The Moment It All Changed By Michael J. Solender

Her eyes darted furtively and her lower lip became a thin line of string, tucked under her nose. The signal, an unspoken password, told me all I needed to know.

We’d been discovered.

Secretly I wanted it all to come to light. The mess would be dealt with, feelings would be hurt. Possessions would be parsed, pain would ensue.

Then and only then, the haze would lift.

No more hang ups after two rings.

No more guessing if that woman whose eyes lingered upon our dinner laughter was Julia’s coworker I’d met at the last Christmas party.

No more stroking my daughter’s hair and wondering what she’d think of her Daddy when he didn’t live in the house any longer.

No more longing for no mores.

They would all be replaced.

Starting today. It all went in motion. Certainty replaced doubt.

Her eyes said it all.

I would have given anything to have seen mine at that very instant.

What did they tell her?


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7 responses to “The Moment It All Changed By Michael J. Solender

  1. Al McDermid

    ‘No more longing for no mores.’ Great line, one of many. Especially liked the wondering at the end . . .

  2. I love how the discovery was actually a relief even though he’d dreaded the consequences.

  3. Loved this the first time I read it, even better the second time around. Peace…

  4. I agree with Linda, loved this first, and even more, second time around.

  5. Really, really a great piece, Michael. There’s tension and release that creates a perfect arc of story.

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  7. Michael

    Very powerful story! Loved this. “No more longing for no mores.” Great line. Well done.

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