Saturday, 18 April 2015

Peanut Butter and Ice Cream #AtoZchallenge




I sit down at the kitchen table and huff. The huff is unintentional. Or maybe subconscious.
He doesn’t say anything. He turns away as though he doesn’t even care.
He didn’t wrap his arm around me. Or ask what’s wrong. He didn’t smile or say something reassuring.
Even a bad joke right now would be better than this silence.
This is it, I guess; the end of us. I know things haven’t been right, but I thought we’d sort them out; I thought it was one of those petty little things. We’ve been together six years; it should take more than this to break us up.
He rinses a few dishes, wipes them. He’s fussing, to avoid me. He’s humming to himself; one of those annoying tics he’s got when he’s stressed.
I lean forward and bang my head against the table. Gently at first, then a little more firmly, until I can feel the impression of the table on my skin. I grumble to myself; my own little tic, making unintelligible noises in place of words.
I have no words.
I have a tear, though, dripping down my nose and onto the table.
He wraps his arm around my shoulder; he smiles when I look up; he offers me a bowl of peanut butter and ice cream. My favourite.

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48 comments:

  1. Ah, that felt so sad and hopeless. Totally drew me in though. You know it's not going well when you have to bang your head on a table to get attention.

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    1. Yes, banging your head on the table is a last resort in an argument :-)

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  2. I was close to tears with this one. I think (in our insecurities!) we all have moments where we wonder if we're loved anymore. I wish those moments ended for me with peanut butter and ice cream ;)

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    1. I hope the ending made up for the tears, Clarabelle :-)

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  3. That was so sad and then the end, I hope it was as hopeful as if made me feel.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. I thought it was time for a happy ending, Tasha ;-)

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  4. As I read that, I kept wondering what any of it had to do with peanut butter and ice cream. But there it was at the end. Well done. :)

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    1. The title came first, Michael, and that first line came very soon afterwards.

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  5. You have a nice writing style.

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  6. Awww. That would heal things for me too.

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    1. I've never eaten that combination, but I really want to try it!

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  7. Hi there - I'm nutsy about peanut butter, but not necessarily with ice cream. BTW, I gave a shout out to your blog on my 'N' post; just catching up on visiting.

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    1. Thanks for the shout out, Diane - I think I visited the other day, because someone pointed it out. But I'll just pop back to check ;-)

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  8. Hi Annalisa - gosh ... leading to the most terrible of ends - yet you pulled it round ... and I hope sincerely they live happily ever after!! I'm not sure about peanut butter and icecream either .. but it that kept their love alive ... then a big fat Yes to that mix!! Cheers Hilary

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    1. I wrote it to be a happy ending, Hilary, to you can rest easy :-)

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  9. What an emotional roller-coaster you packed into such a short piece!

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  10. Aw! That was sad but sweet. Your favorite ice cream is a nice peace offering. :)

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    1. I've never been given an ice cream peace-offering; perhaps I should encourage it :-)

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  11. I love this piece. And especially the ice cream and peanut butter at the end to soften that blow. Nice job.

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  12. That is sweet of him to offer the peanut butter and ice cream at the end. I have to say that if my partner banged his head on the table and grumbled if I didn't speak to him that I'd want to break up. Relationships are so strange sometimes. You really capture that.

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    1. From the outside, all relationship problems would look pretty bizarre, I suppose.

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  13. Way to go withe ice cream! Great story.

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  14. we live and die by our own perceptions, often these are half-true, i like the way you ended the story

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    1. Very true - no one knows exactly what the other person is thinking. We hold things back to protect ourselves.

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  15. A thought provoking piece. Sad.

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    1. Not too sad, I hope, Maria. I was going for a happy ending ;-)

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  16. I'd like that, but don't think peanut butter and ice cream solves the problem.

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    1. Perhaps not fully, Alex, but it allows time to regroup.

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  17. This is so sad - but well written!! (I hope they can figure it out.... but I think not....

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    1. I'm thinking positively about this couple, and this ending, Mark :-)

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  18. Kind of a high price to get a bowl of ice cream (head banging. . .) When we're feeling out of sorts, we can do strange things.

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  19. I liked this story - it made me feel hopeful. Maybe it's not all over for them yet, after all, it's the little things that count :)

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    1. I think this couple have a future too, Rachel :-)

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  20. We just had Snickers ice cream. Now that's some really good ice cream!

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    1. Snickers in general are wonderful inventions. Although I'm not keen on the Snickers flapjacks - do you have those in the US?

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  21. Wonderful little piece! All your vignettes are so infused with emotion! I love reading them.

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  22. Perfect happy ending, which can be a tad unusual for your stories. Thanks for making my Sunday read a delight. Mmmm - peanut butter ice cream - where's my bowl? I'm late to comment but back for more on Monday.

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    1. Lol, yes, I think it's a very happy ending. I guess not everyone would realise how happy it is compared to my usual work. I tried really hard :-)

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  23. Because peanut butter and ice cream make it all better! Okay. I'm like really saying is that mixed or seperate? Haha!

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    1. Same bowl, and mixed up until the ice cream is all soft and sloppy, Tammy. I've never tried it with peanut butter, but loved it with chocolate spread when I was a kid :-)

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