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50-Word Vignette #28

Prompt: The Apology

From her bed, she watches the birds and listens to neighbours busily about their lives. Knitting set aside; hands shake too badly for now. Novel abandoned on the coverlet, for the words won't stay still. Practising patience, she sends out her apology for all the things she cannot do today.


Anybody else like to join in and write their own? Just post it in the comments. All welcome.

Date: 2015-03-20 07:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readthisandweep.livejournal.com
A *lump in my throat* moment.

Jen, this is perfect.
xXx

Date: 2015-03-20 08:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennygordon.livejournal.com
Thank you, darling. Knew you'd get it :O)

Date: 2015-03-20 09:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readthisandweep.livejournal.com
‘I’m sorry.’
The question was of course, did he know what he was apologising for?
‘Right.’
‘What’s that supposed to mean? What do you want from me?’
A little empathy, she thought.
‘It’s not as if I meant it.’
The apology came with a self-centred whine and was rendered meaningless.

Date: 2015-03-20 10:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennygordon.livejournal.com
All too often true ...

Date: 2015-03-20 12:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seaivy.livejournal.com
it’s too late
she tossed the letter aside angrily
it’s all spoiled
i can’t do it again
all the work all the planning
she had such hope for the intimate dinner
she needed it then!
she read again
dear madam
we apologize for the failure to deliver your new appliance

Date: 2015-03-20 02:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seaivy.livejournal.com
inspired by you know who and her new refrigerator

Date: 2015-03-20 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennygordon.livejournal.com
Lol! I'm sure she'll be deeply flattered.

Date: 2015-03-21 08:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readthisandweep.livejournal.com
*Smiles & waves graciously*

Date: 2015-03-20 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] writerjenn.livejournal.com
We never discussed it. I knew by the way you smiled at me, by the way your voice lacked hidden traps and punishments, that you forgave me anyway. I never knew why. Here's the pen you wanted, the one the stores didn't have. I'm sorry the bow is crooked; I wish I could tie a better one.


Another long one. I have written short stories and entire books about apologies, so this is always a fruitful topic for me!

Date: 2015-03-23 10:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennygordon.livejournal.com
That's so lovely.

Date: 2015-03-20 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] writerjenn.livejournal.com
I want to give your protagonist a hug!

Date: 2015-03-23 10:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennygordon.livejournal.com
My protagonist says thank you :O)

Date: 2015-03-20 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edgyauthor.livejournal.com
Ooh, love this! I think we can all relate to this kind of apology, at some point or another, heh.

Date: 2015-03-23 10:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennygordon.livejournal.com
Absolutely!

Glad you like it.

Date: 2015-03-21 04:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marycatelli.livejournal.com
The ambassadors offered apologies of flowery insincerity. Alixandre watched from the balcony, having no wish to be in the farce.

Her maid pulled her sleeve. Scowling, she turned. In her room the orange-blossomed rosebush she had hoped for.

"Since you lacked them from fault of mine," said the prince's note.

Date: 2015-03-23 10:51 am (UTC)

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