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The Affair


A brief affair.

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Hi Tom. This is a well written 75-word piece. Usually if one partner is fooling around, the other one is, too. A subliminal way of getting back at the cheating partner. Marilyn


 Comment Written 15-Oct-2017



reply by the author on 15-Oct-2017
    Thanks for reading. Affairs never end well.
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Hi Tom,
75 words, exactly, and not a forced sentence in your entry. Sometimes a picture doesn't matter, but your choice was perfect.
As I read this piece, I wondered how long the affair had been going on. I don't believe this is a one-night-stand.
"I wondered if she was doing the same. No. She was a woman without guile." I'm thinking they both knew their affair was nearly done, like a scorched dinner. This was a goodbye, of sorts.
I'm thinking their secret meetings were well planned, probably in a nearby city, a business trip. How else could they get away with staying together until morning?
"In the morning, as we parted, she said, "Until next time." I didn't ask if there would be a next time. I knew she would avoid the question."
I don't think there are many people who can indulge in extramarital affairs without feelings of guilt haunting them. I knew a fellow where I worked for 38 years who could do it. He had affairs left and right, and I'm sure he enjoyed every single one. The thing is, though, that his wife was a beautiful woman. She worked in a store we frequented often. I always told myself, "if she only knew...".
Good Luck in the contest, Tom! Nice entry.
cheers
Kimbob


 Comment Written 15-Oct-2017



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    I knew a man who was married to a woman like this. Her job involved travel and she had a one night stand in every city. It was a mental thing and nothing to do with love. He found out about it because she came home with an STD. In councilling, she confessed everything and promised to never do it again. Three months later she came home with another STD.
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A hot one-night stand with each partnered married to each other and no commitment made, they'll get away with this infidelity, I bet.


 Comment Written 14-Oct-2017



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    No one ever gets away from an affair.
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Well, you definitely met and surpassed the requirements for the contest. I enjoyed reading. Being a happily married woman for too many years to count, I hope they don't meet again. Good luck with the contest.


 Comment Written 14-Oct-2017



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    Affairs never end well. Thanks for reading.
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A good little write of a situation that is quite common I would imagine. A 75 word story with a question at the end. Should do well in the competition.

~Mel~


 Comment Written 12-Oct-2017



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    Thanks for reading 75 words is easy for me. it's about my max.
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I have a lot of questions, but then again there isn't much more information one can pack in 75 words.
I love flash fiction, but at the same time find it frustrating.
Anyway, you've done very well considering the limitations.
Good luck in the contest.


 Comment Written 12-Oct-2017



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    75 words are easy for me. It's about my limit.
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You've amazed and dazzled me yet again, with this annoying ability to tell a story with such few words.

One of these days, I'm coming to get ya...

No. She was a woman without guile. A wedding ring wouldn't have mattered. ~ an original and patented Thomas Bowling!


 Comment Written 12-Oct-2017



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    Thanks for the kind words. The men in white coats are coming to get me too.
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This piece represents for many of us, the
brief encounters that some of us have
experienced and choose to remain
unwritten. But I remember them like it
was yesterday. All the best in the contest. -Bill


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    Thanks, Bill. I appreciate the fact that you read my stories.
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Huh?

So SHE says 'until next time', but he says 'I didn't ask if there would be a next time because I knew she would avoid the question." OMS -- that guy is thinking like a WOMAN. RUN! RUN! RUN! Why would he assume that there would not be a next time -- she said there would be, didn't she? So confused. Why do you do this to me?

UGH.



 Comment Written 12-Oct-2017



reply by the author on 12-Oct-2017
    It's the way women are. They always keep the man guessing.
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Hi, Thomas;
thank you for sharing your entry in the seventy-five-word flash fiction contest. Your tale is one that is all too common, and a bit sad, too.

~patty~


 Comment Written 12-Oct-2017



reply by the author on 12-Oct-2017
    Affairs never end well.
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