Until Death

Up until four seconds ago, the plate was in one piece–so was their marriage.


[Words: 15]
[Author’s Note: In several cultures, four is considered an unlucky number because, in their language, “four” and “death” are pronounced similarly.]



Her emotions: wine kept to age. She fills the bottles past brim, carelessly spilling libations.


[Words: 15]


Empty bottles. No concealer.
She’ll stay home today.
By choice.


[Words: 10]

[Author’s Note: The tags selected for this story relate to two different ways that the story. She does not suggest, and would never suggest, that abuse and vanity are equivalent.]