She remembered it all. She remembered the vintage wood coffee tables made of red oak tree, the walls adorned with classic frames and what-nots on étagère, the coffered ceiling above the hardwood floors, and the wood veneer pool table.
Most of all, she remembered Ian—a tall, blond man with a crooked smile who led her to this place one evening in December. He was a really good pool player who taught her the tricks of the game. “There’s more to aiming than sinking a ball,” he used to say as he led her to a cue stick, his hands gripping her trembling arms while he leaned closer to her back, lowering her head over the stick. He would then softly whisper to her ear, “Aim the cue ball to a stripe one near the side pocket.” And she did as told. She could still remember the rush of joy as the ball rolled to make the shot; he would spin her around the room, pleased and proud.
Suddenly, a tinge of sadness came and she slowly closed the album with a weak smile. “Happy anniversary, my love. I hope there’s pool in heaven.”
Here is for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers prompt. This week’s photo prompt by Etol Bagam reminds me of a lovely scene from a Filipino book turned movie, She’s Dating the Gangster. I hope you forgive me for giving a sad twist to a sweet tale. 🙂 🙂
Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers is a weekly writing challenge where a photo is used as a prompt for a piece of fiction using 150 (+/- 25 words). Thanks for another fun prompt, PJ!
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