AnElephantCant miss an anniversary
Proverbially he never forgets
Before you follow the link
Please have a quick think
And see if this dude has any regrets
Written for the Līgo Haībun Challenge.
The date on the newspaper jolts him upright.
October 21, 2012.
His mind leaps unbidden to that day ten years earlier.
The day which changed his life inenarrably.
It’s in my leather jacket pocket, he calls through to her.
A second before remembering what else is in that pocket.
He hears the silence which lasts throughout the evening.
The evening of their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary celebration party.
Almost 200 guests, suspecting nothing.
He was the front man in the business, the one who did the sales, the client contact, the work.
She was the financial brain behind him.
The one with the old family contacts.
The one who opened the doors.
She took everything.
And destroyed him and his reputation.
It has been a downward spiral since then.
He is an outcast in their tight community, a city small enough that everyone in their line of business knows everyone else.
And her family, of course.
He regrets his stupidity.
He still loves her, still thinks of her every day.
But there is no way back.
Never has been.
He sighs and tucks the newspaper inside his trousers as he lies back down on the bench.
It promises to be another long, cold night.
a life of fulfilment
reduced to ashes
by an act of folly