Hindsight is a Wonderful Thing

The eyes are windows to the soul  – that’s what Mum always said.

I should have listened.

Your violet irises flashed, beckoned me closer, swept me up in endless nights.

But in time those come-to-bed eyes proved what they really were – a distraction – a decorative facade fronting nothing but empty rooms.

I should have known when you lied about your job.

I should have known when you stayed out all night.

I should have known when you laughed as I cried.

I should have known when other women came calling.

I should have known.

FF - 11.04.18 - Hindsight
PHOTO PROMPT © Yarnspinnerr


This piece was written for the Friday Fictioneers hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields – Addicted to Purple.

Each week a photo prompt is given and the challenge is write a flash fiction piece of no more than one hundred words.

Find other Friday Fictioneer stories here.

Author: Jennifer Kennedy

Mother, teacher and writer. I love all my jobs but writing holds a special place in my heart. I hope you enjoy reading my short stories as much as I enjoy writing them!

53 thoughts on “Hindsight is a Wonderful Thing”

  1. As a friend told me years ago about relationships.. Ga-Ga goes away.. how can you have a true love when they are not a friend, a companion.. peace to you Jen

  2. Powerful and simple… I LOVE ‘a decorative facade fronting nothing but empty rooms’. Painful lessons but worthwhile ones. Loved it 🙂
    Mine’s just daft this week!

  3. That’s a well written exploration of some raw emotions of betrayal and loss. It’s astonishing how we can believe people like your violet-eyed seducer, but we do. And I find it even more astonishing that the seducers don’t care about the harm they cause by their irresponsible actions.

  4. Beautifully written. She should never blame herself. She was trusting and gave love where she believed it was deserved. I hope she meets another who deserve her.

  5. I know the feeling, should have, could have, would have, if only – but didn’t.
    I like what you have done with the header and the dropped G – funny and clever.

    1. Thanks James! I’m afraid the dropped G is a formatting issue, it looks different on different devices. I’ve no idea how to fix it – so not very clever after all 🤣

  6. I love that analogy of the windows to the soul and the person with ’empty rooms’ – spot on. And the repetition of ‘should have’ works so well. Lovely, sad story

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