Winslow Homer, Dutch Doors

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.

Dear P–

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.”

60 thoughts on “Remember

  1. 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.

  2. 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! 💝

  3. 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!

  4. 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, 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. 😀

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