Speakeasy 141 – Happiness Lost

The instructions for Speakeasy 141:

Your piece must include the following sentence in the last line: “There was nothing left for her to do but walk away.” Plus a reference to this video:


Julia was ready for the feeling that always came this time of year. Since she was a child she had loved Christmas and all the associated and cherished events. Parades, plays, caroling and the feasts, as her family called them, they all contributed to her favorite season of the year. The one thing she had never been able to enjoy during this period; however was the excitement of a new relationship. Not that she was that old, just twenty years old, but she knew others her age that had and it seemed something she was missing.

Her best friend, Camille, suggested she come to her party and meet a guy she had eyed for her. Julia was willing and dressed in her favorite little black dress, hoping for a new Christmas memory. The party was crowded, just like Julia knew would be true, since Camille was her most popular friend. Even though Julia was not the type to crave attention, she could see the heads turning as she made her way through the sea of people.

Camille’s face was broad and bright, her usual luminescent smile beaming. She hugged Julia and nodded in the direction of Todd, the guy she promised to invite for her friend. Julia turned to smile in anticipation of a long-awaited opportunity, but instead her smile faded into a harsh frown. Camille mimicked her expression as she saw the total transformation in her friend.

“What’s wrong Jules?”

“Is that the guy, the one in the dark blazer?”

“Yes,” Camille nodded.

Julia furrowed her brow and stamped her foot without thinking. Camille was caught flat-footed by her friend’s response. She was confident this would be a sure thing, as soon as the two made eye contact in the party. Now she could tell her usually even tempered friend was edging toward an angry response.

“Julia, what is it?”

“Do you remember the story of the guy who was so terrible to me over last summer?”

“Scott something?”

“That’s right,” Julia said, twisting her mouth into a scowl.

“His name is Mike,” Camille sputtered.

“That is Scott’s best friend. He supported his crappy attitude.”

“Oh Jules, I had no idea.”

Julia crossed her arms as she realized Mike noticed her and made his way toward her and Camille.

“Well, I guess you are not a stranger after all,” Mike said.

Julia remained silent; arms crossed staring at him with a clear expression of indignation.

“I guess you still harbor ill feelings about that stuff with Scott,” he said.  

Julia twisted her head slightly, pursing her lips as she fought the urge to allow her repressed outrage at his part in the event to explode from her mouth.

“I am so sorry Julia, I had no idea,” Camille said.

There was nothing left for her to do but walk away.


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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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4 Responses to Speakeasy 141 – Happiness Lost

  1. tedstrutz says:

    You nailed the line.

  2. What a terrible coincidence!

  3. Suzanne says:

    How disappointing for Julia! Great job portraying her feelings. Nicely done!

  4. ranu802 says:

    Yes they say, life is one big mystery. Poor Julia I can understand how disappointed she was.

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