Day 11 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Better Man by Pearl Jam
Shannon: You need to tell him you’re leaving. You can do this. You are brave. You are important. Willow repeated her pep talk for the hundredth time. He can’t change your mind again. Not this time.
She heard his car pull into the driveway from the bedroom, and immediately her throat started to burn. As he opened the front door and dropped his keys on the table, her hands started to shake. What if I’m wrong? What if my life only gets worse without him? She made an attempt to steady her hands. She took in deep breaths as she counted his footsteps on the stairs. Five more steps, she closed her eyes and in one quiet movement laid back down and covered herself with the blanket. She couldn’t do it. She was a coward who wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
She decided to sleep, too depressed to do anything else. Not long after she heard him turn away to let her rest, she was transported to a different land. Finding herself in a cabin where she was cozying up to the fireplace, memorized by the flames. A man interrupted her with a gift of hot chocolate and she offered him the spot next to her. His eyes were crystal blue, a stark contrast from her husband’s deep brown.
“You’re beautiful,” he praised her as took her first sip. She smiled behind the cup. “Where have you been hiding,” he questioned, lighting up her heart. “Run away with me,” he tempted her.
She laughed. “I don’t know you,” she shook her head.
“You will,” he put out his hand.
That was all she needed. She took his hand and they started running through the building. He lead her outside into the snow, and somehow it wasn’t cold. He picked some up and tossed it in the air above her head letting it fall around her like white glitter. He did the same above his own head and grabbed her hand tightly. They began to float, making her weightless. She felt alive and happy for the first time in a long time. “Willow, Willow,” she heard her name trying to figure out where it was coming from. As it continued she finally realized she was dreaming and had no choice but to go back to her real life.
“I’m sorry about last night. I love you,” he kissed her forehead the second she opened her eyes.
“I love you too,” she lied, wishing he hadn’t woken her up, but she couldn’t live in her dreams forever.
“Are you going to make diner,” he asked with an encouraging smile.
She wanted to cry, but just nodded, finally getting up.
Erin: “You need to leave him,” Liza took a swig of her straight black coffee.
“He said he’s never done this before,” I continued to leave my latté untouched.
“He didn’t have to do it before. He did it last night,” Liza continued to be harsh.
“He’s my fiancé,” I reminded.
“Exactly, which means yours is the only action he should be getting. End of story,” she rolled her eyes.
“Be quiet,” I looked to make sure no one else in the coffee shop was listening. “He is going to be my husband.”
“Have a little respect for yourself, you don’t need to be with a jerk like him,” she let out a grunting scream. “You deserve someone great.”
“Do I deserve kids and my beautiful wedding,” I asked suddenly having a hard time breathing.
“Yes of course, you deserve the world,” she smiled a soft smile.
“I’m 34 he’s the only one who’s going to give me that,” a few tears dropped from my eyes as the realization hit me of what I had said. This was not how my life was supposed to go.
The little smile she had faded. Liza shook her head and stood up, “find a new maid of honor.”
When in doubt a song will help you whip an idea out. Agreed?