Shattered

Ashley searched the attic for a shred of a memory, any little thing that would remind her of Paul. He had been gone for two years now and still her heart ached for him. She was alone now, the plans she had for a family only a distant dream.

He had come home argumentative, which was very uncharacteristic for him. In a rage he took everything that was his and left. She never even knew why he was so angry that night. It was a cold, rainy autumn night and the sound of the front door slamming still rings in her ears. He was her everything, she had loved him with all of her heart and soul. She loved his beautiful eyes; they were an unusual shade of blue green, which reminded her of the Caribbean Sea. He was a kind, gentle and loving man and in their six years together as husband and wife they had hardly ever fought.

The roads were slick the night he left, he was angry and tired, and she assumed he must have dozed off. The truck driver lived to tell the horror that he remembered; he saw Paul’s car came across the line and hit him head on.

“There is no accepting that someone has died when they still occupy all of your heart.” That’s what her mother told her at his funeral. She later told her that even Paul was not perfect, no one was and that she needed to move on. “You’ll find yourself with another loving man and have children, life will once again be good.” Ashley couldn’t accept that. She would always remember him as the perfect man and she feared she could never move on. She held Paul up on a pedestal like precious crystal, beautiful and flawless.

Until one sunny summer day the knock of reality sounded at her front door and there stood a young woman with a two-year-old boy. He had the most beautiful eyes; they were an unusual shade of blue green. In an instant, her memory of Paul was shattered.

Shattered

Solar Zorra

Charleston, United States

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Twisted Tales Star Twister #59 – Prompt: Eyes

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