ON THE RELEASE OF SHORT STORY
also part of
LOVE, LOSS, LAUGHTER & LUST: A Wayward Ink Publishing Anthology
What do you do when you become invisible to the love of your life?
THERE he is, asleep on the couch again. I know he’s tired, but why can’t he come to bed?
He maintains that he can’t help it. But if he’s that tired, why can’t he take the extra ten steps toward our bedroom? We live in a beautiful apartment in a good part of Seattle. There’s no dog to put out, or children to get ready for bed. Our home is clean, and on late nights, I make sure there’s something in the fridge, or in the oven on the timer, ready for when he comes home. During daylight hours, I greet him too, waiting for my cuddle and peck on the lips.
He tells me that he comes in, grabs a decaf, and puts on the TV to unwind—yet somehow, he always falls asleep. I’ve lost count of the number of times he’s said he’s sorry. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how often he says those words, nothing changes. So how sorry can he really be? Every occasion he does it, the sense of rejection vibrates to my very core. There was a time when my bed was his favorite place—what changed? Are we stuck in a rut? Too comfortable? Has he found someone else? Surely not!
David works really long hours at the hospital. He loves his vocation. It gives him a true sense of accomplishment and job satisfaction. He’s worked hard to gain the fantastic reputation he has, as head of ER. I’m happy he does a job that is part of who he is. One that gives him such self-worth. So, is it wrong of me to be jealous? Is it wrong of me to want him to love me more than his job? I love him so much, yet I can’t even remember the last time we were seriously intimate.
We’ve been together for twelve years—married for the last seven. For the past few years, we’ve been like ships that pass in the night—leaving a coffee on the table for each other, before we go to our respective employment. We’ve known for a while something like this could happen, and I thought I was prepared for it. However, it’s harder than I thought it would be—much harder.
Luckily, I’m a programmer, and a while ago, I was fortunate enough to secure work from home for part of the time, so that I could see him more. A half hour more is what I got… a whole half-hour, before he’d be out like a light—on where else, the couch again.
Taylin Clavelli lives in the United Kingdom, about 15 miles south of Birmingham, and a short journey from the world famous Cadbury’s Chocolate factory. She’s married with children and loves her family with all her heart.
Her love of books has been a long standing affair, with Taylin liking nothing better than to lose herself in an imaginary world.
Until she met Lily Velden, she never considered trying her hand at writing. However, after talking ideas, Lily encouraged her to put pen to paper—or rather, fingers to keyboard. Since, with a few virtual kicks in the right place, she hasn’t stopped. Her confidence eventually led to her writing an original work for submission.
Her first published work was Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters, developed for the Dreamspinner Press Anthology – Don’t Try This At Home.
Now she absolutely adores immersing herself into the characters she creates, and transferring the pictures in her brain to paper, finding it liberating, therapeutic, and wonderful.
Outside of writing, her interests include; martial arts (she’s a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do), horse-riding, all of which facilitates her love of a wide variety of movies. Her action heroes include Jet Li and Tony Jaa—finding the dedication these men have for their art combined with their skill both amazing and a privilege to watch. If pressed, she’ll admit to thinking that the screen entrance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl, and Shadowfax in LOTR, to be the greatest screen entrances ever. Her all-time favorite movies are Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
The simple things in life that make her day, putting a smile on her face are:
Laughter – especially that of her children.
The smell of lasagna cooking – it makes her mouth salivate.
The dawn chorus – no symphony ever written can beat the waking greetings of the birds.
Taylin Clavelli can be found at:
- Website: http://www.taylinclavelli.com/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaylinClavelli
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