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Romance Drama

Sometimes relationships are only meant to stay for a season.


The rain should only fall when the earth needs it, for the dam can only hold so much.


If one is too selfish and takes more than they can hold, their dam will crack and all will flush away.


The wedding band on his finger shone brightly in the sun, a constant reminder of his life’s best decision. A union of the greatest things his life had to offer was wrapped up in a perfect bow.


He woke up to greet his beautiful wife, her scent being the most intoxicating smell in his world. Lie there and enjoy the show as she undressed for her morning showers, receiving a sly wink before following behind.


Walking into his daughter’s room to wake her up for school, witnessing her cute face scrunch up after asking for five more minutes as she did every morning. After placing a kiss to her forehead, he maneuvered around all her toys to make breakfast for his two girls.


He had it all. A house that was almost paid off, more than enough money to pay all the bills that came, and a picture-perfect family to top it off. It was the future he had dreamed of since the day he knew she was the one.


No matter how large the feast is, one will always want to add more.


Order the meal they love the most while still craving what the next table has.


How can one be happy with all they have, and still risk it all just to have more?


Why go down the path that will strip you from it all when it clear from the start?


The house right across from them had been for sale for months, being of no interest until that fateful day the sign had changed. It had been the talk of the neighbourhood, but he never had any genuine care for it until he saw who moved in.


It was a face he knew more than well, one he had written poems and love letters about. The first-ever body he had seen in all its beauty, his hands caressed over every part he could, the skin being the softest he had ever felt. He saw those eyes, the first pair of eyes to ever make him fall in love.


He thought this must be a joke; his eyes were playing on him, but a pinch proved it all to be true. Standing across the way was his highschool sweetheart with a husband and son of her own.


Curiosity is in a teen’s natural nature, minds always wondering about.


From one thought to the next, they flurry around.


Consequences are nothing but a distant thought when all is focused on the present.


But an adult living with this mindset is nothing more than a recipe for disaster.


The rain will come hard, and the boat will tip over.


It started out great. There was nothing but laughter when the two families meet. The conversations were warm and lively, the two little ones quickly becoming great friends. The backstory between the two sweethearts became the highlight of their dinner, the two spouses had too much trust to be jealous of a relationship that fizzled out two decades ago.


He was more than sure that their affections towards each other had disappeared completely. Their separation wasn’t forced but agreed upon by both parties for the sake of college. It was peaceful with no hard feelings, he hadn’t even thought about her in years.


It will never be something you do until the day you do it.


No one grows up to be exactly what they dreamed, for life is not fair, and neither are we.


Temptation grows on all trees, always ready for picking, choosing the weak and willing.


For we are all flawed, we must be, or everyone would be a saint.


Everything started with a simple request. Both being stay at home parents, their time was free, and their minds ran quick. He went over to help move furniture, and that was all he intended to do. At least that’s what he thought as he walked through the door.


He didn’t plan to get talking about their relationship together over a cup of tea, the same kind they drank during their lunch dates. He didn’t want to remember all the feelings he had when they were together, the beauty of his first time experiencing the art of making love.


He wasn’t sure who leaned in first, but that didn’t matter because neither of them pulled away. They held each other tight as they continued making their worst mistake, moaning each other’s names while they broke the vows they had both written themselves.


The darkest day is when you lose your soul, not by losing your life but by corrupting it on your own.


Mistakes are aplenty, playing a hand in the lives of all, but not all the same.


There are those who commit with a mind of innocence, unaware of the foul till the deed is done.


But this hand did not act without knowing its crime, for instead, it kept hold of its sin all the while losing its grip on the soul


It felt amazing in the moment, but a storm of regret hit not long after. Two commitments tainted with one single action. He felt the shame, almost toppling over from the weight of it. The two of them locked eyes—still entangled in each others’ embrace—and vowed to never make the same mistake.


He had wanted to keep that vow strong, never again take another hit at the trust both him and his wife had forged over the years. He thought he was going strong, but yet he fell weak, and the cycle continued.


It was an addiction, the rush that came with sleeping with his past lover. Over and over again, they indulged in each other, changing places and positions as the excitement follows it. They even committed their sin in the bed that they laid with their own spouses, having sex in an area that brought along the most regret.


Laying at night, in the arms of his wife, is when the deceit hurt must. For she didn’t know, and if she did, then her acting was unfazed. She held him tight while whispering sweet nothings he was no longer worthy to hear, giving him the pleasure he will never again deserve.


The choice to commit the worst of all acts, a poison taken with a willful hand.


A time will come when the poison will arise, painting the skin with its beautiful lies.


For there is no cure, just a promise of death.



Sometimes relationships are only meant to stay for a season, for they become rotten and turn to poison.

August 09, 2020 20:54

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Parul Srivastava
02:30 Aug 13, 2020

It was like reading poetry. You are amazing Lynn! Loved how you twined passion and guilt all the way and left the reader wondering what happened...does that regret bring the man "who had it all" back on the right track? Superb!

