We saw her there. She was sitting on one of those many benches that lined the side of the bridge, offering a view of the majestic river that ran beneath it. We walked up to her and leant forward to see her face. She wasn’t surprised, but we were. There were no tears.

“Di, what happened? Where is Callum?” I asked. Nathan, on her other side, took her hand and gave it a squeeze. She shook it off.

“He’s home. Not feeling very well. I left him there. Liz will take care of him”, she said, getting up and standing, holding on to the steel rails of the bridge.

“Liz?” Nathan was puzzled, “Liz who?”

“Eliza Thornton, the bitch who he’s sleeping with. I just saw them at it in his bedroom when I entered the apartment with the key that he gave me.”

“Oh! Sorry Di. He’s an idiot giving up on you for someone like her! Wait till I see him. I’ll knock some sense into him”, I offered, trying to console her, though she seemed composed.

Standing in her shoes
To stay calm is not easy
Her strength infinite

She smiled. “Thanks darling. You’re the best”, she said, “Both of you are”

“Didn’t you say he was unwell?” Nathan enquired.

“He certainly is.”

“He’s got his foot in his mouth after he screwed things with you, eh?” I laughed, giving her a friendly punch.

“Yeah, that’s for sure. He’s also got a key in his stomach and five lines on his cheek that’ll be a scar forever!”

Shoes ineffective
Retribution with fingers
Scar to remember

For Tales Thursday – #29
For Sensational Haiku Wednesday – Shoes
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Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

26 thoughts on “Effective”

  1. WOW…what an excellent way to incorporate the Haiku’s I love them. Strength is infinite. Let’s hope we all have that 🙂 Well done 🙂

  2. The first Haiku I can completely relate with. There are many a lives, many ladies in whose shoes I can never imagine myself. the pain they have endured with utter calmness amazes me. A short but gripping story Leo. And I like it the way you intersperse prose and verse to bring in the impact of teh story. Superb!

  3. A short but indulging story. Its hard to stay composed when you go through something like that. And I m off to find out what is this Haiku all about :).

  4. WOW leo…ah you truly a haiku master…well only the shoe bearer knows where the shoe pinches…to portray that kind of strength is commendable…i liked the story leo…keeps you gripped 🙂

  5. Yo!
    awesome one Leo 😀
    brilliant narration and lovely haikus there 😀
    i loved the end 😛
    i wish i cud see that scarface 😛

  6. Can never envy another person’s shoe as every shoe pinches. Better your own than another’s. The tale weaved around the two Haiku’s as the central theme is very absorbing and interesting. As is usual in your stories the woman is justified and made righteous. Like that ending.

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