When Pierre finally arrived at the safe house, it was empty. A chair by the table was overturned, a broken plate lay on the floor. Nothing else seemed disturbed. Below the loose fireplace brick, he found some money and a letter.
My love! Where are you? I sense danger snapping at my heels–I fear I’ll never see you again. But–
reading what I have just written, I now believe—I MUST believe—we’ll see each again—soon!
Remember our woods, the spring—no one can take away those memories.
All my love forever,
What have I done? he thought, as he shoved the note into his pocket. Grabbing a stale bit of bread he found in a cupboard, he filled his flask and left—not knowing where he was headed, only hoping it was towards her—and not too late.
Back to my spies for a bit of prosery flash for dVerse. Lillian is hosting and asks us to use this line:
“Reading what I have just written, I now believe” from Louise Gluck’s “Afterward.”
Oh loving this tale! A mystery….will he find her????
Maybe. I don’t know!😀
There is a palpable bond between these two that will never be broken. Their love is eternal. Great chapter in the spy chronicles and love that niche under the loose brick.
Thanks so much! I’m glad it all came through to you.
I think he knows the place for a reunion… but when? Love the tale…. the secrecy of spies are exciting to read.
Thank you very much, Björn.
It all began with what was under a “loose fireplace brick,” and it all will end where your imagination leads you – and your readers.
Thanks, Marian. 😀
I’m enjoying these episodes. It’s like a dream, always running and never getting there.
Thank you–you’re right! It’s exactly like that because they’re just disjointed episodes. 😀
Like a recurring dream. I hope you’re going to bring this to a satisfying conclusion one day!
I want a sequel to this tale! Exquisite in its portrayal 😀 I can’t help but imagine his expressions… somewhat like “the broken plate on the floor,” .. will he find her? I hope! 💝
Aww–thank you so much, Sanaa!
You’re most welcome! 💝
Exciting and intriguing: I want to read more!
Yay! That’s wonderful to hear. 😀
Wait! What? You need to finish this, Merril. Talk about hooking the reader. Nice!
Hahaha. Thank you so much, Jill! I’m glad you felt hooked!
Thank you very much. Happy Monday to you!
One hopes his memories of the spring in the woods was quite as vivid as hers, but from the sound of the last couple of lines, we’re left to wonder!
Thank you! Yes, I’m not certain what happens. 😀
Your take is so very romantic & rustic.
The Winslow image is perfect.
You are a renaissance woman!
Lots of ways to tell a tale, MS, but THIS is IT.
Thank you so much, Ron!
Ah, I love this series! So exciting and mysterious. It’s all up in the air the possibilities of what happens next! Beautiful work. 😀
Thank you very much, Lucy! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
I’m really enjoying this. Excellent writing & looking forward to what will be next!
Thank you very much!
A cliffhanger… and a good one.
intrigue and romance … a cliffhanger so I expect a sequel to this one Merril!
Hahaha. Thank you. We’ll see! 😀
I’m looking forwrd to the reunion…(K)
Thank you! 😀
This is a wonderful “chapter”. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
Thank you very much! Who knows? 😀
Oh, let us hope!! 🙂
What a wonderfully nostalgic piece of artwork you chose to illustrate your prosery, Merril. How interesting that the perspective has changed and that, similar to Björn’s story, you have included a letter. Although the safe house hasn’t been ransacked, the overturned chair and broken plate are ominous. I hope they find each other.
Thank you, Kim, for your close reading. I hope so, too.
A wonderful tale, well done.
Thank you very much!
Another marvelous addition to your spy stories Merril!
Thank you very much, Linda!
I love this!! I missed the beginning of the spy chronicles. Can you point me to the previous episodes so I can catch up? (I remember reading the one with the Edward Hopper painting.)
Thank you, Liz. They’re not connected by character or in any chronological order. I wrote one for a Prosery prompt and used a Hopper image, and then I wrote another one and used another Hopper image. I think if you put Prosery into my blog search feature you can find them (though not every Prosery is a spy story). They all seem to involve couple. The couple in this one might be the couple in the previous one–perhaps what happened before, or perhaps an alternate timeline. 😀
Thank you Merril. I’m caught up with your Proseries now. You do flash fiction (or should I say microfiction?) very, very well. I’m subscribed to a microfiction journal, which I’ve pretty much stopped reading because they aren’t stories. Now that I’ve read your proseries as a group, what I’m seeing is that you’re able to tell a whole story through the poet’s use of metaphor. That’s what’s lacking in the other microfictions I’ve been reading.
Thank you so much, Liz. I really appreciate that. I read the story should have a beginning, middle, and end–and that you should show, not tell–so I try. And it’s challenge with the word limit. I’m so pleased you like them. 😀
You try and you succeed. You have the poet’s edge!
Another good one – ultimately keeping us guessing
Thank you, Derrick. 😀
You hooked me. Ill buy your novel. When will it all be written and published? 🙂 Truly, great short short story that begs for more.
Hahaha. Thank you, Pam! 😀
Oooh! A tale of mystery! I want to read more… 🙂
Thank you, Robin! 😀😀