Off The Leash – Friday Fictioneers, 15 March 2023

Copyright Rowena Curtin

He’s had enough of her, she knows this.

She peers down yet another alleyway, her hair clinging damply to her sun-stung neck. 

She knew he’d try to lose her; she’d sensed it over breakfast at the hotel.

“I just turned round and you were gone…” he would say, “searched everywhere.”

But he wouldn’t have.

He’d be off like a fox in a henhouse, all the while dodging into doorways, finding other exits.

Other people.

Anyone who isn’t her.

She isn’t good on her own, especially in strange places, which is bad news. 

Because she’s pretty sure she soon will be.

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Missed a few weeks but glad to be back. And an hour earlier than usual! As the Indians say, only a white man could cut the top off a blanket, stitch it to the bottom and expect the blanket to be longer. Thanks to Rochelle for her on-going leadership of Friday Fictioneers.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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55 Responses to Off The Leash – Friday Fictioneers, 15 March 2023

  1. neilmacdon says:

    And yet maybe he needs here, if only for something to escape from. Intriguing story, Sandra

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Tannille says:

    Sad. She seems broken.


  3. Dear Sandra,

    What a situation to be in. It reminds me a little of Cynthia Lennon’s story of getting left behind when the Beatles went to India and John didn’t seem to care.
    Glad to see you back on the grid. You say so much without going into a lot of detail.




  4. elmowrites says:

    Glad you’re back, Sandra! I fear your character knows the writing is on the wall. Perhaps it’s time to rip the plaster and see what’s on the other side of the loneliness she’s already feeling.


  5. msjadeli says:

    This might be one of those moments that she will look back on and realize it was the best thing that ever happened to her. Excellent story writing. Welcome back.


  6. Iain Kelly says:

    I’m an optimist, she’ll adapt and find she’s stronger than she knew.


  7. Liz Young says:

    What a shame she isn’t more self-reliant. She should dump him first, that’d teach him!


  8. granonine says:

    What a putz he is. The least he could do is man up and tell her he wants out, and maybe give her the money to buy a ticket home. Sheesh.


  9. Sue says:

    Hopefully she’ll get stronger….


  10. CGraith says:

    I’m saddened by your character. Why does her perspective have to be “he’s tired of me’, how about he’s not good for me I need to ditch him and figure it out from there. Therein lies the beginnings of a good story. I want more for this woman and perhaps in a full length story that’s where she would end up….also must comment on that Indian saying…that is also the classic definition of insanity. My husband always says this quote from a movie…”only a white man makes a fire big enough for everyone to see”. Of course that’s usually when our campfire is either smoking wildly or has flames licking the edge of the trees, so joke’s on us.


  11. This story pushed all my buttons. I’m afraid of being abandoned and of getting lost in narrow alleyways. Now I need to meditate. 😉


  12. athling2001 says:

    Great story. It reminded me of my own: two abandoned women though I think your character will get on much better than mine.


  13. Dale says:

    The games people play. He should man up and say he’s done and she should woman up and learn to live without him!
    So much said in so few words – your specialty!


  14. Her sense of hopelessness is palpable through your words. Perhaps a fresh start is what she needs.


  15. How disrespectful, the dog!


  16. Bill says:

    Dependent Personality Disorder (DPD) is my diagnosis. Well portrayed, Sandra. 🙂


  17. Nobbinmaug says:

    It’s always dangerous to lose ourselves in someone else. It can be rewarding, or as in this case, not so much. I feel for her.


  18. I like all you say and do not say as well.
    Her fear is palpable.


  19. poetisatinta says:

    Great I hope she finds him and tells him to do one! 🙂


  20. Thank you Sandra, such a sad lonely tale which so often rings true to life. Sending you a special spring sunbeam from Occitanie to you and the beautiful Dorset coast.


  21. Superb and very well told in so few words. The tone and voice really creates an angst and a feeling of impending crisis!


  22. GHLearner says:

    Hm. It all seems ‘normal’ for a cuouple about to break up but then there’s that last sentence. He better watch it.


  23. sounds like she’s better off without him


  24. So sad that his disappearing acts weren’t enough to propel her to believe she could do it on her own. Yes, one day he will leave for good and then she’ll have to face it head on. Nice one.


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