IRRECONCILABLE

We had our differences. For most couples they would have been irreconcilable, but we always muddled through.

It’s all about compromise. Sure, his job kept him busy, away from home a lot. Maybe that helped. We weren’t living under each other’s feet for forty years.

Then I found out it wasn’t his job that kept him busy on the road so much. It was more the second wife and the other son and daughter he had.

Well, he’s on the road again now, what remains of him. On his way to visit them again. Hope I got the address right.

Copyright Ted Strutz

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

Also linking to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge for today: Irreconcilable.

A collection of my short stories, ‘Collected Sketches’ is FREE today (Wednesday) on AMAZON kindle.

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80 responses to “IRRECONCILABLE”

  1. Really wonderful story

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      1. You’re welcome 😉

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  2. That’s crisp and neat and satisfying, Iain

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  3. Oooh, there’s something satisfying about this.

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  4. Another cracker. I just laughed with Sandra’s and read yours immediately after. The laughter continues. I mean, poor her and all that but what a great way to be done with him!

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    1. I’m glad you found the humour in it 🙂

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      1. Hard not to. 😊

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  5. Hahaha wonderful. There might be a return to sender?

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    1. She’d be brave to try that!

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  6. Funny stuff. Literal dead letter office!

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  7. Brilliant, though I’d love to read the sequel, perhaps the recipient (also a victim?) will return to sender? Or the next title… ‘Unwanted remains”. Great that you can, with a few words send the reader on a journey

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    1. Perhaps they end up the best of friends after all! Thanks so much.

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  8. A late Valentines gift? 😳
    Uffda mayda!!

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    1. Not a Valentines I would want to receive!

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  9. Oooh, someone’s about to get a nasty shock.

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    1. Not the sort of mail you want to get, for sure!

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  10. That’s a great twist. An example of “what goes around comes around” 🙂

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    1. Karma has a way of doing that! Thanks Linda

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    1. Good advice, thanks Danny

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  11. Iain, A perfect tale of dark humor.

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  12. Is it wrong that I’m cackling so loudly right now? Special delivery indeed!

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    1. Not at all – the perfect reaction 🙂

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  13. Teehee! Great humour, Iain. You turn that story around very nicely.

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    1. Thanks so much Penny 🙂

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  14. Dear Iain,

    Sounds like she’s sending karma to the other wife’s door. This made me laugh out loud. Brilliant.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle, always pleased to raise a laugh 🙂

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  15. for his sake, i hope she got the wrong address. 🙂

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    1. He’s not that lucky I’m afraid.

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  16. And I thought getting bills in the mail was annoying! Super story, Iain!

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    1. A new kind of junk mail! 🙂

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  17. Cold, calculating, karma. Love it!

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  18. Oooh this is good! LOL!

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  19. Oh thats great, what a twist, wasn’t expecting that! Brilliant

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  20. Ha, love it! Your classic double whammy, revenge on him and the other family in one stroke.

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    1. She takes no prisoners 🙂

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  21. I’m guessing she didn’t keep half of the ashes for herself! Nice one Iain.

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    1. Oh no, definitely didn’t want him lying around the place! Thanks Keith

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  22. Now, that’s just plain cruel. Great story.

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  23. Ha! I shouldn’t laugh I know but there is some great dark humor in this one. That poor first wife. What a horrible man he was to have two families. Wonder how the second wife will react at such a gift!

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    1. My guess is she won’t be too happy! 🙂

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  24. Excellent story! I loved this, Iain, because it’s not what I expected at all.

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    1. Thank you Brenda, much appreciated 🙂

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  25. Unexpectedly funny! 😀

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  26. I must admit I snickered a bit at the end of your story, Iain.
    I could just see the look on the 2nd wife’s face when she receives the package.
    Great write … Have a wonderful weekend,
    Be Safe 😷 … Isadora 😎

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    1. Thank you so much, happy it gave you a chuckle 🙂

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  27. This is just fantastic! I thought it would be sad, and then got a big laugh. As I said in my offering, I never noticed what was in the box until after I wrote my story! Thanks for the chuckle. Years ago Reba McIntyre had a song that went “Does he love her like he loves me?” In the video, we see him setting out to sea with his ‘other woman’. Reba is standing on the cliff watching and looking so sad. Then the boat blows up, and she grins. One of my favorites!

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    1. Thanks so much Eugenia. Like the sound of that video 🙂

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  28. Looks like she went postal on him then 😉

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  29. I think that there is more to this story, can I have first refusal on the film rights😉

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    1. How much are you willing to offer? 🙂

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  30. Well then, the answer, my friend, is ‘blowing in the wind’ … 😉

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  31. Wow ! Poor guy must have worn the soles of his feet thin running between two homes …..

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    1. Haha, I often wonder about people like this have the energy and the time! Thanks so much for visiting 🙂

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