She stood at the open door with her arms crossed, the lipstick smudge on his white collar a reminder of his infidelities. “Go on, go,” she said, “but if you leave, you’re taking the kids with you.”
He pondered her offer, but decided raising five kids alone wasn’t the kind of freedom he wanted, so he stayed- for forty-five years- until a heart attack fulfilled his vow.
This is fiction; however, the threat to make him take the kids if he left was borrowed from real life. My mom has a cousin who issued this offer of freedom with strings to her misbehaving husband. To this day, they are still married (it’s been about thirty five years by now, and counting.) The other “facts” have been changed to protect the guilty- er, innocent 🙂
This piece is also my response to the Trifecta weekend writing prompt challenge, which is to write a complete story in 3 sentences. If you want to read other responses, or enter a response of your own, click the tricycle picture to go to Trifecta’s site.
Thanks so much for reading. I hope you have a terrific weekend!