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The Row

“What was he doing here?” Arthur asked, trying to keep his voice under control.

“Who?” Charlotte replied, “You don’t mean Henry do you?”

“Of course I mean bloody Henry!” Arthur snapped “Why? Do you have another man hiding in here somewhere?” he demanded, rounding on his wife.

“Don’t be ridiculous.” Charlotte laughed, “You always were a funny one.”

“Don’t talk down to me!” the words came out closer to a snarl that sentence, “You think I haven’t noticed!”

Charlotte rolled her eyes dramatically.

“There is nothing to notice Arthur. You’re over reacting as always.”


“Yes.” Charlotte said slowly, “A man who also happened to be the son of a very good friend of my father’s. I couldn’t simply refuse to speak to him now, could I?” she laughed again.

“You should have.” Arthur muttered darkly.


“I SAID YOU SHOULD HAVE!” he bellowed, “I not right! It’s not proper!”

“Now Arthur.” Charlotte soothed, “You’re getting yourself all worked up over such a silly little thing.”

“Silly?” Arthur panted exasperatedly, “No silly is your need to carry a spare bonnet with you to church in case someone else has worn the same one as you! This is not silly!”

Charlotte shook her head wordlessly.

“I’m going to bed Arthur. I’m too tired to have this fight again.”

“Then listen to me for once! You must stop this behaviour Charlotte! Before it destroys us!”

“Goodnight Arthur.” She answered sharply, snapping the door shut behind her.

“Charlotte, I-”

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Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.

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