Trifecta-Week Eighty-Five -Fly

It is Monday and that is when our friends with Trifecta announce the first of their two weekly word prompts. The answer, as always is the third definition from the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary and is intended to stretch our writing minds as we should have a situation unfamiliar to us as far as the usage of the ordinarily common word.

We turn now to our weekly one-word prompt.  This week we are asking for a 33- to 333-word response using the word:

FLY (intransitive verb)
1a : to move in or pass through the air with wings

  b : to move through the air or before the wind or through outer space
c : to float, wave, or soar in the air <flags flying at half-mast>
2a : to take flight : flee
b : to fade and disappear : vanish
3a : to move, pass, or spread quickly <rumors were flying>  

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Casey waited impatiently for her husband to return home from work. She usually arrived at their two bedroom apartment first every day and was already changed, ready for the evening. She wondered what kind of evening it might be. Normally they would spend a few minutes sharing their day’s events and then either work on supper together or run out for a quick bite. She wished today could be like every other day, but she feared it would not.

Earlier, over lunch one of her friends let something fly before she thought that threatened Casey’s peace of mind and confidence. Her friend Stacey shared that she saw Hugh, Casey’s husband of five years in a compromising position with some stranger at the local home improvement store. Casey simply brushed it off at the time; explaining it was just her husband’s nature to help others.

Now she felt the burgeoning doubt crowding out the confidence she should have in Hugh. The thought of him with another at first hurt her, and then triggered an angry response. She wondered what Hugh’s response would be when she met him at the door. Would he fly into a rage, denying the accusation? Or would he give her that look he did when she caught him doing something he shouldn’t, like adding whipped cream to a large ice cream sundae.

When she thought about the length of their relationship it amazed her how so much time could fly by without any problems. That made her think, “what has Hugh done to make me doubt him?” Nothing. Not one thing gave her any reason to question his loyalty or commitment. Stacey was a big mouth who thought it was her job to manage everyone’s business. She should just ignore the whole conversation.

When Hugh opened the door, she met him with a huge hug and passionate kiss.

He looked at her for a moment, and then lowered his head to say, “I need to tell you something!”


About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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16 Responses to Trifecta-Week Eighty-Five -Fly

  1. Mike says:

    A great ending.

  2. Tara R. says:

    Oh, that felt like a gut punch. I like how you steered the reader away from that conclusion, then ran head-on into it.

  3. Oh that hurt… it comes like a flash.. and at a home improvement store… that’s when warning bells will chime.

  4. Ooh, this was good! 😀

  5. debseeman says:

    Dammit! I had hope. Well done! I enjoyed this.

  6. Christina says:

    oh man, that last line!

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