What Happened to the Woman in the Photograph?

Here’s the next instalment of the Salvage Series, inspired by PJ’s photo for FFfAW. You don’t have to read it all, though, I hope it will stand on its own.

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Ben comes home after a long day of emptying lobster pots and finds Donna’s taken down their wedding photograph. He puts it back where it belongs. Donna’s gone out. He’s tired, but not as tired as he is of her games. He waits for her.

‘Trying to tell me something?’

Donna shrugs.

‘Is this what’s it’s all about? You want out of the marriage?’


‘I won’t take the blame for you. You want a divorce, you’ll have to say it.’

Donna shrugs and disappears. Ben pulls the blanket over himself. He doesn’t feel like sleeping next to her anymore.


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14 thoughts on “What Happened to the Woman in the Photograph?

  1. It’s really hard to argue if it is all one sided! Maybe she is just extremely upset with him right now, or waiting for him to make the next move. I’m interested to see what happens next.

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    1. I don’t think it’s not one-sided. But Ben’s sleepwalked into the situation, while Donna’s actions are more deliberate.
      Thank you, Jessie!


  2. I think you’ve done a great job of making this stand on its own. I love the atmosphere you create between the two … full of hurt and indecision (though perhaps more from Ben than Donna). Donna seems rather indifferent in this piece. Perhaps future episodes will prove me wrong.

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  3. The dialogues actually gave me a concert of how they feel, and that is a great thing. I think they are in a bad place in their marriage bit at the same time, I font thin of they are headed for divorce. Maybe this is just wishful thinking. But great job with the dialogue.

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