, Alistair.

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  7. Good stories all, Liz. Interesting to see the tale from several sides too. Nicely done

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    1. Thanks Lynn - it was fun writing the triangle.

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  8. Great photo, Liz.
    And loved seeing two sides of the story!

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  9. I like the two such disparate viewpoints there. Maggie really needs to watch her back, with that Tony around. I think she'll be needing a restraining order against him, if she wants to stay in the land of the living for long D:

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  10. This does complete the triangle. I loved this mini series!

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    1. Thanks for commenting twice, Yuhu.

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