Never Alone

Seems like this might be an unpleasant time of the year and, for some, justifiably.  This actually is the season for “tidings of comfort and joy” even if it is a little unorthodox.

Scott Vannatter, thanks for the pic, now on with the story.

A Merry Christmas to all of you …yes, ALL of you!  😉


He crashed her long-anticipated letter on the table among the Christmas ribbons and papers.  


Marrying someone else! Telling him “how sorry” she was that, “the piano player has stolen my heart” and “I didn’t think it appropriate to return for Christmas to see you …” 


Aiming without looking, he flung the $50 tickets for the romantic horse and buggy ride into the garbage, then dashed the $700 diamond and white gold ring into the fireplace.


Plopping down in the chair, face in his hands, he wept.  “Oh, God!  What’s left for me?”  


The cat climbed up and nuzzled his hand.

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30 Responses to Never Alone

  1. yerpirate says:

    Very good moment caught, and that line, ““the piano player has stolen my heart”…just a classic don’t know whether to laugh or cry…poor deluded woman..just wait till the piano player steals his next heart…

  2. You made a good story out of a heart-rending experience. Sorry that it was real but glad you could eventually get a little good out of the situation! Hope this Christmas is a wonderful one!!

  3. Aiming without looking…an interesting way of putting it. I felt your pain. (At least she’ll have good music.) Good job on the story.

  4. Oh, dear. Hope you found someone warm and loving to replace her. ps: Wonder if she’s still with that piano player? Thanks for visiting and commenting on mine. Merry Christmas to you and yours !!

  5. tedstrutz says:

    Liked your story… unhappy memories for some this time of year. Getting ready and hoping to see her, but knowing he wouldn’t. I liked ‘aiming without looking’, clever.

  6. Tessa says:

    Wow, helluva way to learn she was marrying someone else. Great story!

  7. rgayer55 says:

    Quite the Dear John letter at a Dear Santa time of the year. Well written piece.

  8. kz says:

    aww sorry to hear that it’s based on real experiences.. a good story though…

  9. Lots of anguish in that story! Sometimes cats are the best companions, so I hope that part was also based on fact. I don’t suppose there’s any ‘nice’ way to leave someone, but that sounded pretty cold-hearted. You’re probably lucky she’s out of your life, actually, but I know it doesn’t feel that way when it happens.

  10. wmqcolby says:

    Those lines in quotation marks were actually from the letter itself. Yes! And no, there was no cat involved. She had some issues, found what she was looking for and I would have been miserable with her … I only wanted to be friends anyway. I was aiming for pathos. Now I got it … for ME, not for the story! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! 😀

  11. Sandra says:

    Nice to see a different take on the prompt, and you brought the cat in nicely in a feel-good way at the end of the tale. Funny how someone would write a ‘dear John’ at Christmas, I always made sure that business was well out of the way long before. 😉 I see you’ve taken it in your stride though. Merry Christmas, have a good one.

  12. wmqcolby says:

    Thanks, Sandra! Like I said, I didn’t know if I had an ending or not. And, yes, I have had two girls dump me (separate years) around that time of year (only happened twice). But nightmares end eventually and we move on. The lesson I learned is that the BEST revenge is LIVING WELL! And writing about it, too. 😉 Merry Christmas, Sandra!

  13. Tom Poett says:

    What a heartless bitch….I mean what…a soulless….No No….what a mean….No wait….What a lousy timing two timing tramp…Who cares what she is….the hell with her. But a Merry Christmas to you! A good piece of writing from the heart.

  14. Jan Brown says:

    I’m sad to hear that this is non-fiction, but agree that you are never alone. Great title, and great use of the photo prompt!

  15. Dear Kent,

    No matter when they take place, breakups are always the best thing that could ever happen. Did you ever fish that ring out of the fireplace ashes? Great tale to life’s lows. Cat’s are the best revenge. Once they decide to, they love you forever.



  16. rich says:

    he got his answer to his question. and it’s not a bad answer. well done.

  17. elappleby says:

    Very good story – I could feel the anger in the words. Sorry it’s based on a real story, but if we never suffered we’d all end up writing slushy romances. Hope things are better for you now. Happy Christmas 🙂

  18. nightlake says:

    sad to know that it was your life’s experience..Hope things get better for you..

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