She had planned this for months and so just before noon, she picked up the phone and called him. He answered on the second ring, which she took as a good sign.
“Happy birthday, Stranger”.
He laughed at that.
“Of course I remember. Some dates you do not forget. I also remember the date we got married.”
“I was never very good with that date.”
“A Freudian block, perhaps?”
He laughed at that too.
She asked about his children. He asked about hers.
She hung up the phone and looked at her calendar; the next date, the day he left.
This week’s photo: © Janet Webb
I wrote a somewhat different story in October of 2013 when this prompt first came out. I didn’t re-read it until after I wrote my story above. Now I think I like the first one much better. You can read it by clicking here.