The Other Side of Paradise – Fiction

Here is my submission for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.  Thanks to PJ for hosting this weekly challenge.  Click the lil froggy for more stories.

This week’s photo prompt is provided by, Louise, author of the blog, “The Storyteller’s Abode.”

Oh!  I’ve changed the title three times 😦


The Other Side of Paridise

One Saturday afternoon, Mildred had managed to gather her four best friends for coffee on the promenade. Mildred’s husband, Tommy, had been dead for over a year, and she was determined to get to the bottom of something she’d found while cleaning out his closet.

Mildred didn’t remember ever going to “The Blue Paradise Room” with Tommy. She’d opened the matchbook and read: “Anxiously awaiting your response, Tina C”.

When her friends arrived, Mildred asked the men to move to another table for a few minutes, and went over her suspicions, privately, with her female friends.

Shortly, the men were asked to return to the table. Fresh coffee was ordered.

“Now, I don’t want you guys to get all nervous and everything,” Mildred began. “But I’m wondering if either of you knows anything about my Tommy having an affair with that Carlson woman.”

There was an uneasy silence, but the look that passed between the men did not go unnoticed by the women.


9 thoughts on “The Other Side of Paradise – Fiction

  1. Something tells me that turned out to be a very awkward luncheon even though she was among friends. She probably knew the truth, but did not want to believe it, so she decided to find out for sure if she could. I think she found out her answer and it wasn’t the one she wanted. Enjoyed your story, Ellspeth. 🙂


    • We don’t know if he responded 😦 I’m sorta hoping Tina wrote that on all the matchbooks she handed out to the guys. However, getting such a matchbook is probably something to brag about over a game of billiards.

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