A Difficult Decision – Short Short Story


“He isn’t your husband,” said the boy.


“He isn’t your husband.”


“Who? Bruce, Mom. He’s not your husband.”

“I know that.”

“So why can’t you just make him move out?”

“Sweetheart,” she said, caressing his cheek. “It’s not that simple.”

“Why?” asked the boy in frustration. “You act like we owe him something.”

She stared out the window. “Bruce is in a bad place right now,” she said, “but he’s getting better. I can tell he’s really trying.”

“He’s always in a bad place,” the boy said softly. “He hurts us, Mom.”

Her eyes welled. “Where would he go, Mikey?” she demanded. “You want him to live on the street?”

“Grandma’s,” the boy said flatly.


“He could move to Grandma’s.”

“You think Bruce should move in with Grandma?”

“Just for a little while. Until we could help him find a permanent place. Half the duplex is open,” said the boy. “She said so yesterday.”

“No,” said his mother. “Absolutely not.”

“Why? Its better than having him here.”

“No! I am not having Bruce move into my mother’s duplex. Forget it.”

“He would keep her company.”

His mother slammed the table top with both hands. “I don’t want to hear another word about this, Michael, do you understand me? We are not getting rid of the cat!”




Now try this:  Grandma and Teddy – Short Short Story












Author: FredRock

Pulp fiction. Noir. Hardboiled.

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