Friday, 31 July 2015

The Serial Husband - The End

As promised, this is the last part of The Serial Husband. I hope you all enjoy it!

If you missed the first parts, you can check back here:
Part One
Part Two


The Serial Husband - The End

 
The Serial Husband - The End
 
I float on a wave of emotion. I see everything and I see nothing. I am nowhere and I am everywhere. I’m also getting ahead of myself. I must go back a little – it’s painful, but it’s what I have to do.
I think of Matt sitting there looking across at me. He looks so lost and vulnerable, like a child who has lost his Mother. I want to go to him so badly. To hold him. To make everything ok again. I can’t of course. It’s too late for that.
How did it come to this? Was it always destined to end up this way, or do we make our own fates? Was this the universe’s plan for us all along, whatever we did, or was it a series of bad decisions on both of our parts that brought us to this point?

So many questions battle for space in my brain. I have no answers to any of them. In a way I don’t want answers. If I don’t know, I can believe we were both just innocent pawns playing our pre-planned roles. That’s a much nicer scenario than any of the others that run through my thoughts.
I’m pulled rudely from my thoughts by a voice, loud in the otherwise quiet room. I didn’t catch everything it said. I caught only one word, but that one word was enough. That one word said it all, the rest is just window dressing. Guilty. One word, not even a big word, but its meaning changes lives.
Guilty of murder. I want to run, but I can’t move. I want to scream, but I can’t speak. My head is spinning, spinning.
I stand shakily and a hand takes me elbow, steadying me and leading me out of the courtroom.
As I stumble blindly along the corridor two more words come back to me. Life imprisonment. It’s like a mantra running through my head on a loop. Guilty. Life imprisonment. Guilty. Life imprisonment.
The words spin through my head, they lose all meaning and I cling to them like I used to cling to my favourite blanket.
I’m ushered into a room and the door slams behind me. I take a deep breath.
‘Get a grip girl,’ I tell myself.
Those words running through my head will be enough to send me crazy before long.
And I think we all know now I am not crazy.
Matt did kill his first wife. He did kill that nurse. He did try to kill me.
 
I suppose that’s the defence I should have used, maybe I would be free now. But I can never truly be free. Not now. Not without my Matt. I didn’t want to kill him, I just didn’t want to lose him. When I saw those divorce papers on his desk, I just panicked.
Besides, how could I have all those people thinking my Matt was a monster?
 
That's it! I hope you all like how it turned out! Let me know what you think in the comments :)

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61 comments:

  1. i need to know more 😬 I think you are going to have to write a bit more haha! Great short story thank you .

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    1. Lol you are a hard task master :) Glad you enjoyed it!

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  2. This is a story and not real life isn't it??? I think I'm hooked!

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  3. Really well written and gripping fiction. At least I'm assuming it's fiction. Well done. #AnythingGoes

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    1. Lol, it is :) I'm glad you enjoyed it, thank you :)

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  4. Brill. Love it. What story's next? :-)

    #anythinggoes

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    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it :) I'm not sure yet, I'm trying to spend a little time working on my book at the minute, but I'm sure something will pop into my head at some point :)

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  5. Really enjoyed all three parts. And very brave of you to put them out there! Maybe I'll fish out some of my old short stories one day.

    #AnythingGoes

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed them :) I was terrified the first time lol. Go for it!

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  6. You're such a brilliant writer! Off to read part 1 and 2!! #anythinggoes

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

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  7. Have you ever written a book? You're such a good writer #anything goes

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    1. I'm working on my first one at the minute :) Thank you so much!

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  8. This was a brilliant short story! Very jealous of people who ca write fiction - I can never think of a good story! #anythinggoes

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it :) Give it a try, you never know what will pop into your head!

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  9. Very well written and great story! Thank you for sharing!

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  10. OK, so I thought I commented on this post a few days ago, but apparently it never went through! I have to say that you threw me through a loop with this ending. The entire time I thought that it was Matt who was being tried in court, and then you flipped it over to the narrator. Brilliantly unexpected ending! Loved it! #AnythingGoes

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    1. Originally it was going to be Matt on trial and as I was writing it, I just thought hmmm why not try something different! Thank you, I'm glad you liked it :)

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  11. So well written Debbie, it hooks you in & keeps you there. Love the end - was a good twist. #AnythingGoes x

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed the little twist :) x

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  12. This is great! I was on the edge of my seat reading this. I loved the twist at the end. I assumed it was about divorce at it was making me well up. Powerful writing! Kat x #twinklytuesday

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  13. very good. I thought it was the man in court not the woman. Good twist! I enjoyed reading this and like how clever you use your words. You have a real talent!

    Angela from www.daysinbed.com

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    1. Thank you so much Angela, that really means a lot :) x

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  14. I love reading short stories, because I never get time to read longer stories these days - thanks for sharing. #TwinklyTuesdays Mel xx

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    1. Thanks Mel, I'm glad you enjoyed it - it can be hard to fit longer stories in sometimes! x

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  15. I loved this series of short stories, and would love to read some more as and when you write them. #Anythinggoes #TwinkleyTuesday

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed them :) There will be more to come!

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  16. I loved this series of short stories, and would love to read some more as and when you write them. #Anythinggoes #TwinkleyTuesday

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  17. I loved this series of short stories, and would love to read some more as and when you write them. #Anythinggoes #TwinkleyTuesday

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  18. Cant wait to read more! Exciting stuff!

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  19. I need to go back and read the first 2 bits now!! It's good writing lovely. You got me gripped. A book now? xx #binkylinky

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it :) I'm part way through writing a book so hopefully! x

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  20. Wow this is great :) - I am assuming it is a short story and not real life.... lol xx #momsterslink

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    1. It is a short story lol, a few people have asked me that :) Thank you

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  21. Please let me know when your book is out! Would love to read it. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

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    1. I will, thanks so much for the support :) Thanks for hosting

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  22. so well written I have just read this and now am going in for the other two sounds great! Thanks for linking up to #sundaystars

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it :) Thank you for hosting!

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  23. You are a brilliant writer thanks for linking to the Binkylinky

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    1. Thank you so much and thanks for hosting :)

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  24. Great ending I think we need the full book written and sold please??!!! lol Your a great writer. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

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    1. Thank you :) I'm currently working on a book (not about this though) so you never know :) Thanks for hosting

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  25. I think there is going to be a sequel. There has to be more. What a great series! Thanks for linking up with #MyFavouritePost

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    1. I don't have any plans for one at the minute, but never say never ;) Thank you for hosting :)

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  26. Great way to end it. Sad thing is there are women in this world who know that their husband's are monsters and chose to love them anyway. Love your writing. Thanks for hosting #AnythingGoes. I am way behind in commenting as I have been doing some family time in the evenings.

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    1. Thank you :) I totally agree, there are probably women out there reading this story and seeing a little of themselves in her! No worries, I know you always comment, enjoy your family time :)

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    2. Fiction is such a powerful way of honing in on truths that are too difficult to deal with head-on. Thanks for linking this great series with #TwinklyTuesday.

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    3. That's a great point Sadia! Thank you and thanks for hosting :)

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  27. Visiting this time around from #momsterslink

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  28. This is great! Love the ending, it gave me chills! x #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it :) x

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  29. Thanks so much for sharing this, you are such a talented writer, I am very jealous!! Good luck with your book but I think this should all be put together and out there for the world! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. Thank you :) I'm actually thinking of self publishing a book of short stories. I just need to find time to look into how it actually works :) Thanks for hosting!

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