Fair Enough

October 13, 2021 at 11:21 am 53 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 15 October 2021

 Brenda Cox
Photo Credit: Brenda Cox

 
For Sam, it began with an innocuous request from Lilah, a single mother, to take her kids to the merry-go-round.

As their relationship blossomed, they moved in together. It was then that she eventually took over his life.

Feeling smothered, Sam confronted her one weekend.

“We need to talk,” he said.

“I don’t like the tone in your voice. Are you breaking up with me?”

Lilah started bawling.

“No, no. I’m just wondering if I can go out with the boys tonight.”

“And leave me all alone with the kids? Who would put them to bed?”

“Fair enough,” Sam sighed.

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53 Comments Add your own

  • 1. neilmacdon  |  October 13, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    He needs to get out of there. Fast

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    • 2. plaridel  |  October 13, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      neil:

      he better before she cut his hair bald too like what happened to his biblical namesake. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. Lisa Dunn  |  October 13, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Poor Sam.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  October 13, 2021 at 3:51 pm

      lisa:

      it happens if the guy doesn’t look out for himself. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. trishsplace  |  October 13, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Sad, dark. Runaway, Sam! She’s not worth it.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  October 14, 2021 at 8:25 am

      trish:

      i think he’s getting to that point now.

      Reply
  • 7. Mason Bushell  |  October 14, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Once a family man, forever trapped! Good story.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  October 14, 2021 at 8:25 am

      mason:

      sadly, it happens all too often.

      Reply
      • 9. Mason Bushell  |  October 14, 2021 at 9:42 am

        So it seems, maybe being eternally single is not such a bad thing.

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        • 10. plaridel  |  October 14, 2021 at 11:20 pm

          mason:

          for some folks, that’s the ideal situation.

          Reply
          • 11. Mason Bushell  |  October 15, 2021 at 1:33 am

            sure it is. We each have our preferred life to reach for.

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            • 12. plaridel  |  October 15, 2021 at 8:46 am

              mason:

              🙂

              Reply
  • 13. Tannille  |  October 14, 2021 at 4:47 am

    Manipulative insert choice word. Red flags!

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    • 14. plaridel  |  October 14, 2021 at 8:25 am

      tannille:

      i can think of a word but it’s not allowed in polite society. 🙂

      Reply
  • 17. Bill  |  October 14, 2021 at 4:56 am

    Oh dear. Relationships can be such a burden. Wonderful story. Sad reality.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  October 14, 2021 at 8:25 am

      bill:

      sometimes you have to take the bad with the good.

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      • 19. Bill  |  October 14, 2021 at 10:58 am

        Indeed. The human condition is imperfect.

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        • 20. plaridel  |  October 14, 2021 at 11:19 pm

          bill:

          still, any abusive behavior shouldn’t be tolerated.

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          • 21. Bill  |  October 15, 2021 at 1:24 am

            Agree. But “abusive” may not be universally defined.

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            • 22. plaridel  |  October 15, 2021 at 8:46 am

              bill:

              when you come down to it, it’s all about perspectives.

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              • 23. Bill  |  October 15, 2021 at 8:50 am

                Yes. It is.

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                • 24. plaridel  |  October 16, 2021 at 8:52 am

                  bill:

                  :}
                  :

                  Reply
  • 25. GHLearner  |  October 14, 2021 at 6:36 am

    Sam needs to grow a backbone. But even so, I don’t think they’d be good together in the long run.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  October 14, 2021 at 8:24 am

      gabi:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 27. granonine  |  October 14, 2021 at 6:46 am

    Oh dear, poor Sam. One of these days he’s going to bolt, and I guess she’ll have to put her kids to bed all by herself.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  October 14, 2021 at 8:24 am

      linda:

      i don’t blame him if he does. besides, it’s not even his own kids.

      Reply
      • 29. granonine  |  October 14, 2021 at 11:04 am

        Exactly. He should get out before she demands a wedding ring 🙂

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        • 30. plaridel  |  October 14, 2021 at 11:19 pm

          linda:

          good point. 🙂

          Reply
  • 31. Keith's Ramblings  |  October 15, 2021 at 3:41 am

    Hopefully, he’ll realise what’s happening before it’s too late.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  October 15, 2021 at 8:47 am

      keith:

      he better for his own sanity.

      Reply
  • 33. Brenda's Thoughts  |  October 15, 2021 at 4:10 am

    Poor Sam. I think he’s being used.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  October 15, 2021 at 8:46 am

      brenda:

      no doubt about it.

      Reply
  • 35. Dale  |  October 15, 2021 at 4:58 am

    Poor wimpy Sam…

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    • 36. plaridel  |  October 15, 2021 at 8:45 am

      dale:

      i know.

      Reply
  • 37. rochellewisoff  |  October 15, 2021 at 5:26 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Uh oh, the death knell to a relationship is not giving each other space. I feel for the guy.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 38. plaridel  |  October 15, 2021 at 8:45 am

      rochelle:

      yes, we need each other space else the flame in the relationship gets suffocated and dies.

      Reply
  • 39. draliman  |  October 15, 2021 at 5:43 am

    Oh, Sam. Run, lad, run!

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    • 40. plaridel  |  October 15, 2021 at 8:45 am

      draliman:

      excellent advice. 🙂

      Reply
  • 41. msjadeli  |  October 15, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    I think there is hope for the relationship with a little bit of tweaking.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  October 16, 2021 at 8:52 am

      msjadeli:

      yes, but it takes two to make it happen.

      Reply
  • 43. pennygadd51  |  October 15, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Like Jade, I think there’s hope for the relationship. However, they do need to establish some ground rules. There’s so much benefit in a family life that it’s worth working hard for it.

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    • 44. plaridel  |  October 16, 2021 at 8:53 am

      penny:

      seeking professional help may work.

      Reply
  • 45. susanrouchard  |  October 16, 2021 at 2:35 am

    Great placides. Reversed roles.

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    • 46. plaridel  |  October 16, 2021 at 8:53 am

      susan:

      it happens. 🙂

      Reply
  • 47. Sandra  |  October 17, 2021 at 4:20 am

    Hook line and sinker.

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    • 48. plaridel  |  October 18, 2021 at 9:14 am

      sandra:

      sounds like it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 49. Woman walking Max  |  October 17, 2021 at 5:42 am

    Oh dear, poor people. They seem well and truly stuck in their relationship. I hope they have a friend who help them sort things out.

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    • 50. plaridel  |  October 18, 2021 at 9:14 am

      francine:

      or better, seek professional help.

      Reply
  • 51. Dora  |  October 17, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Plaridel,
    Looks like he’s stuck in a sticky situation. And with no signs of becoming unstuck …. as yet.
    pax,
    dora

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    • 52. plaridel  |  October 18, 2021 at 9:13 am

      dora:

      he needs to be a man and stand up for himself.

      Reply
  • 53. notestowomen  |  October 19, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Poor guy.

    Reply

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