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“Sometimes I think you love that mountain more than you love me.” James joked, dropping a kiss to his wife’s cheek as he passed over her coffee. She smiled and looked at him, the corners of her eyes crinkling more than they used to. They weren’t twenty anymore.

“Any post?” she asked.

“Yep. Something from the National Geographic Magazine.” he held out the envelope and she reached for it slowly.

“Another rejection letter?” she asked.

“Don’t know.” James shrugged. “You’re going to have to open it to find out.”

She took the letter from him, pinched between finger and thumb.

“Please.” she thought. “Not another rejection.”


The Volcanologist: Part Two

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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.


  1. I hope it’s not another rejection letter. I liked your description of them and I could feel their love for each other. Hopefully that will help it if is another rejection.


  2. Helena Hann-Basquiat says

    I really liked these characters, and I’m dying to know what the letter says as well!

  3. Very relatable tale there, and I could really see the interaction between them. Hope she finally gets that acceptance letter!!

    • Thank you for the comment, and I’m actually going to end up doing a follow up piece to this as there seems to be a demand for it.

  4. Well, I had decided I wasn’t going to follow anymore blogs – reading too much and not concentrating enough on writing or editing my MS. ~sigh~ why do you have to write so well?

  5. I loved the crinkling eyes line, what a great way to convey age and the length of their relationship! I think there’s a typo at the end (though for thought) and I did wish you’d given us some hint that it wasn’t a rejection, leaving us with hope rather than just her desperation, but that’s just me.

    • Shush! Don’t give it away to those who haven’t read part two yet.
      But thank you for reading both parts and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

  6. rejection…so hard to take especially when flow in like a river. i enjoyed your story.

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