Microfiction challenge #12: Abandon


The young mother wakes to the sound of her youngest. He is crying but has slept through the night. Beside her the older two sleep.

She has them in her bed some nights. It’s a comfort knowing her boys are safe and she is not alone every night.

Her husband of six years has abandoned her. Walked out saying he needed space. Six months later she discovered he never intended to return.

She spends her days wondering what she could have done different. Feels all hope is lost. The pain overwhelms her some days. She fears for her own sanity but knows she has to remain strong for her boys.

Next year the eldest will start school and before then she has to deal with his issues of separation. His father doesn’t see any problem, denies there are issues and if they are it is all her fault.

Today the boys are going to their fathers. Its Father’s Day tomorrow so it will be good for the boys to be with their father. She has her own dad to deal with.

Tonight she is having a night out.

She throws back the covers; her day is starting.

She calls to the baby, she is coming.


Written for: https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2016/09/02/microfiction-challenge-12-abandon/

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9 Responses to Microfiction challenge #12: Abandon

  1. Some people have all the luck, don’t they?

  2. Ah, abandonment issues… more than 4 decades down the line and they are still with me, causing me grief…

  3. I feel for her — I hope her dad isn’t too much to deal with as she has so much of her own to. She will have to be the responsible one — the hardest role to play.

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  5. merrildsmith says:

    Hope life gets better for her.

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