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Richard found himself talking to the furniture.

"Ahhh" he sighed settling into his favourite chair "lets have a nice sit down shall we?" The question lay down on the floral rug and withered away unanswered.

"What's that all about, eh?" he grumbled to the doormat that had curled up snuggly against the front door, jamming it when he opened it for the milk, as he picked up his post. "What's that about?"

"Right then, let's get the kettle on" he chirped conversationally to the kettle which blushed until steam came out of its ears and boiled despite being watched. "Lovely cuppa" he said in thanks, and the kettle whistled shyly to herself until she was calm again.

"Come along then" he grumbled as he grappled with the lawnmower, "Come along, come along then. That's a good girl".

Richard didn't mind talking to most of the furniture, he had done it most days of his long eighty-six years. He had talked to the furniture as it had slunk into corners and nested in cupboards when they had moved in forty-odd years ago. He didn't notice he did it any more.

Richard didn't mind talking to the furniture except a lamp. A walnut carved lamp with a broad shouldered torso that shone too brightly the last time it had been on. He must remember to replace the bulb. He never remembers to replace the bulb. He doesn't want to replace the bulb.

What he minds is jolting awake in the middle of the night with "Mary!" on his lips. The slam of his hand into the sheets, the way his hands deform into claws, that rake the unexpected negative space, despite the arthritis. The shot of pain through his knuckles reminds him - a sharp reminder, like he used to get at school for sticking his plushly wet chewing gum under his desk. No! No, it said. No.

Yet most nights he woke still, turning in fright and being faced with the blank shade of the lamp. He'd repeat himself; "Mary.." and let his head wilt down to the pillow once more.


I know what I wrote about, but I'd love to know what you read about here. Let me know.

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IntelligentZombie Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, you started with it being so funny and adorable, and then SLAM, heartbreaking, really great writing. :heart:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Gosh thank you, and yes I tend to cruelly twist things. haha
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IntelligentZombie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, and I believe you mean: "Muahahahaha!" :evillaugh: 
:XD:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Why yes, yes indeed!
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Relic-Angel Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor guy... :(
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Nods
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Relic-Angel Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
;__;
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nihil-nihil-nihil Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Truly heartbreaking.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
:love: Thank you
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leyghan Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Humorous, sad and relatable all at once. I love this!
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
:tighthug: Thank you so much
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner May 4, 2013   General Artist
so many feels. :huggle:
i love the emotions this one brings out in the reader, very powerful indeed. beautiful job, kittykitty :love:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
FEELS. I FEEL THEM. <3
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   General Artist
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0hgravity Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful piece. the details make this feel so real.
it is sad how full Richard tries to make his empty house by speaking to the furniture. really nice work bringing them to life as Richard probably sees them.
and then the end, quite heartbreaking.
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Story-of-a-Mind Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I loved how you described the talking to the furniture. Especially The question lay down on the floral rug and withered away unanswered. and the kettle part.
And then there is this lamp. Which he wants to change and at the same does not want to change. Maybe he does not want to change it because it reminds him of his wife.
And the the unexpected negative space. Maybe that is why he talks to the furniture, because it is just there. And it will be there the next day and again the next. Maybe it will get broken but it will still be there. Like that lamp that is too bright (or maybe isn't really. Only if you wake up in the middle of the night missing someone and your eyes are too slow to adjust to the light).

All in all a beautiful piece.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Thank you, and I thought about the lamp that maybe shes the last one who changed the bulb so her touch will be on it.
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cskadoz Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013   General Artist
:tears: beautiful portrait of true love lost. my grandmother misses grampa dearly. after he visits her dreams, she shares how sad and wonderful they are . . . then gets mad at him for being "so damn young!" in her dreams. :hug:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Nods. I have dreams about my sister sometimes and when I wake up it takes a second to remember whats real, and then it hurts all over again
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WinterLeave Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
a wonderful piece of art!
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Thank you Winter :]
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WinterLeave Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome, Kate!
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StellaStarfish Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Poor Richard... He's obviously lonely... Perhaps a dead wife? Anyway, its beautifully sad :) great work!
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Nods, that was my thought. Thank you!
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ninjagirl371321 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student
I am kind of terrified of getting married and having to live without whoever it is I've known for decades and gotten so used to and loved so well. I really like this, it conveys the emotion nicely. Very sad though :<
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
:tighthug: Nods. A few years ago my grandmother passed away and she and I were very close so that was terrible, but the worst thing was my grandfather breaking to pieces and begging her not to leave him afterwards. Whispering into his rosary and clutching her hand, it broke me, but at the same time, I want a love like that.
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ninjagirl371321 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student
Oh yes, exactly. That's quite sad.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Nods, but sadly beautiful.
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Bark Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Writer
An excellent description of loss and loneliness.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
:tighthug: Thank you so much, that is what I hoped to convey
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