Last time: Knick-Knacks
“This is going to be a bitch to clean out, Becca.”
Rebecca sighed. Bill was standing just inside the door of the shed, but she wouldn’t enter. She stood outside, refusing to look at the knick-knacks her late husband had collected during their years together. “Just throw it all out.”
“You should have a garage sale. A lot of this is in good condition.”
“I just want to be rid of it. I want to get it over with.”
Bill emerged, cobwebs clinging to his hair. “It’s not going to be that easy, Becca. It’s not like the last time.”
She scoffed and headed across the yard to the house. Bill followed her inside, sliding the glass door closed behind him.
“Go away. I thought you were my friend. I thought you were here to help me.”
“I am your friend. But you need to allow yourself time to grieve. Darren’s death was unexpected.”
“I know that.” She sneered, throwing books haphazardly into boxes that were spread across the living room. “It doesn’t make any sense to cling to the past. What I had with Darren was great, but now it’s over. So I’m moving on.”
Bill sighed. After a few moments of silence, he finally had to speak again.
“When Jay left…”
“…you were devastated. He was an asshole, but we were all charmed by him.”
“Don’t do this Bill.” Tears ran rivers down her cheeks. “Please.”
“And then you met Darren, and you felt as if he saved you from the heartache Jay left behind.” Bill stood and wrapped his best friend in his arms.
“And now Darren is dead!” She shrieked. “He abandoned me. Just like Jay did!”
“You don’t mean that. You just need to let go and allow yourself to grieve the loss of someone you loved.”
Rebecca sank to the floor, letting the grief wash over her. Bill sat beside her, rubbing her back until her sobs subsided.
Write at the Merge prompt: For this week, the editors at Write on Edge gave us a photo prompt, which can be found here, and a quote: “When you’re in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, ‘Damn, that was fun.” (Groucho Marx)