Last Embrace [flash 188]

Hugging goodbye

Where I go, no one can follow.

Michelle’s words reverberated in Owen’s mind as he hugged her goodbye. He had deviated from their “no strings attached” arrangement this afternoon and proffered his heart. She’d gone pale immediately and reminded him of their agreement to remain emotionally uninvolved.

“I tried,” he told her. “I failed! Can you honestly admit you feel nothing for me after all these months?”

Michelle just shook her head and put on her coat. “You know what I have to do.”

“Yes.” He nodded. “And I can go with you. I know it’ll be tough, but together we—”

She held up a hand and interrupted. “Where I go, no one can follow. I’m sorry, Owen. My mission is more important than a romance.”

He’d walked her to the dock, feeling angry, but that soon morphed into a piercing sadness. Owen knew he couldn’t change her mind, no matter what he said.

“Thank you for understanding,” Michelle said now as she stepped away.

Owen didn’t understand, but he watched her stride toward the nondescript foreign boat, the scent of her citrus perfume still hovering in the air.


Written for MLM’s Challenge 333 and today’s Go Dog Go Writing Prompt.

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14 responses to “Last Embrace [flash 188]

  1. It is better that it ended when it did.

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  2. Sounds like romance in a spy thriller. Good story Paula

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  3. I half expected her to say to him, “Here’s looking at you, kid,” before she walked off into the fog and onto that nondescript foreign boat.

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  4. Maybe they’ll meet again some day, in some gin joint, in another part of the world… Yeah, I read Fandango’s comment and stole his idea. He nailed it, and so did you!

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  5. This is a great photo I think, expresses so much emotion.

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

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