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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 J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. 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. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.

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