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The Inexplicable Behavior of Some Parents
What had Papa done?
His beloved Steinway sagged in the front yard, beaten and broken, with a burial bouquet of white lilies draped across the mangled keys.
I inched along the sidewalk and found him, on the front steps, head buried in his arms, groaning.
He never lifted his head, just spoke to his polished shoes. “Your mother is a hard woman.”
“I brought her baklava from Athens Bakery. She accused me of philandering with Sofia. Then this…”
He raised his head to gaze forlornly at his piano.
“An emotional woman. The love of my life…”
19 thoughts on “The Inexplicable Behavior of Some Parents, a Flash Fiction”
You’ve managed to turn this tale of tragedy into a delightfully visual comedy, Sascha. Well done!
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Thank you, Susan. It’s sometimes easier to go dark than to go the other way…even if Mama is scary crazy. 😀
He’s a forgiving man. In other hands this would have been a domestic murder story
Yep. Probably mine a few hours earlier. lol
Thanks, Neil! 🙂
Interesting thread between this and “chiseled.” Like them both.
Don’t mess with crazy Mama. Nicely done.
Thanks, Rochelle! 🙂
Oh dear, that is one temperamental relationship. The poor piano though.
I know. I think I’d be at the lawyers if my piano were in that condition.
Thanks so much! 🙂
More like over-emotional! (And a tad nuts…)
Yes on the tad nuts. Although I have met couples who are both extremely dramatic… 🙂
Love forgives all… but I feel sorry for him… a broken Steinway is heartbreaking.
It is! I’m not sure I’d be forgiving.
Thanks, Bjorn! 🙂
He sounds to be a long-suffering soul. I could visualise that piano.
I actually felt bad about the piano. But a writer must suffer for their art. haha
I hope his wife did not overhear this!
Thanks, Dawn! 🙂
At least he knows she cares. She needs to find a better way to show it, but he could do a lot worse than a firey, passionate woman. Self-control would be nice, though.
Yes. They have the passionate love that consumes.