“Are you laughing at me?”
“Edward, you are incredibly oversensitive. I was barely paying attention to you.”
“That’s comforting Violet. I can always count on my devoted wife for support.”
Violet dropped her pruning shears onto the wooden table, composing herself before she answered. “You should be pleased I’m speaking to you at all. Yet here you sit in the conservatory, reading the Sunday paper as though the details of your indiscretions were not splattered across the front page. A man of your stature using government funds to gamble and cavort with prostitutes. You’re an embarrassment.”
“Prune your orchids, so I may drink my tea in peace.”
She watched as he sipped his tea, then turned her attention to the yellow orchids. Violet loved how their throat petals mimicked someone laughing. Once the poison in his tea took effect, she’d be laughing with them.
I found a wonderful writing site hosting a writing challenge called Mondays Finish the Story. Each Monday they post a picture prompt, along with the first line of the story. The stories must be between 100-150 words and must include the given first line. Since I’ve never met a writing challenge I didn’t want to do, I did.
Check out the MFTS blog… some great short stories posted. https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/