“Goodbye, Matilda”

“Goodbye, Matilda”

“I have bad news, Matilda,” said the Lord of Thornewood manor as he gently stroked the mane of his beloved Appaloosa.

“She won everything. The cars, the manor… You.”

His lips trembled, and his voice cracked.

“I really thought they would let me keep you.”

He wiped away his tears.

“She allowed me to say goodbye, at least. Well, the divorce lawyers persuaded her. Maybe they felt bad for winning so flawlessly. Can you imagine, Matilda? Lawyers with a conscience…”

Matilda whinnied, as if in disbelief.

“She hates me, you know. She said she’d hurt you just to cause me pain. But don’t worry! I won’t let that happen.”

He pulled out the revolver.

“We have to say goodbye now, Matilda.”

He heard a car pull up outside the stable.

“She’s here.”

He kissed Matilda on the muzzle.

“Farewell, darling. I wish I could do more.”

He cocked the revolver and exited the stable.

She’d left the car. Good.



Thanks for reading!

Written for theΒ FFfAW Challenge – Week of August 2,Β 2016

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Phylor. Thank you Phylor for our photo prompt!

159 words.


16 thoughts on ““Goodbye, Matilda”

  1. Great story, one that really makes you think and imagine the outcome. For a while there I thought he was going to do something really sadistic like kill the horse in a tragic, “if I can’t have her nobody can” kind of way. Wonderful writing Sonny, I’m really enjoying your work!

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  2. I don’t know what type of husband he was, but my heart went out to him. Then he pulled out the gun, and I was so scared he was going to shoot the horse. I’ve no idea what’s to come for his ex-wife, but it seems like the storm has only started. Excellent take of the prompt!

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    1. Yeah, he is probably not blameless for the situation but it’s hard to imagine that he deserved this. Hehe, it was naughty of me to let the reader think he was going to shoot Matilda, I know. πŸ™‚ He might shoot the ex wife, he might shoot himself, he might shoot both of them. But not Matilda. Thank you for the kind words, I appreciate it! πŸ™‚

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      1. No, he doesn’t deserve that. And Matilda doesn’t deserve that either. Thorn (it’s my nickname for him) seems to be a mad man on the loose, in every sense of the word “mad.” Hopefully he’ll give the ex-wife a huge wake-up call instead of shooting her or himself, but I can only imagine the outcome of this.

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  3. Oh wow! Love how you made this prompt so exciting. He probably wasn’t a good husband but she should have left with the horse. That’s evil, taking his pet (although it really does happen) and she’s just as hideous a person if she was going to hurt the horse. Thrilling end, I guess the horse outlives both Dad and evil Mom. Great write πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks! I appreciate it, glad you liked it. πŸ™‚ Yes, I’m sure he has his faults too. I don’t know what he did exactly but she definetly outranks him in Evil now. As for the ending it’s a bit unclear, but yes, the horse definetly lives. My SO pointed out that maybe he shoots only himself just so the ex wife won’t have any reason to hurt the horse. I didn’t even think of that! πŸ™‚ I suppose it depends on what kind of person he is, if he can commit murder or not.

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    1. Yes, he might be gunning for her, that was indeed my idea when I wrote it. Then my SO said that maybe he’s going to shoot himself just so the ex wife wouldn’t have any reason to hurt the horse. I suppose it depends on what kind of person he is. Maybe he can’t commit murder. So now I’m not so sure anymore. πŸ™‚

      I’m glad you liked it, thanks! πŸ™‚


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