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The Dark Side of the Groom.

The phone rings and a woman answers it -

Hi Mum.
I’m great!
How are you?

The boys are good.
Grant has taken them to Soccer Practice.
They’re getting really good!
Umm he’s doing ok.
He got skipped for that promotion he wanted.
I don’t understand.. he works so hard.
Other than that
he’s been good.
He’s slowed down on the drinking …
ha ha
We can’t really afford it at the moment….

You know what Mum,
just last night..
He turned up with the biggest bunch of flowers.
I couldn’t believe it.
It was huge
And surprise??
You could have knocked my sox off…
I mean
there was no reason
It was completely unexpected..
He’s not known for his gift giving!!

You’re right it is the first time.
But Mum,
You know what he said?
He said
Oh Darls
You know I love ya…
I’m real sorry about last night.
I didn’t mean to hit ya.
It WON’T happen again.

The thing is
I think he really means is this time.
He was so upset….

The eye’s a bit better this morning.
Looks like I went mad with the eyeshadow though
ha ha ha ha.

Good talking to you.
I’ll stay in touch…

they hang up & the woman looks at you and she says
‘You know what my Mum said, with mascara running down her plump cheeks??
She sang "Don’t Take him back.
Please don’t Take him back.
Dear Don’t take him back. I need You here…
and your life is dear….
and I need you here…" ’

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The Dark Side of the Groom. by 

L.Kaye March 2010


  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicalmost 5 years ago

    Applause!!! True , and so sad!!!!

  • Thanks Linda. :) x

    – limerick

  • stephaniemwood
    stephaniemwoodalmost 5 years ago

    Having been there, I guess I don’t have much to say. But having been there, this is exactly the way of things sometimes.
    Thank f-ck for girls like you who write so boldly; so perfectly. *nodnods

  • It’s all too common and yet completely misunderstood by people who have not been there.
    Big hugs to you. xx

    – limerick

  • FayGaladriel
    FayGaladrielalmost 5 years ago

    There should be NO excuses made for a wife-basher and it’s doubtful whether they ever reform. They always say they will never, ever do it again but they always do. I like to believe in people, in reform and the goodness in everyone and sometimes it takes the nagging ache in long-ago broken bones and rough scars to remind me that it isn’t always so. Thanks sweetie. xx

  • It’s a crying shame. When there could be so much love.
    Much love to you Fay. xx

    – limerick

  • RobertCharles
    RobertCharlesalmost 5 years ago

    lim – this is a powerful little piece – i never understood why women stay with such men, but then again, i am not wearing their shoes.

  • Plenty of men are victims of physical abuse and violence as well. Perhaps I should have written it the other way around??

    – limerick

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellalmost 5 years ago

    I’d be saying the same thing

    “don’t take him back”

    brilliantly written…so very tangible and too real…


  • Thank you Lisa. Very much. :)

    – limerick

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroalmost 5 years ago

    makes me cringe….such a cowardly act….unfortunately thousands of women get bashed everyday and still stay. It’s a horrible trap and delusion to think that it will never happen again….. deep seated patterns must be broken in order to move on.

  • I agree with you Cos.

    – limerick

  • linaji
    linajialmost 5 years ago

    Holy cow you set a scene.. you best be thinking of play-write.. you good.

  • They are scenes in my head. :) I would love to see some of my work performed. :)

    – limerick

  • linaji
    linajialmost 5 years ago

    Ps.. I know that was dialog.. but that is what I mean.. all there I see every second of this playout..

  • I understood perfectly. :) Thank you so much Lina. XXXXX I’ll send the driver for you on opening night. :)

    – limerick

  • shadowlee
    shadowleealmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks shadowlee. X

    – limerick

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestalmost 5 years ago

    The dialogue and scene that you set with it is compelling reading. The nerves are frayed a tad at the end….as it should be with this scenario in life me thinks…Really credible portrayal of one of life’s betrayal….xx

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