Furious Fiction – July 2020

The brief of the AWC Furious Fiction—July 2020 short story competition was as follows:

  • Your story must take place at either a WEDDING or a FUNERAL.
  • Your story must include something being cut.
  • Your story must include the words “UNDER”, “OVER” and “BETWEEN.”

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My Best Friends’ Wedding Day

Today is the wedding day of Aaron and Erin – the (former) love of my life, and my long-time best friend. It turns out that they were secretly seeing each other behind my back. I was so furious and screamed so much that I thought I was going to have a stroke, when I found out and confronted them.

Months later, I was surprised to find their wedding invitation buried under some junk mail on my kitchen counter. I immediately ticked the “attend” box.

I sat in the back so they wouldn’t see me at first, I have to admit Erin’s (surprisingly black and not white) dress, the flowers, the ceremony, all of it was all very beautiful and the love between them is obvious.

As the reception was getting underway, I went to my car to get my surprise out for them. I could hear the music that everyone was dancing to wrap up. I went over to them as they were laughing at some guests’ conversation and tapped Erin on the shoulder. They both had bright but tentative smiles on their faces.

I gave them my surprise, a card with a travel envelope. The envelope contained tickets, accommodation info, and tours for their honeymoon. Aaron just started his own business and Erin is just a student – most of their money has gone towards his business. They were speechless at first but they eventually thanked and hugged me, before they left to cut the cake.

The truth is that once I stopped crying, I realised that Aaron and I weren’t right for each other, and Erin was a better match for him. Do I condone their cheating? No, but they did apologise profusely through emails, letters, phone calls, even flowers, although I ignored these at first, we eventually talked things out. The honeymoon was my way of offering an olive branch and letting them know that I’m over it now.

 

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