crispina's challenge photo

“Oh, please Hun, let’s buy it,” Lydia pleaded.

Hun gave a loving but somewhat derisive chuckle.  “Oh, I can see it now.  The first time we have had money to invest, and you want this!”

“I can see Luke and Janie when I tell them I bought this house for you,” he continued.  “Nothing doing, darling, I want to honor you with something special.  How about a new Mercedes, or diamonds?  Or down payment on a fashionable house.”

Lydia sighed, knowing the next years were still going to be hard for her.  Goal oriented, ambitious, seldom-seen husband on the move.  What she wanted was a home filled with the kind of memories she had as a child.   A father with security enough to meet the bills; not a husband scrambling on the “ladder of success.”

She would wait to tell him she didn’t have the abortion.


Picture by Crispina Kemp posted for this photo challenge.

Crimson’s Creative Challenge

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Ah, she’s married the wrong man. Went for power instead of caring. Excellently captured 🙂

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you, Crispina. I was happy to find your blog. I will come over to see how to find other entries on this challenge. I’ve been doing Word Press word for the day during April. Looking for new prompts. You just fit the bill. About the story. It is sad that people before knowing what really drives your mate. Husband and kids/wealth and status. I think it is even worse though if the wife is the wealth and status and husband, wife and kids. Does that sound too anti-feminish? Made up word. I believe I was more career driven than my husband would have expected, however, he has never been less than encouraging to me for my achievements. Thankfully. Of course, I’m talking school teacher level. 😀

      • I understand that one. My drive has driven away potential husbands. One, on break up, said, “I hope you and your computer will be happy,” because he said I cared more about writing that I did about him. How perceptive!
        Please, you are welcome to partake of the weekly challenge. I post a new photo-prompt every Wednesday at 11:00 am GMT, except sometimes I boob and forget to change the time when I schedule. 🙂

  2. Mandibelle16 says:

    I think this is what many woman would like. Though, the occasional special treat (nice ring 🙂 etc.) doesn’t hurt, its better to have ends meet and save up for those treats.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Occasional thoughts are nice. A few nights ago, I told my husband I had seen some pretty blue wild flowers growing in the ditch. A couple days later I walked outside and there they were transplanted in my patio area. That was nice and inexpensive. No stress involved. But for those who can afford nice things without the stress, blessing on them. Much better than hoarding pennies. 😀

  3. says:

    Nice twist at the end.

  4. pranabaxom says:

    “She would wait to tell him she didn’t have the abortion.” And if Hun won’t buy the house she would give the baby up for adoption.

  5. ivor20 says:

    Alas, true happiness he hold in hand
    Not fantasies buried in sand

  6. gifted50 says:

    I cannot wait for the next chapter.

    • oneta hayes says:

      You leave me smiling. I am better at leaving a person in a fix, than getting them out of it. My answer in real life is “have faith, turn it over to Jesus.” But since he doesn’t generally move as fast as necessary for a 150 word story, we would still need another chapter. 😀

  7. I like your Lydia….she sounds like a woman who I could be friends with.

  8. Faye says:

    This is an interesting story with possibilities for expansion. Would personally love to read it as a short story. Thank you. Twist and writing style are ‘grabbing’ xx

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