Leaving isn’t demure

Forty-seven years. The photograph taken for their anniversary. Miriam would gladly wait another three years.

She hates everything about him – Neville – his false teeth, the way he sits with his legs spread apart. And she knows the scissors inches away from her blouse is no accident.

She wants to slap him with something but knows the limp yellow cloth she holds in her hand will do nothing.

178 photographer 122447Demure. Why couldn’t he be demure like her? Knees together. Just because he wears trousers. At least his socks and shoes match this time. Finally listens to something she says – or rather for the pretty photographer.

Miriam wishes he’d just go off with her, but she’s not interested. Sally.

So anyone. Miriam doesn’t mind who, but it has to be his doing. She will never leave him. Leaving isn’t demure. Not winning. And she’s never lost at anything in her life.

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