Flash Fiction Prompt: Marrying her anyway

Here’s the Flash Fiction Prompt for this week (Remember, this means a complete story inside of 100 words)

Prompt: I’m sorry if it upsets you, but I’m marrying her.

I stared down at the marker, eyes tracing over the letters etched deep into the stone.  Meredith Jones.  My dear mother.

“I know you never approved of her.” My voice barely traveled the distance between my lips and the headstone only a few feet away.  A light breeze would have kidnapped it before arrival and borne it away without hope of ransom.  “It’s a shame too.  She’s headstrong, stubborn, irrationally irritating, and forces me to be a better man.” I smiled somewhat ruefully and looked down at my calloused hands.  “Honestly, mom, she reminds me an awful lot of you.”

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Flash Fiction Prompt: Guilt

Flash Fiction Prompt: “The Letter Made it Easier to Ascribe Guilt to Him.”

My Story:

“The letter made it easier to ascribe guilt to him. He said he was sorry. Wasn’t apologizing an admission of wrongdoing? Wasn’t it? Wasn’t it…

Thadeus was gone, gone for good. Lost to me.

For a moment, I felt guilty calling him by his first name, but it was so much easier than calling him “dad.”

Another lie. Another way I justified burning anything he ever gave me.
In truth, I wondered if maybe it was my fault all along. Was it? Was it…

The letter made it easier to ascribe guilt to him. Was he guilty, or was I?”

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