Lost In Space
“The video camera will document my last moments with you. A souvenir for my twilight years.
“I look fine in my silk suit. I don’t need the mirror to tell me what I know to be true. Men and women watch me walk down the street, mouths open in awe and admiration.
"I had my hair trimmed this morning before going into the office. I got my nails polished just after lunch. I stopped on the way home to have a shine put on my designer boots.
“No sense in having false humility. I see you agree with me, dear wife. Your silence confirms your adoration.
“I am pleased you followed my instructions today. You are wearing the blue dress I laid out for you. You put on the earrings I gave you on our anniversary. I can see the pills I left you in place of your vitamins did not cause you any pain.
“If you had not decided to become pregnant against my express wishes, we could have gone on in perfect marital bliss. I never lied to you. I said I did not want a child. I told you a baby would be the death of you.
“Now, the world will know how I suffered. They will know I gave you everything. They will know my generosity. They will know my forbearance. They will know my great patience. They will know I could not have tried any harder or done more.
“When they find you tomorrow after I am gone, they will understand why I could not allow your charade to continue. They will understand that I could not allow you to humiliate me. They will understand I could not allow you to bring me down to your level.
“I booked a first class seat to paradise. Not the same paradise to which you are venturing, of course. My time has not yet come for that ultimate perfection. Fiji’s clear waters await me. Relax, reinvent, reappear.
“I see my dazzling smile in the silver tray. The crystal shines. Not one fingerprint or smudge. I thank you for decanting my favorite wine. Did you get it right this time?
“It tastes like you left it to breathe too long, as usual.
“Oh, well, I salute your effort even though it is a bit too late to make things up to me.
“Santé…hmmm…too late for your health.
“I toast your choice of husband. Yes, I like that.
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“I’m done with the pictures, Detective.”
“Turn off the video camera, Officer. Bag and mark it as evidence. Then tell the coroner he will need to bring two gurneys.”
The prompt for next Tuesday, March 30, 2010 is “Dark Shadows.”
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