The fire welled up into flame as Daniel poured out the remains of what was left of the letters into the grate. It was over and done with and the fire soon died down into a bright glow once again. But that was nothing compared to the fire that was still raging within his heart. His one hope was that it too might soon come to rest now that the false words he had so treasured, had been laid to shame.

His mind went back to their first meeting; they'd scarcely even noticed each other before her cousin introduced them. And even then, it was hardly love at first sight, at least not the overwhelming emotional kind which grips you and turns your life upside down. But they enjoyed being together and saw more and more of each other over the succeeding weeks. He couldn't even remember when he'd first admitted to himself that he was in love. But he knew that for the first time in his life he felt safe. Here was someone he could depend on, who would not, never let him down. And now he would never feel that way again. The hurt still wrenched his heart in two. Would the pain ever die down?

If only she had not been quite so secretive about the new job she was hoping to get; the one that would enable them to marry, at last. And if only he had had the patience and courage to stop and ask who it was he had seen her with that morning.


so pointed, full of sadness and longing- sharp with emotion. it was over before I knew it and read it at least twice again to enjoy the words over and over again.

7 March 2008 at 10:14  

I love your easy narrative - you convey a lot with a little - something that I am ALWAYS envious of!

7 March 2008 at 13:52  

A beautifully written and very touching piece. I so enyoyed reading it

7 March 2008 at 15:53  

Uhhmm, beautifully written, intriguing, great pictures in words…but…you left me hangin'! What happened? Who? What job? Must have more…

8 March 2008 at 02:16  

Way to leave the reader wanting more! Very nicely done.

8 March 2008 at 04:55  

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