Trapped

December 19, 2013 at 10:34 am 21 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge 20 December 2013


Photo Credit: Jean L. Hays
 
As John mulled over his relationship with Helen, he found himself staring at the stained glass hanging by the door. It was a keepsake from their honeymoon.

They were married before he went to the Pacific to fight the Japanese. When he returned, he discovered Helen was far from the meek and submissive wife that he had imagined.

For years now, he felt trapped like the dolphin in the stained glass. He figured the only way out was to stand up to Helen.

“Johnnie,” he heard his wife yelling. “It’s time to walk the dog.”

“Yes, dear,” he meekly replied.

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21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. patrickprinsloso  |  December 19, 2013 at 10:53 am

    You’ve very cleverly described a relationship that’s worth avoiding. Poor couple. But was he really looking for meek and submissive?

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    • 2. plaridel  |  December 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      patrick:

      that’s what he thought. for pete’s sake, he was married to the same woman for a long, long time.

      Reply
  • 3. helenmidgley  |  December 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Great piece. Although us Helens are seldom meek and mild ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • 4. plaridel  |  December 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      helen:

      not bad at all. actually, i think men like to be bossed around whether they want to admit it or not. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 5. MissTiffany  |  December 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    There is just something about that dolphin sun catcher that says something about relationships. Nice take on the prompt!

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    • 6. plaridel  |  December 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      tiffany:

      thank you for reading. it means a lot to me.

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      • 7. MissTiffany  |  December 20, 2013 at 3:58 am

        You’re welcome! It’s my pleasure.

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  • 8. Sandra  |  December 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    There… he’s made a start. ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s thinking about standing up to her. Nice one.

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    • 9. plaridel  |  December 19, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      sandra:

      i’d believe it when i see it. he’d been thinking about it for the last three years or so. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • 10. calipatti  |  December 19, 2013 at 11:45 pm

        Only three years, that’s no time at all.
        Good read.

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        • 11. plaridel  |  December 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

          calipatti:

          i guess an eternity when you find yourself in a bad situation. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • 12. Karen Whitelaw  |  December 20, 2013 at 12:15 am

    You’ve captured their relationship and their characters in such a few words. Well done.

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    • 13. plaridel  |  December 20, 2013 at 9:48 am

      karen:

      thanks so much. i really appreciate it.

      Reply
  • 14. liz young  |  December 20, 2013 at 2:39 am

    He’s never going to leave her, though he might break the glass and kill her with a shard?

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    • 15. plaridel  |  December 20, 2013 at 9:51 am

      liz:

      i’m sure it came across his mind. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • 16. rochellewisoff  |  December 22, 2013 at 2:12 am

    dear plaridel,

    i fear that if he hasn’t stood up to her by now, it doesn’t look too promising. good story.

    shalom,

    rochelle

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    • 17. plaridel  |  December 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

      rochelle:

      my sentiments exactly. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • 18. barbarafranken  |  December 23, 2013 at 1:46 am

    and it is never too late to change… maybe this christmas time is a perfect time to change our boundaries and stand up for ourself more… season greetings to you plaridel… Barbara

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    • 19. plaridel  |  December 23, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      barbara:

      i second the motion. happy holidays to you, too.

      Reply
  • 20. kz  |  December 23, 2013 at 10:40 am

    im a bit of a helen myself ๐Ÿ™‚ you gave us a very clear look into the couple’s relationship with very few words. happy holidays to you and your family ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • 21. plaridel  |  December 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      kz:

      as far as i have observed, a man has the right to say he’s the boss with his wife’s permission. ๐Ÿ™‚ happy holidays to you and you family, too.

      Reply

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