Friday, February 3, 2012

3. Luck

The house burnt down.  We went back and forth with the insurance company for months about the value of the art and David’s computers and his gun collection; they were no help at all. 
At least there was nothing to divide up when we got divorced. 

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(this one is for trifecta's latest weekend writing challenge:  tell a complete story in three sentences.)   

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    1. thank you! looking forward to reading yours as well.

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  2. no fault - no possessions divorce. Simplicity

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  3. Short, sweet and packs a punch. Nicely done.

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    1. that was the goal-- the punch part.

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  4. Uncomplicated matters. I like that.

    Pamela

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  5. Well, at least there was one good thing for this couple, right ;P. I enjoyed the irony presented only in the last sentence.

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    1. irony? or did the stress of the house burning down CAUSE the divorce? or were they on the brink and this pushed them over the edge?

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  6. I like that "gun collection." It makes it a bit ominous.

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    1. me too! I was trying to show that maybe she had the art collection and he had the guns and computers (plural), how different their interests were.........

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  7. Thanks for submitting to the weekend challenge. This is clever. We asked for a complete story and you've certainly given us that here. You tell us about the fire, about the lost valuables and ultimately the divorce. But I like that you also hint at the reason for the divorce: a man perhaps more interested in computers and guns than in his long-suffering wife. Nicely done. Hope to see you back for Monday's challenge.

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    1. yes! I will be there. :) thanks for the nice comments.

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  8. Well, if you are going to get divorced, that does make it simpler

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    1. no photos? that part makes me sad...........

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  9. This seems dark, but through my personal filter it looks like a chance at a new life, with no baggage.

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    1. hmmmmmmmmm. she lost the house, the stuff, now the marriage too?

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  10. Hm. Luck or intentionally-lit? Lucky that the loss made divorce easier? I'm curious.
    Came from the Trifecta link.

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    1. aha! I never thought of it that way, like arson. My intent with the title was to be a bit ironic and a bit dark and a bit ambiguous. When you hear the word "Luck," you automatically think good luck, but I wanted to put a spin on it that it is bad luck. David's poor wife! her house burns down, all her special art work is gone (hers that she painted? or hers that she bought and collected over the years-- all that creativity), and now the stress of the fire/ house loss has pushed her marriage from the brink of divorce to the actualization of it.

      bad luck, I think.

      thanks for stopping by! love the comments!

      MOV

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  11. Simplicity...in the writing and in the divorce. Fresh start by all.

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    1. thank you! I think this is my favorite one I wrote, and I gotta say, it pretty much wrote itself. All I starte with is "the house burnt down."

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  13. I love the possibilities here with the art and the arson, the some of the possible reasoning behind the divorce.. it sure is a story! great job!

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    1. thanks, Jenna! and thanks for stopping by. :)

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