What do you see # 78 – April 19, 2021

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( For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a table set for two people. The location seems to be outdoors, in an alley)

She was nervous, more nervous than she’d been on her wedding night, but after three years of fighting, he was coming home.
The table was special. One he had crafted himself from oddments of wood gathered from glades and valleys before he went away. He had lovingly stripped and polished the top, bringing out the natural grain with all its imperfections. The cutlery drawer had dovetail joints and slid smoothly on its runners, again all made by his capable hands. She herself had given the frame a coat of paint when he had finished, her contribution to his efforts.
The sound of a vehicle echoed at the end of the narrow street.
Footsteps replaced the sound as it pulled away.
She wrung her hands on her apron.
He was here.
He stood in the doorway, his smile hesitant, then beaming, just as it had been on their wedding day. He opened his arms to embrace her.
She clung to him, breathing in his essence, touching, sensing, yearning.
He was alive, and home.
He noticed the ash tray on the table and picked it up.
‘No need for this now,’ he said. ‘I quit when my mate in the ranks died of lung cancer.’

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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11 Responses to What do you see # 78 – April 19, 2021

  1. Sadje says:

    Ah what a wonderful homecoming story Di. I
    Thanks for joining in with this uplifting story.

  2. murisopsis says:

    Great description – not just the setting but the anticipation!

  3. Chris Hall says:

    What an evocative picture you’ve painted, Di 🙂

  4. judeitakali says:

    A beautiful ending.

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