Another writing challenge! This time from Haley Whitehall on her blog ‘Soldiering Through The Writing World’. The challenge was to write a short story (500 words or less) that started with – ‘She had been warned, but now it was too late.’
She Had Been Warned
She had been warned, but now it was too late. Nobody could say he hadn’t given her plenty of chances. How many times had he sat on the next table at the coffee shop or followed her shopping or sat outside her house for hours? He’d even smiled and said hello to her once at the bar in the local wine bar. Yet she totally ignored him.
They’d first met 18 months ago. He’d been in a hurry picking up some last-minute shopping when he literally bumped into her. His apology had been genuine and she had smiled and been so gracious. He could still remember that smile. It was then that he knew she was the woman for him.
After that he just couldn’t get her out of his mind. He would find himself driving past her house on the way home from work in the hope he might catch a glimpse of her. At weekends he would follow her shopping or sit in his car outside her house. The more he saw her the more certain he was that she was the woman for him. There were only two obstacles standing in their way – his wife and her husband.
Getting rid of both of them had proved to be much easier than he first envisaged. His wife died in a tragic accident in the Lake District. On one of her favourite hikes she slipped and fell down the mountain to her death. That was the story he had given to the police and they believed him. He could still see that look of surprise and horror on his wife’s face as she tumbled over the edge. Disposing of the husband had also been relatively easy. This time a quick push in the back on that crowded platform and the next thing you heard was the screech of brakes and screams from people who witnessed the tragic accident. The coroner was undecided whether it was an accident or suicide, apparently he had been under extreme pressure at work.
So why, after all he had done for her, did she still ignore him? In the end he decided to go and ask her. When she opened the door it was obvious she didn’t know him. She looked so alarmed when he told her all that he had done to ensure that they could be together forever. He hadn’t meant to hurt her but if he hadn’t hit her she would have screamed the place down.
When the police found his car it looked like a joint suicide. A classic case, the car parked up in a deserted spot, a hose pipe from the exhaust pipe in through the driver’s window. What the police couldn’t fathom out is why the pair of them had decided to take their lives? According to all the friends and relatives they interviewed it seemed that the two hadn’t even know one another.