#AtoZChallenge: #ShortStory – Letter M

Not one of my better stories I’m afraid.

Words for the AtoZ Challenge are randomly chosen using Random.Org.  Words used for letter M are:

  • MMalapropism – Ridiculous misuse of words
  • Mercury – Silvery liquid metal (found in thermometers)
  • Mettlesome – Spirited, Ardent, able to handle difficult sit in spirited resilient way.
  • Minivan – small van
  • Marry – join as husband & wife, take a spouse

Molly carefully steered her minivan along the  lonely highway.  To her relief Meredith, her 3 year old daughter, slept soundly in her car seat in back. The night before, Meredith had come down with a fever, the mercury on the thermometer rising towards the 100 degree mark.  She had broken down and spent money on a hotel that night, having spent the other nights sleeping in the car at rest stops and truck stops along the way.  Meredith had been restless throughout most of the night and Molly had gotten very little sleep herself.  Molly looked forward to the trips end.  It had been a long hard trip from Florida back to her hometown of Madras  as she drove she thought about the events leading up to her decision to return home. 

When she had decided to marry Meredith’s father, Molly knew that it wouldn’t be a marriage of love but of necessity.  But she thought that they would make things work.  Go knows she had tried.  Sadly, Mark hadn’t seemed willing to give it the same try. 

Molly had suspected that Mark had been cheating, even still she had found herself surprised when her suspicions were confirmed.  When she confronted Mark about it he hadn’t even tried to deny it.  He told her that he wasn’t in love with her, that he never had been.  Like her, Mark had only decided to marry because it was “the right thing to do”.  From the beginning, he had said, her malapropism, among other things, had grated on his nerves.  He had told her that he was in love with someone else. and that he wanted a divorce

At first he had helped with child support but showed no interest in spending anytime with his daughter.  It wasn’t long before the child support payments became few and far between.  Sure there had been a court order but getting that enforced proved difficult and Molly didn’t have the money for fancy lawyers.  In the end, she had given up.  Her grandmother had always said she had a mettlesome spirit when it came to dealing with difficulties in life.  Molly was determined to have that same spirit in starting a new lie back home.


Join Me in the month of April as I write “Alphabet stories” each day featuring a different letter from A to Z for the A to Z Challenge.


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