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The Waiting


Photo Prompt – Melanie Greenwood

‘We’ve been waiting for over an hour.’ Sonya scanned the floodlit runway before stepping closer. ‘He’s not coming.’

I saw her lift my hands, her lips warm against my knuckles.

‘We don’t leave without him.’

She frowned at me. My hands went cold again.

‘And what if he’s dead? What if he’s been caught?’

‘He might be dead,’ I admitted. ‘He won’t have been caught.’

She shook her head and I wondered if she’ll leave like she did in Cairo.

‘We wait.’ She bit the words out. ‘Just like we always bloody do.’

I smiled. Once.

‘For him,’ she growled.


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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 wondered if she’ll leave/She bites the words out ~ A change of tense in these two sentences?

    Very Casa Blanca – if you haven’t seen it, YOU MUST!

  2. gahlearner says

    Waiting at an airport like that, yes, that’s a very Casablanca feel. I’m intrigued by the connections between ‘her’, the narrator, and ‘him’. The possible triangle adds to the Casablanca feeling. Sorry… 🙂

  3. I think Sonya at one time had a relationship with the unnamed protagonist and there’s much unresolved. And yes, of course there’s Casablanca implications, no doubt about it.

  4. I agree that he’s indeed a special person if she makes an exception for him. She doesn’t sound like a patient person. Well written, Carol. 🙂 — Suzanne

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