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Lynn Penny
04:06 Aug 13, 2020

Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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Jonathan Blaauw
09:01 Aug 12, 2020

Wow, this is an incredible story! The italicized bits add so much, and it all flows like a beautiful poem. That is a brilliantly clever way to tell a story, and it takes a lot of skill to get right. I need to read more of your stuff because your talent is clear. Just a few small things I noticed, and I point them out only because I think this story is so good it deserves to be perfect. Also, there’s still time to edit. 1) I’d take out the ‘basically’ from ‘he basically had it all.’ It feels unnecessary. We’d add it in as a qualifier in s...

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Lynn Penny
15:04 Aug 12, 2020

Thank you so much! I really appreciate the advice, I’m just terrible when it comes to editing so every nick pick helps me tremendously. I’m glad you like my writing, makes me smile.

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Jonathan Blaauw
04:03 Aug 14, 2020

A very wise person once said: “Tying to edit your own writing is like trying to lick your own tongue – try as you might, it simply cannot be done.” Okay, so it was me, I say that. But one day when I’m famous and this is a real quote, you can say you saw it here first!

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Lynn Penny
14:23 Aug 14, 2020

I can Agree with that most definitely 😂

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02:30 Aug 12, 2020

This is so great. I love how you did the poetry. I feel like this could be made into a great novel. I also like that it doesn’t have a happy ending. Emotive tale

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Lynn Penny
03:50 Aug 12, 2020

Thanks! I usually don't mess around with poetry but it was fun to do!

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11:58 Aug 12, 2020

Well maybe you should mess around with it a little more often because it was lovely 😊

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P. Jean
23:15 Aug 11, 2020

This is an amazing story. I love the italicized words, truths you inserted. Thoughtful and wise. Super job of weaving a good story. Yes if you have it all, you must wonder why you would ever want more. (I see you are reading some of my older stories, thank you for that!)

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Lynn Penny
00:25 Aug 12, 2020

Thanks! I was reading some of your older stuff and I thought it was great. You got some real talent!

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P. Jean
00:35 Aug 12, 2020

Not sure about talent but writing keeps me out of the pool halls!

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This was so deep and I loved it. As I read, I envisioned the characters that you had in the story you did a great job of that. Clean and emotional. This is a masterpiece. Excellent job!

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Lynn Penny
00:23 Aug 12, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m glad you like it.😊

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No problem.

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Tvisha Yerra
19:43 Aug 11, 2020

Wow. This is beautiful. Just wondering, did you write the italics yourself, or did someone help you?

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Lynn Penny
21:09 Aug 11, 2020

I wrote them myself, not much for poetry but I wanted to try it out. I’m glad you liked it!

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Tvisha Yerra
02:24 Aug 12, 2020

Ah, those were absolutely beautiful! 👏

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Kristin Neubauer
19:23 Aug 11, 2020

Wow Lynn - so powerful. You interspersed the commentaries so skillfully - it made me think of the Greek chorus. It seems to me that would be very difficult to achieve effectively, but you've done it. Your story had so many great elements - the storytelling, the writing, the emotion, the thoughts behind it, the opening, the ending and everything in between. Awesome.

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Lynn Penny
21:10 Aug 11, 2020

Wow, thank you for your kind words!

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Velma Darnell
16:03 Aug 11, 2020

Wow, this story is captivating and full of interesting quotes that made me think about their deep meaning. I enjoyed that the ending leaves food for thought. Great job, Lynn! p.s. I would appreciate if you could read my story when you aren't busy, thank you!

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Lynn Penny
16:54 Aug 11, 2020

Thanks! I’d love to read your work!

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Saron Mengistu
10:00 Aug 11, 2020

Well done!! This was a captivating story with a beautiful, emotional plot. The narration was well done and painted the characters and setting wonderfully. The italic's metaphors were nicely put-together, amd the string between the transitions were hooked the reader throughout your story. For critique, I think it would be the concepts in the italics. They sort of jump between another, like from seasons to souls to poison. It's runs through of all the themes you want to convey. The text before the italics in the conclusion also didn't...

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Lynn Penny
13:05 Aug 11, 2020

Thanks! Honestly I didn’t know which ending I wanted to go with so I decided to leave it ambiguous.

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Saron Mengistu
13:30 Aug 11, 2020

Your welcome. If it was ambiguous, you did a great job:))

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Raquel Rodriguez
01:28 Aug 11, 2020

Love this, Lynn! The only problem I have... '... the dam will crack and all with flush away.' This is probably a typo, everyone makes them, don't worry! (lol) Anyways, I love the ending, you perfectly executed the allegories to blend in with the text! Awesome job! Could you check out my most recent entry and tell me what you think? It would mean a lot to me! :D

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Lynn Penny
03:57 Aug 11, 2020

Omg, totally missed that. Thanks so much! I would love to read your work. 🥰

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Raquel Rodriguez
03:15 Aug 12, 2020

Lol, it's fine! As I said before, everyone makes mistakes. Thank you too! :)

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Rayhan Hidayat
08:18 Aug 10, 2020

I adore this, wow! 😮 Writing was so smooth, it flowed like a poem. And the whole sense of inevitability throughout was amazing, especially with the little proverbs scattered throughout. Awesome stuff, keep writing! 😊

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